The Venerable Martin Poll QHCBA (Hons) CTh RN
Having joined the Royal Navy in 1990, Martin has served in a number of sea-going and shore-side appointments, including HMS RALEIGH and the Commando Helicopter Force, serving operationally with them during the civil war that developed after the break up of the former Yugoslavia.
He has served at the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth, (94-97) and after the Initial Staff Course he served in HMS INVINCIBLE, seeing active service in the Gulf during the no-fly operations over Iraq, and in operations off the coast of the former Yugoslavia.
He subsequently served in HM Naval Base Clyde, and in RNAS YEOVILTON, there having particular responsibility for the Fleet Air Arm Memorial Church (St Bartholomew’s Yeovilton).
Two staff appointments followed; Staff Chaplain to the Chaplain of the Fleet, and then Staff Chaplain (Operations), with responsibility to CINCFLEET for deploying chaplains (Including RM).
In 2007 he became chaplain to HMS ILLUSTRIOUS, and was delighted and relieved to be returning to sea again. Later that year Martin was part of Exercise Long Look, the exchange programme with the Royal Australian Navy, as a member of staff at the Tri-Service Defence Academy, Canberra.
After Australia Martin was appointed to HM Naval Base Portsmouth as Chaplaincy Team Leader, and with responsibility for the Historic Dockyard Church of St Ann.
Martin has been a member of the Admiralty Interview Board for prospective chaplains, and was appointed in January 09 to be an assessor for those seeking ordination within the Church of England. This is a role he performs on behalf of the Church of England at large.
On 1st November 2010 he took up the role of Principal Anglican Chaplain and Archdeacon for the Royal Navy, having also been appointed an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen.
In October 2012 Martin retired early from The Royal Navy having been appointed by her Majesty the Queen to a canonry at St George’s Chapel Windsor Castle. This carries with it responsibility for Her Majesty’s private Chapel of All Saints in Windsor Great Park. He is a Governor of St George’s School Windsor and The Royal School, Windsor Great Park.
Martin was educated in Enfield, Middlesex, prior to reading English and Theology at the University of Kent at Canterbury (Christ Church College). After training for the Priesthood at Oxford (Ripon College Cuddesdon), he served his title at John Keble Church, Mill Hill.