Cruise Ship Speakers

Criminology & Law Enforcement
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Trevor Bowles
Criminologist
Homicide Investigation, Retired Detective Chief Inspector
Coming from: Brighton,  East Sussex  UK
Trevor is a retired Detective Chief Inspector with Sussex Police. For five years of his thirty years police service, he was a Senior Investigating Officer, leading over thirty homicide, kidnap and stranger rape investigations. He is passionate about his work, having worked with some incredibly brave witnesses, many inspiring victims and the very best detectives. Trevor has a number of factual and fascinating stories to tell.

David Bright MBE
Crime Investigations Specialist
Coming from: Westcliff-on-Sea,  Essex  UK
David Bright served for 33 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days as a Police Officer. As a career detective he served in every rank within the Criminal Investigation Department. With 33 Commendations, all awarded for crime investigations, 3 awards for Gallantry, a Good Conduct Medal and an MBE, David is the most commended officer in the history of Essex Police. His opinion is also frequently sought by the media on high profile investigations or unusual crimes. David is in strong demand on the speakers’ circuit with his gripping series of crime lectures.

Prof. Graham Buchanan
Policing Specialist & Criminologist
BSc (Hons), NdipM, PGCE, CMgr FCMI, MIoD, MIfL
Coming from: Horley,  Surrey  UK
Professor Buchanan is a writer, lecturer and advisor specialising in all aspects of leadership and change. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan Faculty of Business and Law. He spent 30 years as a police officer before retiring in 2005 in the rank of Chief Inspector. He still lectures in criminal law at various colleges in the South East of England. As a cruise ship enrichment lecturer, Graham talks on policing and an insight into some notorious criminal cases.

Barry Cave
Criminology
Coming from: Liverpool,  Merseyside  UK
Barry started his working life in the theatre at the age of 13 sweeping the stage and progressed through an apprenticeship to become a Stage Manager. He worked with many of the household names but due to the decline in Theatre audiences he decided on a change of career and joined the Police. He has served in Sussex, London, Northern Ireland and Liverpool before retiring in 1990. He has cruised extensively and his talks cover his experience in the police force and some high profile crime scenes.

Simon and Jenny Cooper
Murder & Mystery in History
Murder, Mystery & Suspense playlets
Coming from: St. Neots,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Simon's company "Mystery in History" specialises in writing and producing customised 'Murder Mystery' packages set in interesting locations. They write murder mystery ploys based around the ship and the particular cruise. In their initial presentation the characters are introduced and the murder is committed; during subsequent sessions guests are then invited to solve the case by witnessing a series of scenes acted out between the 'suspects', and by solving a series of cryptic puzzles.

Simon Cousins
Crime Prevention & Royalty Protection
MVO, BA, Dip Crim
Coming from: Bookham,  Surrey  UK
Simon is a retired Detective Superintendent who served for 30 years with the Metropolitan Police in London. This was followed by a further 10 years with the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Simon was then selected for transfer to the Royalty Protection Department and for the next 15 years served as a protection officer with members of the Royal Family, in particular with Prince William, The Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret. He travelled to over 30 countries and has a wealth of experiences to recount. More recently Simon has been involved with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Alan Cutler
Victorian Murder Trial Entertainer
Coming from: Coventry,  West Midlands  UK
‘JUDGE, JURY, JUDGEMENT …….. JUSTICE?’
Involvement is the key to audience appreciation – and everyone loves a meaty murder mystery! Hence, Alan Cutler, writer, trainer and professional speaker, has designed a series of presentations in which he plays the part of the judge and prosecution and defence counsels in a real-life Victorian murder trial, and where the cruise passengers are the jury – deciding the fate of the accused. Did their verdict accord with the jury of 100 years ago, or did they send an innocent person to the gallows? Was justice served?

Jeremy Dein QC
Criminal Barrister, Queen's Counsel
Coming from: London,  NW11 6BJ  UK
Since 1983, Jeremy Dein QC has been defending in the UK Criminal Courts. He has appeared in every type of criminal case imaginable, having regularly appeared in high profile cases and countless murder trials. Jeremy has represented accused from all walks of life, and from every corner of the world. He sits as a judge at the Old Bailey. In 2018 he starred in BBC1’s highly acclaimed 10 part, death penalty documentary series “Murder, mystery and my family”. He regularly features on national radio and lectures and speaks worldwide on fair trial, human rights and criminal justice.

