Music website of Christopher Tinker

Christopher Tinker is a professional Classical musician, organist and conductor. However, his career has been diverse. This page relates to his CCF activities.

He joined the Combined Cadet Force as a Sub Lieutenant in the Royal Navy CCF in 1976, attending training at Dartmouth Royal Naval College. He became an RYA sailing instructor during the 1980s, and furthered this when he undertook and passed the Senior Instructor in 1993. He was responsible for the CCF Scottish Sailing courses run each summer from Port Edgar on the river Forth for many years.
At the rank of Commander (CCF) RNR he was the Commanding Officer of the CCF Contingent at Sedbergh School (1994-1996), during which time the cadets won the Ashburton Trophy under the expert guidance of Warrant Officer John Jones, his staff instructor at Sedbergh. He moved on to become Commanding Officer at Whitgift School (1997-2002), ably assisted in this role by Captain Tony Reddy; Whitgift had one of the largest contingents in the country with over 300 cadets and nearly 20 officers. During his time there, a Royal Naval section was formed at Christopher's instigation under the guidance of Lt Peter Sutherland.

He has been associated with a number of ships, the earliest being HMS Lynx in which he led a party of cadets from the King's School Canterbury, attending the Queen's Jubilee Fleet Review in 1977 alongside HMS Sheffield, later sunk in the Falklands War. Further CCF ties have included HMS Hermione and HMS Cumberland, in which ships he has introduced cadets to thousands of miles of sea voyage, including sailings to and from Gibraltar, the Scilly Isles, and much of the coastline of the south of England and the western isles of Scotland. He was, during his varied CCF career, awarded the CCF Medal and Bar, and the Queens Jubilee Medal (2002).