Our Organisation

Published on 13/12/2016

The VCC currently has units along the south coast of England, and one in Arbroath, Scotland; 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 the Band of the Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps.

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 and Youth organisation, commanded by the Royal Navy’s Assistant Chief of Staff (Training).  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 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 RMVCC.
  • Deputy Commander VCC: Maj Chris Spratt RMVCC.
  • Executive Officer (Training): Vacant.
  • Executive Officer (Support): Vacant.
  • Training and Safety Officer: SLt Alfie Richardson RNVCC.
  • Staff Officer: Lt Louis Colpitts RMVCC.
  • Logistics Officer (Finance): Lt Shirley Wing FMAAT RNVCC.
  • Welfare and Safeguarding Officer: Vacant.
  • DofE Manager: Cdr Simon Weaver RN (Retd).
  • Cadet Development Officer: WO1 Adam Hearn RN.
  • Fundraising and Charity Officer: Lt Louis Colpitts RMVCC.
  • Communications Officer: Mr Bernie Rainer-Guy. 
  • Cadet Corps Regimental Sergeant Major: WO1 Loz Richer RMVCC.
  • Command Warrant Officer: vacant.

Band of the Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps

  • Director of Music: Lt Tim Healy RMVCC.
  • Staff Officer Band: Lt John Neale RMVCC.
  • Bandmaster (Portsmouth): Sgt Neil Anstee RMVCC.
  • Bugle Major (Plymouth): vacant.

HMS Collingwood RNVCC

  • Commanding Officer: WO2 Andrew Sansom RNVCC.
  • Executive Officer: CPO Gary Brackall RNVCC.
  • Training Officer: Vacant.
  • Logistics Officer (Finance): CPO Kevin Moorhead RNVCC.
  • Logistics Officer (Supply): Mrs Berry Brackall.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): Mrs Caroline Sansom.

HMS Excellent RNVCC

  • Commanding Officer: Lt Justin Strain RNVCC.
  • Executive Officer: PO Ryan Shelley GM RNVCC.
  • Training Officer: CPO Kelly Littlefield RNVCC.
  • Logistics Officer (Finance): CPO Kelly Littlefield RNVCC.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): Mrs Kelly Croxford.


  • Commanding Officer: WO1 Mark Branson RN.
  • Executive Officer: CPO Ian Sweet RNVCC.
  • Training Officer: SLt Alfie Richardson RNVCC.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): CPO Ian Sweet RNVCC.

Portsmouth Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: WO2 Chris Edwards RMVCC.
  • Second-in-Command: CSgt Josh Owens RMVCC.
  • Training Officer: LH Tom Galloway RN.
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant: CSgt Les McIntosh RMVCC.
  • Logistics Officer (Finance & Senior Admin): Mrs Tina Hinchliffe.
  • Logistics Officers (Admin): Mrs Vicki Leeming, Mrs Alice Rainer-Guy & Ms Tamlyn Scott.

Plymouth Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: Capt Ossie Glover RMVCC.
  • Second-in-Command: WO2 Darren Small RMVCC.
  • Training Officer: WO2 Matt Orr RMVCC.
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant: Sgt Mike Phillips RMVCC.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): .
  • Logistics Officer (Finance): .

Lympstone Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: WO2 Paul Holden RMVCC.
  • Second-in-Command: vacant.
  • Training Officer: WO2 Kevin Ousley RMVCC.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): Sgt Sheila Bolt.

Arbroath Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: CSgt Derek McNulty RMVCC.
  • Second-in-Command: Sgt Lisa Robb RMVCC.
  • Training Officer: Sgt Lisa Robb RMVCC.
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant: Sgt Paul Philip RMVCC.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): Sgt Carolyn Scott RMVCC.

Gosport Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: WO1 Mark Branson RN.
  • Executive Officer: CPO Ian Sweet RNVCC.
  • Training Officer:
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): CPO Ian Sweet RNVCC.

Training Centre VCC

  • Officer Commanding: Maj Chris Spratt RMVCC.
  • Executive Officer: SLt Alfie Richardson RNVCC.