Cruise Ship Speakers

Travel
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Stuart Andrews
Travel, Transport & Social Historian
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Stuart spent a happy childhood in the English county of Norfolk where his father ran a retail business. From an early age he was fascinated by machines that move and was an avid reader of transport history as well as up to date news on the very latest developments in cars, trains, ships and aircraft. Stuart specialized in a transport career. His series of talks provide an insight into all aspects of travel and transport.

Karen Bohringer
The Internet and the World Wide Web
Coming from: Surfers Paradise,  Queensland  Australia
While the Internet and the World Wide Web can be rather serious topics, Karen brings to each of her presentations a fun, light-hearted and entertaining vibe with an attention grabbing, professional PowerPoint slideshow for each. Gaining her IT qualifications from Harvard University and The American Institute of Computer Programming and with a career spanning over 30 years, Karen has spoken for or consulted for several Fortune 500 companies as well as Australian legal bodies. Karen has lectured in many computer related topics ranging from basic computer introduction to advanced computer programming and is very much looking forward to entertaining your cruise guest.

David Burgess
Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Liverpool,  Merseyside  UK
David is a well-respected and experienced destination speaker who delivers his presentations in an entertaining, enjoyable, humorous and unique style. David’s presentations draw on his many years of foreign travel as well as his college lecturing skills mixed in with more than a dash of his naive Liverpool humour that make his series of on board lectures a 'must see'.

Benton Cade
Filmmaker & Asia Expert (especially China & Japan)
PhD in Film Studies
Coming from: -,  Beijing  China
Dr Benton Cade is an English filmmaker originally from Reading, England. He has lived in China for over a decade, first in Anhui province and then in Beijing. In 2011, he wrote and directed the award-winning documentary Sky Ghosts. His second documentary, Red Son, continued the religious theme by focusing on the history and development of Catholicism in China. Since September 2015, Cade has been Professor of Film Studies at Tsinghua, China's top university. Benton has lectured on Chinese and Japanese subjects on cruise ships in the region.

Professor Ian Cooper
Travel Writing & Cultural Conversation
Travel & Cruise Writing / Art of Conversation & Influence
Coming from: Borehamwood,,  Hertfordshire  UK
Professor Ian Cooper is an internationally published author of 16 books in 56 countries, and an established travel writer who writes for national; regional and specialist media including ‘World of Cruising Magazine’. Over many years, Ian has had over 1000 professional speaking and training engagements on his specialist subjects of The Art of Conversation; Influencing People; Communications and Business Success. His light, entertaining and down to earth style has made him a very popular speaker, wherever he appears including on cruise ships.

Robert Cutts
American and Maritime History
BSc (Eng) London Univ, former CEng, Member SW Maritime Hist Socy
Coming from: Downend,  Bristol,  UK
Robert worked in industry as a control engineer for 20 years before becoming an engineering lecturer. In 1987 he became an IT consultant and worked in computer-orientated fields before finally retiring in 2004. After taking numerous cruises, in 2007, Robert became a Saga Ambassador giving talks about Saga holidays to Women’s Institutes and the like. This led him to start giving talks on maritime subjects mainly draw from the Journal that his great-grandfather, Henry Taylor, kept during his voyages to the west coast of the north and south of America in 1862.

Peter Gordon Drake
Exploration & Expeditions
Africa, Middle East and Med. Expert also USA
Coming from: Holmfirth,  West Yorkshire  UK
Peter was born in England but spent part of his school years in Southern Africa returning to Yorkshire to study Industrial Management at University. He has led or been a member of 48 expeditions visiting 72 countries in five continents. He has driven overland from the UK to Nepal to climb in the Himalayas, has twice crossed the Sahara to the River Niger and has followed the Nile route south to East Africa. He gives talks on the history, wildlife and people of Africa and the Middle East.

Dr. Peter Durrans
Historian (General, Exploration & Travel)
BA, MA, DPhil
Coming from: Tyne and Wear,  Sunderland  UK
Dr Peter Durrans was educated at the universities of Hull (BA), Carleton, Ottawa (MA) and Oxford (DPhil). A professional historian he has been a university lecturer in the UK, Canada and the United States and was a history adviser to the UK's Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA). His last appointment was as Associate Dean at the University of Sunderland. Peter now lectures regularly on cruise ships. His aim is to both inform and entertain and he has been described in cruise reports as 'a great speaker and orator'. His specialist interests include empire, exploration and travel.

