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, Universities and Youth organisation, commanded by Brigadier David Kassapian RM 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.
  • Executive Officer (Training): Maj Chris Spratt RMC.
  • Executive Officer (Support): Lt Mikaela Rees-Swindon RN.
  • Training and Safety Officer: Lt Louis Colpitts RMC.
  • Logistics Officer (Finance): Lt Shirley Wing FMAAT RNC.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): SLt Alfie Richardson RNC.
  • Welfare and Safeguarding Officer:  WO2 Michelle Kennedy RMC.
  • DofE Award Officer: Cdr Simon Weaver RN.
  • Cadet Development Officer: Lt John Neale RMC.
  • Communications Officer: WO1 Oli Seebohm RMC. 
  • Training Warrant Officer: WO2 Gavin Collar RMC.

Band of the Royal Marines Volunteer Cadet Corps

  • Director of Music: Lt Tim Healy RMC.
  • Bandmaster (Portsmouth): Sgt Neil Anstee RMC.
  • Bugle Major (Plymouth): Sgt Keiran Brogan RMC.

HMS Collingwood RNVCC

  • Commanding Officer: CPO Adam Hearn RN.
  • Executive Officer: Vacant.
  • Training Officer: PO Lindsey Hallam RN.
  • Logistics Officer (Finance): CPO Kevin Moorhead.
  • Logistics Officer (Supply): Mrs Berry Bracknell.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): Mrs Caroline Sansom.

HMS Excellent RNVCC

  • Commanding Officer: WO1 Trevor Coleman RNC.
  • Executive Officer: CPO Julie Coleman RNC.
  • Training Officer: CPO Kelly Littlefield RNC.
  • Logistics Officer (Finance): Lt Shirley Wing FMAAT RNC.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): CPO Julie Coleman RNC.

HMS Sultan RNVCC

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

Portsmouth Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: WO1 Oli Seebohm RMC.
  • Second-in-Command: Vacant.
  • Training Officer: CSgt Chris Edwards RMC.
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant: Vacant.
  • Logistics Officer (Finance): Mrs Tina Hinchliffe.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): Mrs Vicki Leeming.

Plymouth Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: Capt Ossie Glover RMC.
  • Second-in-Command: WO2 Chris Cope RMC.
  • Training Officer: WO2 Matt Orr RMC.
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant: WO2 Darren Small RMC.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): Mrs Alison Birkett.
  • Logistics Officer (Finance): Ms Beth Roberts.

Lympstone Division RMVCC

  • Commanding Officer: Capt Ossie Glover RMC.
  • Second-in-Command: WO2 Paul Holden RMC.
  • Training Officer: WO2 Kevin Ousley RMC.
  • Logistics Officer (Admin): Ms Zoe Dambrough.

Arbroath Division RMVCC

  • Chief Instructor: Sgt Derek McNulty RMC.
  • Training Officer: Sgt Adrian Hill RMC.
  • Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant: Sgt Paul Philip RMC.

Gosport Division RMVCC

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

Training Centre VCC

  • Officer Commanding: WO1 Mark Branson RN.
  • Executive Officer: Vacant.