We, the two co-founders of the RNIOA, worked together at HMS Sultan in the 1980s and have remained in contact ever since. On learning about the demise of the Instructor Officer Specialisation we decided to create this website, which now has a core group of former Schoolies supporting its production and expansion.

John Nixon
John Nixon - Co-founder and Editor. After he left the Navy in 1992 as a Lieutenant, John gained a PhD in economics and then worked as a Research Fellow in Health Economics and lecturer at the University of York (Research Publications). He now writes and publishes books, carries out community work and takes the lead role in obtaining and editing material for the website.
Mike Rose
Michael Rose - Co-founder and Web Designer. After leaving the service in 1997 as a Lieutenant Commander, he worked in various software and insurance companies as a database administrator in London, California, and then Brazil. He now works as an English teacher and web designer in Brazil (see his page). Michael takes the lead role in web design for the website.

More details of our careers are available on the "Service Stories" page.


Since going live in July 2017 we continue to improve the accuracy and volume of the website's content. This has been assisted by generous copyright transfer of a sample of service stories from 'Not Just Chalk and Talk: Stories of Schoolies in the Royal Navy,' (2013) by Captain Dick Abram RN and Captain Patrick Binks RN, and the website Naval Education History, produced by Commander Keith Hart RN.

Mike Channon
Mike Channon OBE - Senior Associate Editor. After a distinguished 29 year career, Mike left the Navy in the rank of Commander at the end of 1996, but continued working in education and training management as a NATO civilian at SACLANT HQ in Norfolk, Virginia. His extensive knowledge of the IO Specialisation means that he is able to provide invaluable advice and input to all RNIOA editing and writing projects.
Tony Mann
Tony Mann - Honorary Chaplain. Tony left the Navy in 1982 as a Lieutenant Commander. He graduated in Religious Education from St. John's College, Nottingham, and discovered his new mission within the priesthood. He supports the RNIOA by being available to all former Schoolies and writing a message for the RNIOA Christmas e-cards.

More details of their careers are available on the "Service Stories" page.