Peter Enser
Social history of information & communication technology
Coming from: Uckfield,  East Sussex  UK
Peter is Emeritus Professor of Information Science in the University of Brighton. He has had a long career as an academic, distinguished by his work with library, archive and computer science communities in semantic image retrieval research. Peter’s interest in information provision, communication and transport has continued into retirement. His fascination with the social history associated with these technologies provide a rich source of material for his informative and entertaining presentations, all of which are highly illustrated.

Professor Brian J Ford
Scientist & Author
Coming from: Eastrea,  Cambridge  UK
Brian J Ford revolutionised moderm popular science with his articles and broadcasts. The founder of 'Science Now' for the BBC, and host of television programmes including 'Computer Challenge' and 'Food for Thought', he contributes to television programmes from Hollywood to Japan. Widely reviewed as a 'sparkling speaker' and a 'rare master of the art of getting the message across,' he has lectured throughout the world. His lectures cover popular and current science, humour (he is an excellent raconteur) and travel around the world.

Karl Fox
History, Travel, Current World Affairs & Cultures
Professor of History
Coming from: Dunnellon,  Florida  USA
Karl Fox is a retired History Professor from Canada. He taught History, Current World Affairs, Human Resources, and Business Communications in an Ontario College (Canada) for 27 years. Working at the College provided the opportunity to travel four months every year. He made the most of this by visiting/working in over 130 countries and visiting all seven continents several times. Karl has conducted trans-continental trips across Africa and Asia as well as leading numerous safaris in Africa. He is a frequent lecturer on cruise ships and his presentations on Maritime History are interesting, insightful, and humorous.

Tony Gervis
Photographer
FRPS
Coming from: Abberley,  Worcestershire  UK
Some 43 years ago Tony formed Anthony Gervis Ltd. When he retired, financially independent at the age of 50 the company was one of the largest independent investment brokerage in the UK with an annual turnover in excess of £40 million. Since the age of 20, he have been interested in photography to the point now where it is a passion and just about a full time interest. Tony has Lectured on photographic matters and presenting his work across much of the UK for the past 15 years and is currently chairman of Worcestershire Camera Club.

Richard Grainger
Destination Lecturer
Scandinavia and Caribbean Specialist
Coming from: St. Lawrence,  Jersey  UK
Richard qualified in medicine at the University of Leeds. After the usual "doctor" experiences he decided to see a little of the World and spent time working in the developing world, spending three years on St Helena Island, in the South Atlantic, where Napoleon spent his last years in exile. He finally retired from the post of Medical Officer of Health for Jersey and has been serving as a Port and Destination Lecturer since 2007.

James Grant-Peterkin
Islands of the Pacific Ocean
MA Cambridge University
Coming from: Hanga Roa,  Easter Island  Chile
James was born in Inverness, Scotland and fulfilled a childhood dream when he first set foot in the South Pacific in 1996. He went on to read Modern languages at Cambridge University, writing his finals dissertation about the linguistic situation on Easter Island, and later specialising in Polynesian languages. He came back to live on Easter Island after completing university, and has been leading archaeological tours of the island for over 15 years. James has been the British Honorary Consul on Easter Island since 2009, and living in Polynesia has given him a unique insight into these exotic islands.

Martyn Green
Destinations, Ports &Travel Lecturer
Fellow Institute Sales & Marketing Management [1992]
Coming from: Skipton,  North Yorkshire  UK
Martyn has had a lifetime interest in Travel & Geography, he has been travelling the globe for fifty years, giving Destination Lectures on Cruise Ships since 2000. As a member of the International Press Association [IPA] as a Photographer and travel writer, he has lectured on over 30 different ships, on some over a dozen times. He has given Destination Lectures in countries on all six continents, seven if you include Antarctica. Over the years Martyn has lectured for most of the world’s top cruise companies, many talks given during his participation in nine World Cruises.

