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

Role/Organisation Name
Chairman  Commodore Duncan LAMB CMMar RFA
Deputy Chairman Captain Peter MCARTHUR CMMar
HCMM Court Assistants (3) Commander Les CHAPMAN CMMar RN (Chairman, Review by RA Sub-Committee)
  Captain Richard BARNES CMMar

Captain Susie THOMSON CMMar

Stakeholder Organisations

Nautical Institute Captain Gary WILSON (Chairman, NI Verifications Sub-Committee)
  Captain John LLOYD CMMar (CEO)
UK Chamber of Shipping Commodore Bob SANGUINETTI RN (CEO)
Merchant Navy Training Board Mrs Kathryn NEILSON (Director)
  Mrs Donna STEVENS
Royal Navy/Royal Fleet Auxiliary Vacant
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology Mr Tom FANTHORPE (Business Development Liaison and Assurance)


In Attendance (Officials)

Secretary Scott HANLON Esq.
Administrator  Mr Kyle JAMES
Legal Adviser Mr Keith LAWREY

Legal Adviser

Consulting Organisations
(advisers at Chairman’s behest)
Master Commander Les CHAPMAN CMMar RN (as above)
Senior Warden Captain Robin BATT
Liverymen Captain Michael ROBARTS
Trinity House Captain Ian MCNAUGHT (Deputy Master)