Navy Board

The Navy Board is the body responsible for running the Royal Navy.

Members are responsible for assisting the First Sea Lord in discharging his responsibilities as Head of Service and RN Top Level Budget Holder. Principal among these is to ensure that the Navy is fit to fight and can deliver the military capability required to defend the UK and its interests. 

The Navy Board meets monthly, or more often as required, and comprises the following members:

First Sea Lord & Chief of Naval Staff: Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC DL

The First Sea Lord is the professional head of the Royal Navy and is responsible for developing and generating a balanced and integrated RN capability, and for maintaining the fighting effectiveness, efficiency and morale of the Service.

Fleet Commander: Vice Admiral Sir Philip Jones KCB

The Fleet Commander is responsible the provision of ships, submarines and maritime aircraft required to support mandated maritime operations.

Second Sea Lord: Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE

The Second Sea Lord is responsible for the delivery of the Naval Service’s current and future personnel, equipment and infrastructure.

Chief of Fleet Support & Chief of Material (Fleet): Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE

Chief of Fleet Support is the Chief of Materiel (Fleet) within DE&S and is responsible for the delivery of the maritime equipment programme and the availability of ships and submarines. He is the Board lead on support to all maritime platforms, including naval aircraft and the defence supply chain.

Commander NATO Maritime Command: Vice Admiral Clive Johnston CB CBE

The role of Commander NATO maritime Command is act as a military Non-Executive Director, and to provide a NATO perspective to the Board’s deliberations.

Controller of the Navy (ACNS Capability): Rear Admiral James Morse

The Controller of the Navy is responsible to the Board for Royal Naval procurement and safety issues.

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy): Rear Admiral Nick Hine

The Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Policy) acts as the First Sea Lord's Chief Executive, working to identify and drive the Board’s strategic objectives.  

Commandant General Royal Marines & Commander UK Amphibious Forces: Major General Martin Smith MBE

The Commandant General Royal Marines provides the First Sea Lord with advice on Royal Marines and amphibious landing force matters.

Finance Director (Navy): Colin Evans

The Finance Director is the First Sea Lord’s principal adviser on financial issues and is also the Civilian Workforce Adviser, leading on implementation of civilian workforce policy.

Non-Executive Director: Mary Hardy and Lord Drayson

The Non-Executive Directors provide an external challenge perspective to the Board’s business, and Mary Hardy also serves as the Chair of the RN Audit Committee.

admiral sir george zambellas kcb dsc adc dl

First Sea Lord

vice admiral sir philip jones kcb

Fleet Commander

Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock OBE

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vice admiral simon lister cb obe

Chief of Fleet Support