Steve Harvey
Adventurer and Poet
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
Steve’s been an English teacher, youth worker, police officer, volunteer teacher in Iraq, lecturer in Modern Poetry at Suleimaniyah University, and Safety & Security Officer for an NGO in South Sudan. He's run creative writing courses in Normandy and had poems published in the UK, Ireland, France and Iraq, and his memoirs, Between Dreams: Difficult Paths & Dangerous Places, were launched in November 2016. The Irish writer, Eoin Colfer, called it, 'A memoir that reads like a swashbuckling novel', and of Steve's poems Scottish poet, Liz Lochhead, said that some 'will break your heart... some will make you laugh out loud.'

Graham Hawkins
Historian & Traveller
BA(Hons) MA MEd FRGS
Coming from: Totnes,  Devon  UK
Graham is a graduate of the Universities of Exeter and Bath. For 40 years he pursued a career as a professional educationist, senior manager and consultant in the UK and Middle East. He has always been an enthusiastic traveller, visiting 65 countries. In 1996 Graham founded British Studio Arts to export studio ceramics and paintings to Kuwait where he held 22 exhibitions and ran 3 British Art Festivals in partnership with the British Embassy. During this time he developed an interest in modern Arab art. Graham's talks cover a range of Middle East and Indian historical subjects.

Jacki Hill-Murphy
Explorer, Speaker & Film-maker
MA
Coming from: Bristol,    UK
Jacki has travelled to some of the most inhospitable places on earth to re-create the journeys of daring women adventurers from the past. In tracking four valiant women who left inhibition at home and journeyed into the unknown, she pays tribute to their invincible spirits and achievements. Jacki's journeys are unique and so are her presentations. In her talks, she tells the stories of following in the footsteps of Victorian explorers Isabella Bird who travelled by yak across the Digar-La Pass in Ladakh, India; Mary Kingsley, who pioneered the route to the 13,255 summit of Mount Cameroon; and Kate Marsden who trudged from Moscow to Siberia in search of a cure for leprosy.

Sharon Irvine
Destinations & History
Honors B.A., Bachelor of Education
Coming from: Toronto,  Ontario  Canada
Sharon has travelled extensively throughout the world in her studies of language and civilization over the last 30 years. With university degrees in French language and civilization as well as education, She is a retired professional educator in Toronto, Canada where she now lives. A frequent traveller for her own personal enrichment, and lecturer on cruise lines for more than 8 years, Sharon enjoys sharing her insights on topics of history, culture and architecture as they relate to the cruise destinations. Her experience includes lectures on Caribbean and Mexican destinations, Alaska, and Europe.

Derrick Kemp
Cruising World Wide
Master Mariner
Coming from: Liverpool,  Merseyside  UK
Captain Derrick Kemp began his sea career at the South African Training Ship “General Botha“, Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town. During his 52 years seafaring career he has served aboard a variety of Cargo Passenger, Refrigerated, Heavy Lift and Container ships. Captain Kemp has also been in command of the following passenger vessels - Expedition Ship “Caledonian Star“, “Saga Rose”, “R1“ and “R4” for Renaissance Cruises and the “mv Discovery”. He has travelled the world and sailed the Seven Seas and more. His knowledge of Cruising to be admired.

Clive Leatherdale
International History and Geo-Politics
PhD
Coming from: Southend-on-Sea,  Essex  UK
Clive Leatherdale is an author, editor, publisher and lecturer. He has been a cruise-ship lecturer, for various cruise-lines, since 2013. He specialises in international history and geo-politics. His preferred destinations are worldwide. Clive is the author of more than a dozen books.

Christopher Legrand
Destination Lecturer & Presenter
Coming from: West Moors,  Dorset  UK
Christopher acknowledges that he has been very fortunate in having had opportunities to travel as he enjoys photography and researching and in particularly he loves to share his experiences with others. Through his series of fully illustrated talks, which are professionally constructed and include music and animations, he invites you to sample the history, culture, personalities and scenery of those exciting parts of the world he has visited. He has delivered lectures and presentations for many years, is an accomplished speaker, currently giving around 50 talks a year, and has been a destination presenter on various cruise ships.

