Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock

Second Sea Lord of the Naval Staff (Personnel) and The Naval Secretary at Royal Navy


Jonathan Woodcock joined BRNC Dartmouth in 1980 before reading his Engineering Degree at RNEC Manadon, graduating with an honours degree in 1984.

His first appointment was as Deputy Marine Engineer Officer (DMEO) of HMS EXETER followed by an appointment to HMS SULTAN. He then returned to sea as the Electrical Officer in HMY BRITANNIA.

Promoted Lieutenant Commander in 1991, he was appointed to a NATO exchange position in Victoria, Canadian operating in the Pacific before being dragged home to be MEO of HMS YORK.

Following promotion to Commander in 1999, he undertook roles within: Warship Support Agency; HMS ARK ROYAL, where he was Staff Marine Engineer to the Amphibious Task Group; and Capability Manager (Precision Attack) in the MOD.

On promotion to Captain in 2005, he was appointed to Command the Royal Naval School of Marine Engineering at HMS SULTAN where his team implemented training changes and set up a significant “modernisation of learning” programme. In recognition of this work he was honoured with the OBE. In 2008, he took command of HMS RALEIGH where he served for 2 amazing years.

Promoted to Commodore in 2010 he was appointed Head of Pay and Manning in the Ministry of Defence. This appointment coincided with the SDSR and implementation of the reductions in size of the Armed Forces. In 2012 he was appointed as Director Naval Personnel before promotion to Rear Admiral and appointed Naval Secretary and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel). He is a Trustee of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust and President of the Royal Navy Winter Sports Association and the Royal Navy Netball Association.

Jonathan Woodcock is married to Joanna and they have 2 children. They enjoy all country activities, keep bees and most importantly as a family, love skiing.

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