The Registration Authority

The Registration Authority is a wholly owned division of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

All power exercised by the Registration Authority derives from the HCMM Court by virtue of the 1932 Royal Charter (amended 2013). It is formed under Royal Charter and derives its authority from the Honourable Company. The Authority provides governance and oversight of the Chartership project, made up of HCMM members and maritime industry experts.

The function of the Registration Authority

  • oversee and manage the process by which the HCMM grants Chartered Master Mariner status
  • receive Chartership candidate applications that have been scrutinised by The Nautical Institute
  • process the applications in preparation for Professional Review Interview (PRI)
  • undertake PRI assessments and complete the relevant documentation
  • make final recommendations to the HCMM Court on the granting of Chartered Master Mariner status
  • implement and maintain a Register of Chartered Master Mariners
  • regularly review and modify this Register to ensure that all those on the Register comply with:
    • personal conduct statements;
    • codes of ethics;
    • Chartership application forms.

Current Committee Members

Chairman Admiral Sir Nigel ESSENHIGH GCB
Deputy ChairmanCaptain Peter MCARTHUR
HCMM Court Assistants (3)Commander Les CHAPMAN RN (Chairman, Review by RA Sub-Committee)
 Captain Richard BARNES
 Captain Susie THOMSON
Stakeholder Organisations 
Nautical InstituteCaptain Gary WILSON (Chairman, NI Verifications Sub-Committee)
 Captain John LLOYD (CEO)
UK Chamber of ShippingCommodore Bob SANGUINETTI RN (CEO)
Merchant Navy Training BoardMrs Kathryn NEILSON (Director)
 Mrs Donna STEVENS
Royal Navy/Royal Fleet Auxiliary Commodore Duncan LAMB RFA
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & TechnologyMr Tom FANTHORPE (Business Development Liaison and Assurance)
In Attendance (Officials) 
Secretary/RegistrarLieutenant (SCC) Scott HANLON RNR
Legal AdviserMr Keith LAWREY
Legal AdviserMr Hew DUNDAS
Consulting Organisations
(advisers at Chairman’s behest)
Master Captain Derek CHADBURN
Senior WardenCommander Les CHAPMAN RN (as above)
WardenCaptain Robin BATT
LiverymenCaptain Michael ROBARTS
Trinity HouseCaptain Ian MCNAUGHT (Deputy Master)

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