George Losey
Zoology & Marine Biology
Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand
Coming from: Kaneohe,  Hawaii  USA
Professor George Losey received his Ph.D. in 1968 from Scripps Institution of Oceanography working on reef fishes of the E. Pacific. His studies introduced him to Ethology, a European discipline comprising study of the natural behavior of animals and their social interactions. Dr. Losey started cruise ship lecturing in 1996 on the QE 2 and has since lectured on various ships with topics in oceanography and climate change, coral reefs, marine biology, Hawaiian natural history, Hawaiian legends and “nature vs. nurture” of human and animal behavior. George is always happy to sit and enjoy a relaxing conversation.

Stephen Lovell
Gardening Expert & Natural Historian
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
A change in career some 25 years ago saw Steve qualify in Amenity Horticulture. Since that time he has had his own business creating and managing gardens which are both practical and sustainable with the emphasis to create gardens which encourage wildlife. 20 plus years ago Steve started giving talks to local groups, since that time his list of lectures has expanded and he is now travelling throughout Britain talking to a wide range of groups on Horticulture, Travel and his passion for Natural History. With over 50 talks now on his list he delivers his presentations using his own images with enthusiasm, humour and knowledge.

Professor Ed Lynch
International Relations & Foreign Policy
Coming from: Roanoke,  Virginia  USA
Dr. Ed Lynch is Chair of Political Science at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. He is a recognized expert on foreign affairs, international relations and diplomacy, especially that of the Mediterranean world. He has sailed with several cruise lines as an expert speaker, traveling to South America, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Ed is a frequent commentator on political affairs for television, radio and newspapers. His travel adventures include visiting 20 countries in one year, experiencing a minor earthquake in Guatemala, and nearly getting killed in Ecuador, protecting a fellow traveller.

Jan Meek
Motivational Speaker & Adventurer
FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society)
Coming from: Bexhill on Sea,  East Sussex  UK
Jan started her diverse and dynamic career in the early 1960s, working as a continuity girl in the film and TV industry. After ten years of rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite, including working with household names like Roger Moore and Sammy Davis Jr, she changed direction and moved to Saudi Arabia to work for the United States Geological Survey. Jan then developed her career with the running of several businesses. In 1997, the lure of a world record breaking adventure was too much and before she knew it she was rowing the Atlantic Ocean with her son.

Jacquelyn Miller
Destination Speaker & Naturalist
Retired Senior Center Director
Coming from: Santa Rosa,  California  USA
Jacqua Miller is a former Senior Center and Recreation Center Director. She is a veteran cruiser, having organized and led many large groups on cruise. She is widely traveled and has researched and explored the cultures, people, wildlife and geography of many parts of the world and has been a Destination Speaker for Cruises since 2002. Her priorities for presentations are to be prepared and engaging and to insure that her talks are both enjoyable and educational.

Paulette Mitchell
Cookbook Author & Enrichment Speaker
Coming from: Minneapolis,  Minnesota  USA
Paulette Mitchell, the author of 13 cookbooks, is known internationally for quick-to-prepare recipes with gourmet flair. As a popular guest chef/lecturer on cruise ships around the world, Paulette presents Signature Menus and conducts cooking demonstrations and classes featuring cuisines of the ports. As a photographer who specializes in travel images, Paulette’s work documents her globe-trotting to 127 countries, where she explores off-the-beaten paths to capture the intrinsic allure of destinations. Among her favorite subjects are enigmatic faces of people as they experience life.

Peter Newsham
Cultural Geography
BA, MA, FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society)
Coming from: Croydon,  Surrey  UK
Peter’s teaching career in Sub-Saharan Africa and London, as Head of Humanities, and Lecturer at King’s College London was punctuated by educational journeys, and travels with family and friends. In addition to travel writing and journalism, he is the author of ‘Occidental Odyssey’, and, with Dr Claudine Fournié, ‘Kissing Candles; Venetian Loves’, a romantic mystery based on truth. His lectures combine accessibility, scholarship and humour about the personalities who populate history. Peter also offers Poetry Interludes; from the amusing to the sublime, from Seduction to Romance.

John Nixon
Scandinavian & Baltic Countries
B.Sc (Econ), M.Sc, MBA
Coming from: Pershore,  Worcestershire  UK
John Nixon holds degrees in economics and business planning. As a result of his extensive range of work in the Far East and Scandinavia especially in China, he was recently presented with the highly prestigious Dunhuang Award. He offers talks on current developments in Norway and neighbouring countries set against the background of their recent history, social structures and economies. His presentations are superbly illuminated and compliment all voyages in the northern hemisphere. These talks go together with port talks very well indeed.

