Cruise Ship Speakers

Criminology & Law Enforcement
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Michael Benning
Police & Criminology
QPM - Retired Chief Superintendent
Coming from: South Woodham Ferrers,  Essex  UK
Mike retired as Divisional Commander, Southend on Sea. He has run 13 marathons and was in a police team that ran from John O’Groats to Lands End raising large funds for charity. His first book ‘Island Joggings’ was recently published. From pounding the beat to commanding Major Incidents he provides an informed insight into police investigations. His ‘fact’s stranger than fiction’ series include homicide, kidnaps, robberies and the Stansted hijackings. Mike is in constant demand on the speaker’s circuit for his captivating talks covering major crime cases & frontline policing.

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.

Ian Brown
True anecdotal British Crime
Coming from: Sevenoaks,  Kent  UK
From Beat Constable in the Lake District, to the Metropolitan Police, The Krays, The Sweeney Armed Robberies, Brinks - Mat Gold Bullion Robbery (which ended tragically with the death of a police officer at the hands of Kenneth Noye) to chasing laundered money around the world and heading a Drug Squad in the Caribbean. A 30 year journey that reads like a well written crime novel, only this one is real. Ian, a former Scotland Yard Detective will entertain and fascinate your passengers with anecdotal stories of crime and political intrigue with real insight and authority.

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.

Peter Dean
Forensic Science & Crime
Coming from: London,    UK
Dr. Peter Dean graduated Bachelor of Medicine from The London Hospital Medical College, then went on to secure his degree as Bachelor of Dental Surgery before securing a Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He is currently Her Majesty's Coroner for Essex and is the Forensic Medical Examiner for London's Metroplolitan Police. Peter is the author of innumerable professional papers on Forensic Medicine and has served in an advisory capacity for several TV programmes, including 'Silent Witness' for the BBC.

Jeremy Dein QC
VIP Solicitor
Criminal Q.C Barrister/ Part-time judge
Coming from: London,    UK
Day in, day out, since 1983, Jeremy Dein QC has been defending in the UK Criminal Courts. He has appeared in every type of Criminal case imaginable, from Shoplifting to multiple murder. Jeremy has represented accused from all walks of life, and from every corner of the world. In his talks he will lift the curtain on role “defence brief”, the stresses of being on trial, the ups and down’s of judicial life, the true value of jury’s - and what it's like to say goodbye to a lifer. 30 years of speaking for a living - a fascinating window into the mirky world of criminal justice, not to be missed!

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.

Professor Christopher Dorries
Forensic Science & Crime
Coming from: Sheffield,  South Yorkshire  UK
Professor Christopher Dorries OBE qualified as a solicitor in 1977. He has considerable experience of professional education and public speaking. He is the author of a successful textbook on aspects of law. His entertaining crime lectures offer a blend of historical fact and intrigue, with an insight into the often forgotten social conditions of ‘the good old days’ and the early development of modern forensic investigation. The material is designed to be informative and educational with a light touch that allows opportunity for respectful humour.

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.

Judith Fordham
Criminal Law and Forensic Science
BSc, LLB (Hons), completing M For Sci/PhD
Coming from: Augusta,  WA  Australia
Judith Fordham is an Australian criminal barrister, academic, author & speaker. She is a Past President of the Criminal Lawyers Association of WA, past President of Australian & NZ Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and a Member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She is also an expert in forensic science, and an internationally known jury researcher. She is an in-demand speaker with a range of fascinating, entertaining, motivational and just plain hilarious presentations and is regularly engaged as a special interest speaker on upmarket cruise lines.

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.

Terry Keefe
Sea Mysteries and Mystery Fiction
BA, MA,
Coming from: Sheffield,  South Yorkshire  UK
Professor Terry Keefe's academic career at Leicester and Lancaster universities saw him publish books and articles on French literature and philosophy. After early retirement, he expanded a long-standing interest in Mysteries and Mystery Novels. Since then he has extended his range into Sea Mysteries, with particular reference to the Titanic disaster. On many occasions, he has thoroughly enjoyed giving cruise talks on these topics - sometimes related to particular itineraries - for Voyages of Discovery, P&O, and Fred Olsen, lecturing on two Mystery Cruises.

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.

Ivan Lawrence QC
Criminal Law & Politics
Kt. Q.C. M.A (Oxon) LLD (Honoris Causa) Professor of Law
Coming from: Shepperton,  Middlesex  UK
Sir Ivan Lawrence is one of Britain’s most distinguished criminal lawyers and was a highly respected and influential Member of Parliament. He has appeared for the Defence in some of the most notorious cases. In his other life, Sir Ivan was elected to Parliament in 1974, and served as a Conservative MP under Margaret Thatcher and John Major for 23 years until 1997. Well-known as a political and legal commentator from his broadcasts, lectures and journalism, Sir Ivan helped to bring about important changes in English law. His memoir, “My Life of Crime: cases and causes” provides inspiration for some of 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..

Melissa Little
Police Forensic Art & Portraiture
B.Sc Hons. PS. FBI Diploma
Coming from: Northampton,  Northamptonshire  UK
Born in Winchester, Melissa is the daughter of portrait painter and official war artist the late William Dring RA. RWS. She trained at Winchester School of Art and at the Royal Academy Schools London, and as a Police Forensic Artist by the FBI in USA. She has been an exhibiting member of the Pastel Society UK for 35 years, showing her portrait work in the annual exhibitions at the Mall Galleries, London. She combines a successful career as a portrait painter with that of a freelance police forensic artist. She has had 30 years experience of serving regional forces throughout the UK.