Simon Dinsdale
Police & Crimie
Former Detective Superintendent
Coming from: Basildon,  Essex  UK
Simon served for 30 years with Essex Police where he worked in a wide variety of policing roles and achieved senior rank. All of his service was spent on the front line of policing as a detective solving local crime issues. For the last five years of his service he was a senior investigating officer and led more than 50 major investigations including 30 murder enquiries. Since retiring, Simon now concentrates on writing, broadcasting and speaking about his experiences on cruise ships and to other audiences.

Tristram Elmhirst
Forensics & Crime Scene Investigations
B.Sc., M.Phil., MBA, FCSFS.
Coming from: Worcester,  Worcestershire  UK
Tristram has worked in forensic investigations for more than 30 years with 19 years as the Director of Forensic Services for West Mercia Police. He brings an ‘hands-on’ real experience approach to his lectures. His light-hearted talks explain, in very simple terms, different forensic evidence types and then gives a case study (usually murders which he has dealt with) where the forensic evidence has been pivotal in their prosecution. Tristram was elected as a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences in recognition of his national contribution to Forensics.

Bob Ferris
Police & Criminology
Metropolitan Police 1968 - 1998
Coming from: Banstead,  Surrey  UK
Bob was born in Minehead, Somerset, in 1949. At the age of 17 he left home to join the Metropolitan Police Cadets, joining as a Constable in 1968. He served as a uniformed officer throughout his service, retiring in 1998 as an Inspector, and then worked as a Judge’s Clerk in the Court for 6 years. Since retirement he has written 5 books. He talks about his experiences in the police force and the legal system.

Tony Gledhill GC
Crime, Victoria & George Cross Heroes
Panama Canal History
Coming from: West Chiltington,  West Sussex  UK
Tony was born on the outskirts of Southampton and at an early age he decided on a career in the Police service. There followed a distinguished career in the Police, during which time he was involved in a number of major murder and other more controversial cases. In 1967, following a violent brush with a car full of East End gunmen, Tony was awarded the George Cross. Tony's memoirs, entitled 'A Gun at My Head' were published in 2006 and provide material for his series of talks.

Ian Gunn
Prisons, Crime & Criminal History
Former Prison Governor
Coming from: Dunblane,  Scotland  UK
Ian has had two significant careers in his working lifetime; firstly in banking with TSB in both England and Scotland. He finished his career as a Senior Branch Manager in charge of 10 branches in Glasgow. In 1994 Ian joined the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) as a middle manager and ended up as a Governor for over 12 years in prisons holding sex offenders, life sentence and long-term prisoners and, at Cornton Vale, women only. Ian has some fascinating and thought-provoking stories about life behind bars and the role of prisons in society.

Keith Hadley
Forensic Science
MSc
Coming from: Halesowen,  West Midlands  UK
Keith Hadley has worked in forensic science for over 50 years. Practising for over 30 years with the Forensic Science Service (FSS) – attending scenes of incidents, carrying out laboratory examinations and presenting evidence in courts of law and at coroners’ enquiries. Keith talks about a wide range of forensic issues in a light hearted and interesting manner.

Simon Hall
Crime Writing & Creative Writing
Teacher of Creative Writing
Coming from: Exeter,  Cornwall  UK
Simon Hall reports on real life crimes whilst creating imaginary ones of his own. His day job is as a BBC TV and radio Home Affairs and Crime Correspondent, but he’s also an author of detective fiction. Alongside his novels, Simon is a tutor in creative writing, teaching at popular writers’ schools in Britain and overseas. Simon has also become sought after as a speaker, appearing at a variety of prestigious literary festivals. His talks combine an insight into his writing work, along with some extraordinary anecdotes from the life of a television reporter.

Graham Hoyle
Murder Mystery Events Organiser
Coming from: Ringwood,  Hampshire  UK
After retiring from a long career in the police force, Graham wanted to start a new career that was both entertaining and enjoyable, so “Catch the Killer” was born. Graham has written over eighteen original story lines that can be adapted to specific ships, cruise companies, captains or even specific passengers. The event is interactive, engaging and a lot of fun for the passengers who will find that working in small teams helps their thinking and leads to creating new friendships and contacts on board the ship.

