Mike Goldthorpe was born in Yorkshire and educated at Mexborough Grammar School leaving in 1977. To avoid employment with the National Coal Board and a life underground he joined the Royal Navy in 1978 as a Writer and spent the next 14 years serving both at sea, in HM Ships ACHILLES and SHERATON and ashore, in the JHQ at Northwood, RAF Wyton with the EW Operational Support Unit, 845 Naval Air Squadron and the British Embassy in Muscat.

Following promotion to Sub Lieutenant in 1992 he served as Staff Officer (Personnel) to the Captain HMS DAEDALUS before moving on to be Supply Officer Cash in HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, the Secretary to Captain F6 in HMS MONTROSE, prior to Supply Charge in HMS ARGYLL, where he was closely involved in planning for, and operations in Sierra Leone. Moving ashore again in 2001 he worked initially with the Director Reserve Forces and Cadets before becoming the Commodore’s Secretary at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Following a very enjoyable two year appointment he moved back to the Ministry of Defence in London, this time as a Staff Officer in the Pay Policy area. Selection for promotion to Commander in 2004 was followed by an appointment as an Assistant Director in the Service Personnel Policy Directorate (MOD) where he was responsible for coordinating evidence for the Armed Forces Pay Review Body. His final appointment was as the Assistant Chief of Staff (Support) in the British Forces Gibraltar HQ where he was responsible for a Tri-Service team of military personnel and 250 UK and Gibraltarian civilians. On leaving the Royal Navy in late 2010 he accompanied his wife Sally on a 2 year posting to Geneva. During this time he was employed by The International AIDS Society and the English Speaking Cancer Association in HR, Finance and Fund raising roles. Mike and his wife have recently returned to UK and have made home in the historic city of St Albans. Mike has avoided all contact sports but enjoys Skiing, Golf and Diving. .

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Born and educated in east London, Simon joined the Royal Navy from school in early 1977 in the senior service’s oldest branch as an Assistant Writer.  He left over 30 year later as a Warrant Officer having disappointingly only recently received the news that he was now a member of the newly formed Logistics (Personnel) cadre a move sensibly rescinded in 2010.  Nevertheless he largely enjoyed a fulfilling career including sea-time in a range of ships from Frigates to Aircraft Carriers.  This included service during the conflicts in the Middle East and the Balkans but also travel to diverse and far-flung spots around the globe.   He also worked in a wide variety of posts ashore including in the Ministry of Defence and Commander-in-Chief Fleet.  Simon and his wife Elaine experienced life abroad in two overseas spells; in Barbados – with the Defence Adviser - and Belgium in a NATO appointment.  His final 3 years in the Andrew were spent as Support Officer to the Chief of Defence Staff during what he hopes were the height of the Iraqi and Afghanistan campaigns.  The experience proved both satisfying and illuminating.

Now employed as Membership Manager with the Association of Royal Navy Officers (ARNO) Simon is fully engaged in furthering the traditions and benefits of an Association formed in 1925. With a thriving world-wide membership of well over 6,000, the Association is the principal organisation that unites the officer corps of the Naval Service, both serving and retired.  Readers of this piece who have not already done so are actively encouraged to join us – a visit to the Membership/Join Now area of this website or a personal e-mail will set the ball rolling

Simon has returned to the much-changed city of his childhood and lives in the regenerated Highbury Stadium with his wife Elaine.  When not utilising every opportunity to make flagrant sales pitches about the joys of ARNO membership, he enjoys the diversity of life on offer in the capital in particular its history, music and sport.

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Born and educated in the heart of Suffolk. Steven began his career in the retail management sector spanning 10 years with various companies such as COOP, Sainsbury's and finally Marks and Spencer.  Looking for a fresh challenge in 2009 he undertook an Honours Degree in Primary Education, BEd (HONS), at Hertfordshire University and has spent the last three years teaching.


Away from work Steven joined his local Sea Cadet unit in 2007 to help out as an instructor, having been a cadet in his youth and thoroughly enjoyed every opportunity presented.  In 2012 Steven became the Commanding Officer of Training Ship St Albans. Steven has recently taken on the role of District Training Officer, for Suffolk and Norfolk District covering 8 units, holding the rank of Sub Lieutenant (SCC) RNR. Steven and his team strive to deliver the Sea Cadet aim, which is; to give young people the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure, fun, ethos utilising the traditions of the Royal Navy.


Steven has a good knowledge of IT systems and has used them for many years within previous careers, from database management, stock control to creating interactive educational tools. He has been the driving force in setting up and maintaining social media sites for the Sea Cadets, which has opened new doors of communication and recruitment.

Now working for ARNO Steven is looking forward to interacting with the members not only on a day to day basis but through the development of ARNO social media.


Steven and his wife Ilse, who works in their local school delivering support to children and staff, have returned to Suffolk to live in the rolling country side with their two cats.


Steven has a keen interest in History and attending the theatre. He has a passion for all types of boating from kayaking, powerboating and sailing. However, only enjoys it when he does not get wet.


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