The first Sea Cadet unit was established in 1854 at Whitstable in Kent, created by communities wanting to give young people instruction on a naval theme. Traditionally old seafarers provided training while local businessmen funded the Unit Headquarters.

The tradition of community - based Sea Cadet Units continues today with 400 across the UK each with charitable status enabling them to raise funds to meet their running costs. All Units are members of the Sea Cadet Corps and are governed by the national charity MSSC - the Marine Society & Sea Cadets.

We work partnership with the Royal Navy under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and receive corporate support from commercial shipping companies and the Maritime sector. Our core purpose is to celebrate Britain's maritime heritage and contribute to its future development by supporting young people as Sea Cadets.










Senior rates and instructors 

The Officer in Charge is responsible for the discipline, training and safety of instructional staff and cadets, for all cadet activities, and for the general staff and training administration of the Unit.

Ships email: 

Officer in Charge

PO (SCC) Andy Lawson  

Executive Officer

PO (SCC) Mo Wallis 

Admin Officer

Mrs Karen Chapman

Admin Assitant 

Miss Aimee Chapman 

Senior Rates & Instructors

CPO (SCC) Bev Jones

PPO (SCC) Kieran Dinnis 

CI (SCC) Robert Murphy 

CI (SCC) Sirshendu Ghosh

CI (SCC) Penny Gillett 


Stores Officer

Mr Graham Godwin


Ch (SCC) Revd Michael Skinner


Unit Management Committee (UMC)

The UMT is responsible for the day to day management of the Unit and all financial, legal and charity aspects.

A new unit management team is elected each year at our Annual General Meeting, our current UMC are:


Rev Michael Skinner

Deputy Chairperson

Mr Stephen Wagstaff 

Officer in Charge

PO (SCC) Andy Lawson 


Mr Tim Godsmark


Mr Trevor Grinstead

UMT Members

Mrs Sue Catterall

Mrs Christine Blanchett

Mr Martin Stevens

Mrs Karen Stevens



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