Lady Susette Palmer
Ancient Civilisations & Medieval History
Coming from: London,    UK
Lady Susette Palmer has always been fascinated with traveller’s tales and ancient history. She has lectured on two seasons of Voyages to Antiquity and has just finished a very successful cruise on Fred Olsen. She also lectures to various societies in her home Borough of Barnet. Susette prides herself in making her talks relevant to, and individually tailored for the particular cruise. Her accompanying partner, Lord Monroe Palmer is also an accomplished speaker on the Houses of Parliament.

Graeme Payne
Destination & Enrichment Speaker
Travel Writer / The Cruise Business
Coming from: Aldwick,  West Sussex  UK
Graeme studied Transport at London University and travelled the world, working for Gulf Air in the late 1970s. From 1980 until 2001 he trained travel agents and travel managers in corporations for Reed International’s travel publishing division. Since 2001 he has specialised in luxury travel and cruising, lecturing at Ryerson University in Toronto and Liverpool John Moores University. A seasoned cruise passenger, Graeme has an intimate knowledge of a multitude of cruise destinations.

Bill Powell
Travel & Music
South East Asia, the USA and contemporary music.
Coming from: Chester,  Cheshire  UK
Bill was an accountant with BT and joined Marks and Spencer to head their Customer Services Division. He subsequently became Chairman of the Consumer Credit Trade Association. He took early retirement and embarked on a completely different career path as a Tour Manager, escorting groups of travellers to worldwide destinations. He specialises in the USA, Borneo and China. Bill's talks largely reflect his experiences during his ten years as a Tour Manager, mixing personal high (and low!) lights with amusing anecdotes about his journeys around the world.

Jane Robinson
Social Historian
Author specialising in social history through women's eyes
Coming from: Haddenham,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Jane Robinson is the acclaimed author of ten books and has been described by the BBC as ‘one of our most original and engaging social historians.’ She specialises in writing popular and accessible books about history seen through women’s eyes. Jane read English at Oxford; then worked in the antiquarian book trade in London, specialising in voyages and travel, before becoming a full-time writer and lecturer. She’s a frequent guest speaker at literary festivals, for national museums and libraries, university alumni groups, & massed Women’s Institute Federations.

Corey Sandler
Destination Lecturer & Special Interest Lecturer
Bestselling author, wire service correspondent, photographer
Coming from: Nantucket,  MA  USA
Corey Sandler has been a storyteller all his life. Beginning as a reporter for a small-town daily paper, he covered two national Presidential campaigns and become a correspondent for The Associated Press. He has written more than 200 books on history, sports, travel, computers, and business; several titles have become national bestsellers. He has appeared as a guest on NBC’s “Today” show, CNN, National Public Radio, and The Travel Channel. Sandler has worked with the world's leading luxury cruise lines for many years. His lectures blend a broad understanding of history and culture in an entertaining package of photos, music, and video.

Tim Severin
Explorer, Traveller & Author
D.Phil, Gold Medallist Royal Geographical Society
Coming from: Timoleague,  Co. Cork  Ireland
Acclaimed adventure writer and explorer Tim Severin, was born in 1940 and educated at Tonbridge School and Oxford University. He has made a career of retracing the storied journeys of mythical and historical figures and has many published books to his credit. His travels have been the subject of award winning documentary films and a major BBC documentary series title "TIME TRAVELLER". He has written regularly about his expeditions in the National Geographic Magazine and has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book award.

Edwin Sobey
The Ocean, Polar Zones & Coral Reefs
Coming from: Redmond,  Washington  USA
Ed is an explorer, author, and former museum director. Holding a Ph.D. in oceanography, he has participated in two dozen research expeditions from the poles to the tropics. On his expeditions and travels Ed has taught or conducted research on all seven continents and three oceans, and visited 110 countries. Along the way he spent a winter in Antarctica, crossed the Pacific Ocean in a sailboat, studied whales from ocean kayaks, and explored natural wonders at every opportunity. Global encounters with whales, sea lions, sharks, and underwater treasure hunters have given Ed experiences that spark enthusiastic interest in his audiences.