Ian Macdonald
Policing & Crime History
BA 2:1 (Hons)Comb Stud, MA Mgmt of Learning, Cert. Mgmt
Coming from: Prescot,  Merseyside  UK
Ian is a retired Assistant Chief Constable who joined the Liverpool and Bootle Constabulary in 1971 and served for 31 years before becoming first an independent consutant and then an assistant director in Intelligence and enforcement for the Border Agency. He is a prolific author, speaker and playwright and has worked on TV and radio on a range of policing issues. As a Police officer he was present during the Toxteth Riots, the Miners’ Farmers’ and Dockers’ disputes and terrorist threats to the Liverpool Docks and the Grand National, but still claims not to have caused any of them. His series of talks draw from his professional experiences.

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.

Malcolm Nelson
HM Customs & Excise
Certified Australian Specialist (Australian Tourist Board)
Coming from: Lower Earley,  Berkshire  UK
Malcolm worked for 40 years for HM Customs and Excise in every aspect of catching smugglers. He was mainly based at Heathrow but he also spent time at London Port, Dover, St Petersberg (Russia), Malta, and at most major airports throughout the EU. Since retirement in 2005 he has developed his speaking activity and now gives talks on catching smugglers, the history of smuggling, historical events in Australia and the Russian revolution.

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.

David Pybus
Criminologist, Historian & Scientist
Dragons Den Winner: MD Scents of Time Limited
Coming from: Cheriton,  Kent  UK
David has worked for over 12 years as a cruise enhancement speaker for a number of cruise lines, both British and American. In work where one is as good as one's last cruise David has been invited back time after time as his presentations are pure “edutainment”- educational and entertaining - and are far from being 'a lecture'. He can stand alone for a talk, but normally he presents a 45 minute highly audio visual extravaganza on a number of entertaining topics ranging from crime to code-breaking and from perfume to vikings and more.

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.

Paul Roach
Criminal Law, Defence & Prosecution
LLB/Solicitor-Advocate/Physics Teacher
Coming from: Lowestoft,  Suffolk  UK
Paul qualified as a solicitor of The Supreme Court of The United Kingdom in 1992 and is a member of The Law Society of England and Wales. After qualifying, he chose to specialise in criminal litigation and worked as a defence lawyer in South London dealing with clients charged with criminal offences; from the most trivial to the most serious. He then formed his own firm and has been involved in some nationally prominent criminal cases. In his talks, Paul gives detailed legal analysis with case histories, all injected with a fatalistic humour that is an indispensable necessity for the criminal practitioner.

David Ross
Criminal Law & Trials
LLB BARRISTER AT LAW
Coming from: Chilham, Canterbury,  Kent  UK
After obtaining his LLB at Queen Mary College London, David practised as a barrister for 30 years in London. His practice took him all over the South East from Norwich to Winchester, but mainly in London and Kent. From the grandeur of the Court of Appeal and Old Bailey to the scruffiest magistrates court. All David needed was a three piece suit, his wig and gown and a copy of Archbold. David retired in 2011 and his talks range from the Life at the Bar, great trials and famous cases.

Professor David Sanders
Psychologist
BSc, PhD
Coming from: Mortain,  Manche  France
Professor David Sanders lectures on a range of topics in Psychology which can be divided into two categories. “The Psychology of Everyday Life” includes a demonstration of how to improve people’s memory and showing how good we are at reading people’s faces. The second group of talks is “Mad or just bad: reanalysing murder” which examine a number of infamous killers such as Ian Brady, Peter Sutcliffe and Beverley Allitt. An experienced and innovative presenter, David has a reputation as a captivating and enthusiastic speaker who unfailingly entertains his audiences.

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.

Roy Taylor
Military Historian & Police Expert
Coming from: Middleton,    UK
Roy is a former Royal Air Force Officer who, in a twelve year career, became a specialist signals intelligence wireless operator. His highly skilled and fascinating work took him to several UK bases including Bletchley Park. Following marriage Roy decided to leave the service and he became a police officer quickly moving from foot patrol duties to the hectic world of Task Force policing. Roy has become highly popular as a guest speaker and talks on topics drawn from his RAF and Police careers and from his lifetimes interest and study of military history and famous leaders.

Mick Testoni
Lifeboatman
R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal Badge holder
Coming from: Aldeburgh,  Suffolk  UK
Mick was born in Suffolk, but began his Police Career in 1964 in the Metropolitan Police, serving in London's East End. In 1974 he transferred to the Suffolk Constabulary and worked for many years in the Criminal Investigation Department until joining the Marine Department and completing 30 years service. Mick joined the R.N.L.I in 1977 and during his lifeboat service he was credited with saving 68 lives. He is the holder of the R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal Badge for his part in the rescue of 6 people from a yacht in force 11 gale and heavy seas in August 1996.

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.

Bob Wragg
Police & Crime
Ex Metropolitan Police Officer
Coming from: Worthing,  West Sussex  UK
On leaving school Bob became a crew member of the Royal Research Ship “John Biscoe” and between 1959 and 1961 travelled to Antarctica. He then joined the Metropolitan Police serving in uniform and the C.I.D. in East and South London and Scotland Yard. He worked on several high profile murder cases some involving notorious London gangsters. Since retiring Bob has become a successful author, lecturer and after-dinner speaker. His topics include his Police experiences, the Secret World War II Diary of a British Soldier, Antarctica 1959 to 1961 and other subjects.