Our vision is for all Royal Navy and Royal Marines Families to:
be able to have their views heard by those in positions of power;
feel valued and be treated with fairness and respect;
and thrive in their communities of choice

Helping Families

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the help, support or advice you need. That’s why we’re here.

Our website has the answers to questions we’re often asked.

But if you need something else, our friendly team is ready to help, or to introduce you to someone else who can.

We’re a totally confidential service, we understand the challenges of Navy life but aren’t a formal part of the Naval Service.

Whether you need help with schools, where you live or work, your finances, your future, a posting overseas, relationships or your health, our concern is always for you, our Naval Service family.

What we do

We Listen

Every day we work with and support serving sailors, marines and their families. As a result, we genuinely understand the unique demands and challenges of Naval Service life.

By hearing about the issues you face we can learn from them. By asking questions personally and through surveys, we can evidence them.

We then take these lessons and work to make important changes to benefit you, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines families of today and those of tomorrow.

Your experiences can help others – we want you to have your say.

Drive Change

Our Federation is a charity, totally confidential and independent of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

We listen to and learn from our Royal Navy and Royal Marines families. Then take that information to work as a force for change.

With access to policymakers at the highest levels – Government, politicians, the chain of command and a host of other organisations, we work as a partnership to deliver change.

How we can help

1. Find information

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2. Have your say

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3. Ask us a question

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Meet our team

Find out more about our friendly team members from the list below.

* Please note, make initial contact through our central enquiry desk here. *


Cinmi Walker

Marketing and Communications Manager

Helen Fish

Senior Family Advocate

Jennie Laidler

Families Advocate

Jenny Ward

Health & Wellbeing and Covenant Policy Adviser

Mike Gray

Editor of Homeport

Natalie Carmon

Families Advocate

Nicola Thompson

Director of Operations

Pete Hawley

Families Engagement Officer (South West England) and OISC Level 1 Immigration Advisor

Rania Small

Marketing and Digital Manager

Rebecca Lovell

Education and Childcare Policy Adviser

Sarah Clewes

Interim CEO

Sian Timms

Families Engagement Officer (South West)

Vicky Brindley

Devolved Policy Manager

Board of Trustees


Bryony Johnson


David Evans

Deputy Chair of Trustees

Jaci Curtis - Donnelly


Professor Jan Walker OBE


Michelle Mortlock


Paul Quinn OBE

Chair of Trustees

Lt Steve Cass RN



The Naval Families Federation was set up at the request of the Government in order to allow the families of the Naval Service to have their voices heard.


We are a registered charity in England and Wales (1177107), funded through a grant-in-aid, which allows us to operate independently of the Government and the Chain of Command.

Families waiting for loved ones to come home.

How can we help?

We are here to help. Feel free to contact us with any issues or questions.

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