John Hussey
Scandinavian History, Genealogy, Criminology
B.Sc (Hons)
Coming from: Southport,  Merseyside  UK
A former Detective with Liverpool Police and the Regional Crime Squad, John Hussey is now retired. After leaving the police, John obtained a degree in Psychology and qualified as a teacher, working as a Lecturer in IT for 10 years before ending his career as a Fraud Specialist in the National Health Service. He now spends his time researching topics covered in his talks, as well as preparing new ones. John has an easy-going, light-hearted and informative style of speaking which has been well received by audiences.

Colin Johnson
Forensic Pyschology, Criminology & Law Enforcement
Coming from: Mattingley,  Hampshire  UK
Colin is an internationally accredited and operational Geographic Profiler and was the first ever Fellow of his discipline across Europe. He holds a master's degree in psychology. A police officer for 30 years, principally as a detective, he specialised in investigating major crime, including murder, stranger rape and abduction. He became one of the first officers selected to the National Crime Faculty. Colin has worked operationally and lectured across several continents, including in Australia, Dubai, France and the U.S.

Herbert Kerrigan QC
Criminology & Law
Queen's Counsel; Barrister, Middle Temple
Coming from: Dalkeith,  Midlothian  UK
Professor Herbert Kerrigan is a leading Queens Counsel in Scotland who also practices at the English Bar in the Chambers of the Lord Carlile, QC. He has taught at the University of Edinburgh where he was lecturer in criminal law and criminology. Herbert holds degrees in Arts Law and Divinity and is also qualified in the Church of Scotland where he has been Convener of Military Chaplains.

Gary Koverman
Forensic Science
Coming from: Las Cruces,  New Mexico  USA
Gary Koverman is a forensic scientist and has worked for over 30 years in forensic laboratories in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico. He has examined many world class crimes and is still working in his own private business in New Mexico. His expertise in a wide variety of forensic fields gives depth and understanding to many forms of physical evidence. Gary has lectured various law enforcement police agencies in the area of forensic science and has taught at universities in Ohio, Colorado, and New Mexico. He is also a great student of history and enjoys seeking out relevant historical events with a fresh forensic perspective for his talks.

Peter J Lawson
Criminal Lawyer
Notary Public
Coming from: Little Poulton,  Lancashire  UK
Peter has practised as a Notary Public for over 40 years and combined that with a career as a Criminal Lawyer until his recent retirement. He has defended many murderers and rapists but never prosecuted anyone. He now writes on various legal topics including the History of Notaries. He has travelled extensively for the Notaries as their Worldwide Ambassador. Peter talks about some notable legal cases, Wills and some famous Court judgements..

Trevor Marriott
Police & Criminology
Retired British Police Murder Squad Detective-Author
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Trevor Marriott is a highly acclaimed British Police Detective, now retired, who worked on many famous murder investigations. Since 2002 he has been conducting a cold case re investigation into the Whitechapel Murders of 1888 which were attributed to Jack the Ripper. The results of this have now dispelled many of the previously accepted facts surrounding this mystery and have eliminated many of the previously named prime suspects. He has also spent much time investigating many of the myths and mysteries of our seas and skies which have continued to intrigue and fascinate people world wide.

Robert Milne
Forensic Science & Celebrated Historical Cases
Former Scotland Yard Forensics Expert
Coming from: Rayleigh,  Essex  UK
Robert Milne is a Forensic Expert with over 40 years’ experience at Scotland Yard in the roles of Fingerprint Expert, Crime Scene Examiner (CSI), Crime Scene Coordinator (serious crime), Forensic Intelligence Manager (Head of Forensic Intelligence MIB). Currently he lectures on forensic science and works in Fire Investigation, dealing with Crown Court case reviews, cold case reviews, insurance casework and litigation casework. Since 2012, he has been an enrichment lecturer, presenting on the topics of forensic science and historical celebrated cases. He has a friendly style as a presenter and likes to build a rapport with audiences.

