Our Organisation

Published on 13/12/2016

The VCC currently has six units along the south coast of England although there are plans to open new units soon.  Each unit is based on a ship’s company (RNVCC) or standard battalion structure (RMVCC) with a senior adult volunteer as Commanding Officer.  The VCC also has a Royal Marines Cadet Band.

The VCC once had over 15 units but some of these have closed as the Royal Navy estate has reduced over the years.  All the current VCC units report into Headquarters Volunteer Cadet Corps (HQVCC) which is based in Portsmouth and commanded by a senior VCC officer.  HQVCC is under the command of the Royal Navy’s Cadets, Universities and Youth organisation, commanded by Commodore Robert Fancy OBE RN who is the Royal Navy’s Commander Core Training and Recruiting (COMCORE).  The VCC is sponsored by the Royal Navy under the authorisation of the Second Sea Lord.

Each VCC unit is commanded by a Commanding Officer, usually a VCC officer or warrant officer with extensive cadet and/or military experience.  They are assisted by serving Royal Navy or Royal Marines officers provided by the unit’s parent establishment who act as Liaison Officers to ensure that their unit is receiving adequate support from the Naval Service and MOD.  Other staff are drawn from each unit’s cadet force adult volunteers (CFAVs).  Where appropriate, co-located VCC units may share central resources.

Headquarters VCC

  • Commander VCC: Lt Col Terence Wing RMC.
  • Deputy Commander VCC: vacant.
  • Executive Officer RNVCC: Lt Mikaela Rees-Swindon RN.
  • Adjutant RMVCC: Capt Christopher Spratt RMC.
  • Logistics Officer: Lt Shirley Wing FMAAT RNC.
  • Training Safety Officer: Lt Louis Colpitts RMC.
  • DofE Award Scheme Coordinator: Lt Cdr Simon Weaver MSc RN.

Band of HM Royal Marines Cadets

  • Director of Music: Lt Tim Healy RMC.

HMS Collingwood RNVCC

  • Commanding Officer: CPO Adam Hearn RN.
  • Executive Officer: tba.
  • Training Officer: tba.

HMS Excellent RNVCC

  • Commanding Officer: Capt Christopher Spratt RMC.
  • Officer Commanding RN Cadets: WO1 Trevor Coleman RNC.
  • Executive Officer: PO Chris Edwards RNC.
  • Training Officer: CSgt Lee Bridgeman PhD RMC.


  • Commanding Officer: WO Mark Branson RNC.
  • Executive Officer: WO Kevin Bradford RNC.
  • Training Officer: CPO Ian Sweet RNC.

Portsmouth Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: Capt Christopher Spratt RMC.
  • Officer Commanding RM Cadets: WO2 Derek Wood RMC.
  • Training Officer: CSgt Lee Bridgeman PhD RMC.
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant: WO2 Sharon Scott RMC.
  • Logistics Officer: Lt Shirley Wing FMAAT RNC.

Plymouth Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: Lt Ossie Glover RMC.
  • Second-in-Command: WO2 Chris Cope RMC.
  • Adjutant: Lt John Neale RMC.
  • Training Officer: vacant.
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant: WO2 Darren Small RMC.
  • Snr Admin and Finance Officer: Mrs Alison Birkett.

Lympstone Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: WO1 Jen Crewdson RMC.
  • Second-in-Command: WO2 Paul Holden RMC.
  • Training Officer: tba.