Paul Townsend BCAv
For the past 30 years Paul has volunteered as Commanding Officer of the City of London Sea Cadets, ensuring the continued training of around 30 cadets at any time on board London’s own battleship, HMS Belfast. He has been instrumental in developing some of the young cadets into staff, to ensure the continuity of the unit for the future. Paul also organised annual trips to the New Forest so his inner-London cadets could develop outdoor adventure training, campcraft and mapwork skills. Under his guidance the group has now grown to include over 100 cadets from across London.
Paul’s role has been to instruct cadets in seamanship, navigation, engineering on board HMS Belfast and also to other units across north London. Paul’s knowledge has not only passed on nautical skills but has inspired cadets to follow careers in the maritime sector.
Today, Paul’s unit has around 30 cadets from the age of 10 up to 18-years-old and during his career over 300 cadets have crossed HMS Belfast’s gangway. Paul has been an exemplary volunteer, bringing his skills and experience gained within the Royal Navy to the voluntary sector for the benefit of young people in the City of London.