David Ottley
Destinations and Enrichment
Coming from: Somersham,  Cambridgeshire  UK
David is a retired police officer who served in both the Metropolitan Police and with Cambridgeshire Constabulary. During his C.I.D service he served on the Regional Crime Squad, Robbery Squad and the Major Incident Pool in central London. In 1990 he transferred to Cambridgeshire and when John Major became Prime Minister David was employed on his personal protection team. After retiring from the service he studied Global Warming and Ecosystems with Reading University and then Oceanography and Marine Archaeology at Southampton University. David is both a destination speaker and enrichment speaker presenting a series of talks on his life in the police and oceanography.

Rod Repton
Criminology, Forensics, History & Folklore
B.A(Hons) Former Detective Chief Inspector, Scotland Yard
Coming from: Milford,  Derbyshire  UK
Rod retired from the police service in August 1999 having served 34 years in the Derbyshire Police Force. During the period of service he specialised in Criminal Investigation in C.I.D, Drugs Squad and Special Branch. He progressed through the ranks to Detective Chief Inspector. In 1999 he set up his own Private Investigations Company which has a sister company in New York. Born out of his experience comes a unique view on life. In his talks he’s never short of an anecdote or humorous tale on his experiences in both the public and private sector.

William Rickett
Forensics, Famous Trials, WWII and Destinations
Coming from: Wooster,  Wayne County, Ohio  USA
Bill Rickett is a retired judge, former law professor and criminal trial attorney. Forensic evidence was always an important component of his practice, teaching and judicial duties. Hundreds of his former students practice throughout the country as prosecutors and defense attrorneys. Rickett earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor cum laude from The University of Akron. He retired from the bench in 2012. That same year, he was appointed to but declined a seat on the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.

Diane Simpson
Personality & Behaviour
Coming from: Wymondham,  Norfolk  UK
Personality Profiler and authoress, Diane, has written three books and many articles, worked on high profile investigations and appeared on more than 200 television and radio programmes. Diane has an interesting and diverse background. Mensa member, member of the Psychology Special Interest Group of British Mensa Ltd, university lecturer, Founder member of the British Institute of Graphologists and has belonged to ‘Friends of Broadmoor’ for more than 15 years. A humorous and highly experienced speaker, she is pleased to offer a range of talks relating to personality and behaviour.

Mike Southwell
Criminology
Retired CID, Chief Superintendant
Coming from: Eastleigh,  Hants  UK
Retired Chief Superintendent Mike Southwell has been a career Detective with the Hampshire Constabulary for over 30 years. He served in every rank of CID from Detective Constable to Detective Superintendent, before attaining the position of Head of Professional Standards. During his career, he served as Head of Ports Special Branch, Head of Anti Terrorism, reverting back to CID in each rank. Mike is now regularly talks on cruises about crime and police matters.

Dr Christopher Whelan
The European Union
LL.B, Ph.D, FRSA
Coming from: Woodstock,  Oxfordshire  UK
Dr Christopher Whelan is Associate Director of International Law Programmes at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law (since 2005, Spring Semester) in Virginia, USA. He is also a practising barrister, specialising in Employment Law, at 3PB in the Temple. His current research interests are in the fields of Lawyers’ Ethics and European Union Law, but he has over 70 publications on a wide variety of topics in international and comparative law. Dr Whelan is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jim Williams
Historian & Author
Frauds and Charlatans
Coming from: Stockport,    UK
Jim comes to lecturing with a background as a formerly practising barrister, a lawyer in the international construction industry and an internationally published author of eleven novels and two non-fiction works. One of the novels, The Hitler Diaries, caused a sensation when it was published nine months before the famous forgery scandal. Jim talks about his specialist knowledge of the history and practices of charlatans: the frauds and colourful characters who manage to persuade other people to believe in the most improbable things.

Simon Williams
Speaker, Trainer & Illusionist
Police Officer Trainer
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Simon retired from the Police in 2009 after 30 years’ experience most of which was in frontline uniform duties. He has been involved in several Murder Incident Rooms, and engaged in Restorative Justice. He has also been a Police Trainer teaching new recruits criminal law, Police powers and procedures and how to interview witnesses and suspects. Simon is a member of The Magic Circle and his talks reflect his Police experience and an interest in magic. Simon cleverly combines these interests in a series of engaging and interactive talks.