Due to COVID sickness within our teams we are sometimes required to close our attractions and sites at short notice.

Whilst all efforts will be made to avoid closures and to contact ticket holders ahead of visits we do ask you to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for details of closures.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Pre-booking is advised, and visitors must wear masks for their safety and the safety of others, unless exempt. Find The Latest COVID-19 Updates Here.



Contact the Team



Contact the team


The Fundraising and Strategic Engagement & Partnerships team primarily work on the funding of the museum’s major projects whether those be capital, conservation, or acquisition. Examples from the last eighteen months include, the Royal Marines Commando Experience Museum, LCT 7074 and the Armada Maps.

This focus means the team works closely with Captain John Rees, Chief of Staff to make sure we drive forward NMRN’s strategic development projects. Most recently, John was the Senior Responsible Officer for HMS Caroline, the restoration of LCT 7074 and is currently performing that role for our NMRN Hartlepool project in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council.

In addition to our longer-term funding priorities, the team also work to find sponsors for our temporary exhibitions and major public programming strands. Our work spans all the key fundraising disciplines, and we have specialists that work in each area – although as a small team we do cover each other’s area when the need arises. You can find out a bit more about us and how to get in touch below.


Team Members

Helen McKenna-Aspell, Director of Fundraising and Senior Responsible Officer for the Royal Marines Commando Experience Museum

Helen joined the museum in January 2020 having previously worked in the charity and university sector. Helen has also worked at the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the National Union of Students. Her background encompasses marketing and income generation.

Twitter @HelenAspell



Emma Collins, Corporate Fundraising & New Business Lead

Emma is our Corporate Fundraising and New Business Lead. Emma joined the National Museum of the Royal Navy in July 2021 with 16 years of professional fundraising experience, having worked for a variety of charities across the sector, including RNLI and Macmillan Cancer Support. New business has always been a passion of Emma’s and she will be focussing her time on building new partnerships for the museum from a wide range of companies, from the defence sector to the shipping industries. In her spare time Emma enjoys nothing more than to travel and can’t wait until she can explore somewhere new.

If you’re interested in forming a corporate partnership with the National Museum of the Royal Navy, please don’t hesitate to contact Emma who will be happy to talk you through your partnership options.



Jo Cole, Strategic Engagement & Partnerships Lead LinkedIn

Jo Cole joined NMRN in April 2021 to develop strategic engagements and partnerships that help to achieve our vision of being the most inspiring naval museum in the world. She works with other museums, not-for-profit organisations, local authorities, government departments and other non-commercial groups to create mutually beneficial relationships and projects.

Jo has a background in finance, project and contract management, partnership engagement and charity fundraising. Jo started her career as a finance graduate for VT Group based in VT Shipbuilding in the dockyard. Whilst training for her ACCA qualification Jo moved from finance into environmental management specialising in carbon accounting. Jo then joined Portsmouth City Council and ran their Carbon Management Programme for eight years, including work on the energy strategy in preparation for the arrival of the aircraft carriers and working with organisations across the city on a Low Carbon Vision for 2050. Jo has a passion for collaborative innovative working, seeing what can be achieved when organisations work together.


Stephen Roberts-Pratt, Donor & Member Engagement Fundraiser LinkedIn


General Enquiries Team email: fundraising@nmrn.org.uk

Membership Enquiries

Email: membership.secretary@nmrn.org.uk

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