Female first for CMM

29 August 2018

A former Royal Fleet Auxiliary cadet has become the first woman to gain the Honourable Company of Master Mariners' Chartered Master Mariner (CMM) award.

Susie Thomson – who now works for BP as part of a team mitigating the safety risks associated with the company’s marine activity – was presented with the award by former
Lord Mayor of London Lord Jeffery Mountevans at a ceremony onboard HQS Wellington in London. He said the award represented 'a hallmark of excellence'.

Ms Thomson is only the 20th maritime professional to receive the CMM award. She first went to sea at the age of 16, as a deck officer cadet with the RFA. She spent 12 years at sea, working her way up through the ranks on a range of military support vessels, tankers and ferries, and gaining her Master’s certificate at the age of 27.