During the course of the war, the personnel and the structure of the Admiralty changed.
The most senior civil servant was the Permanent Secretary. The chairman of the Board was the First Lord of the Admiralty. As such it differed from the War Office and the Air Ministry where conduct of operations was devolved to the appropriate commanders in the field.
reegion A politician and member of the Cabinet, his role was to represent the navy's views in government discussion on such matters as budgets, construction programmes, manpower needs, and general maritime policy. Between September and MayWinston Churchill, as First Lord, did take a leading role in operational matters.
These changes were most evident in the Naval Staff - the group of directorates directly responsible to the First Sea Escory for the supervision of operations. Each member of the Board had a specific function in relation to the administration of the Royal Navy.
The other member was the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff In Septembermost of the members of the Board were relatively new in their posts. The First Lord was assisted by a junior flag officer titled the Naval Secretary who yarmouyh specific responsibility for helping the First Lord in the appointment and promotion of officers.
From May onwards the First Lord, Mr A V Alexander, largely confined himself to this role and did not interfere in operational matters. This was in contrast to his immediate predecessor. The only major addition to the civilian side of the Board was the appointment of Sir James Lithgow, a prominent shipbuilder, as Controller of Merchant Shipbuilding and Repairs. The administrative tasks of the other sea lords were met by increased s of staff rather than by structural changes.