George Sranko
Nature, Wildlife & Human interest
BSc Biology (UBC), MA (Hons) Env Governance (Griffith)
Coming from: Victoria,  British Columbia  Canada
George is known for his dynamic and entertaining presentation style. He has a BSc in biology from UBC in Vancouver and an MA in ecological governance from Griffith University, Queensland Australia. He was born in Australia and has dual Canadian / Australian citizenship. He has been featured as an enrichment and destination lecturer on cruise ships throughout the world. Close encounters with snorting grizzly bears, erupting volcanoes, drooling Komodo dragons, and trumpeting elephants have all added spice to George's presentations.

Mary Symons
Culture and Lifestyle of Japan and Korea
Ohara Ikebana Sensei & speaker on Japanese and Korean Life and Culture
Coming from: Ferndown,  Dorset  UK
Mary has travelled extensively throughout Japan having spent several years training in Ikebana and other aspects of Japanese culture and lifestyle. Through this and her teaching qualifications, she is in demand as a regular speaker on both the serious and light hearted sides of life in Japan. Mary has spoken on the radio and TV and also runs courses and workshops on Ikebana and Japanese lifestyle. She lectures for various Cruise lines, mostly those on world cruises. She can also hold a range of Japanese Culture and ikebana themed workshops and specific requests can be fulfilled.

Neil Taylor
Travel Writer
Coming from: London,  -  UK
Neil studied the then communist world at university in the late 1960s. Since then he has worked in the travel business and had started to visit both parts of Germany from 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was built and also the time when Germany had largely recovered from WWII. He has visited Germany at least once a year since then, and often several times. His interests there stretch across the centuries from medieval painting through 19th century literature to the current political situation. Neil has led tours to China and Albania. He is the author of the Bradt Travel Guides to the Baltic Cities.

Malcolm Teasdale
Author, Adventurer and Enrichment Speaker
Coming from: Destin,  Florida  USA
Malcolm Teasdale was born in Coventry, England and is a successful entrepreneur who now spends his time traveling to “off-the-beaten-track” places. Since retiring from the technology industry, he now travels to the more unusual destinations in the World in search of rich cultural experiences. His 4th travel book has just been published called, “Religion, Spirituality and the way of life in the Himalayas” which describes his experience in the Himalayan Kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and Myanmar. Malcolm has a wide repertoire of talks on destinations, adventure and travel.

Charles Urbanowicz
Anthropology
Polynesian Society
Coming from: Chico,  California  UK
Dr. Charles Urbanowicz has been traveling throughout the Pacific for more than 45 years. After completing his graduate research in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga, he received the Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon in 1972, the same year he began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota. In 1973 Dr. Urbanowicz joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Chico, and retired from that institution in December 2009. Dr. Urbanowicz holds life membership in The Polynesian Society (University of Auckland) and his Pacific interests and travels have taken him to many of the Polynesian Islands.

Alan Walker
Destination & Enrichment Lecturer
Historian. Travel Writer & Speaker. Regional Analyst
Coming from: Abergavenny,  Monmouthshire  UK
Alan is a Destination & Port Lecturer, Historian and Geographer and has undertaken extensive research and travel in the U.S.A. and Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Mediterranean World including Egypt, Israel, Turkey and the Black Sea, South Africa, large cities of South-East Asia, Australia and the frozen worlds of Iceland. He has lectured on world voyages for many of the major cruise lines, and offers a comprehensive and interesting range of lectures in History, Geography and Environmental Studies.

Tony Waltham
Geology & Exploration
Volcanoes, Glaciers & Caves
Coming from: Nottingham,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Dr Tony Waltham is a geologist who graduated from Imperial College, London, and studied in the mines of Norway for his PhD. He was then a university lecturer for many years in Nottingham, where he taught mining and civil engineers. Travel to faraway places has always taken all his free time, and the geological interest has taken him all over the world, notably to almost every country in Asia. Tony has made films for television, still manages his Geophotos picture library and is on the Editorial Board of Geology Today.

Alan Whelan
Adventure & Travel
Coming from: Lytham St. Annes,    UK
Alan trained as a journalist and now works as a ghostwriter, copywriter and travel writer. Brought up in a London-Irish household his overriding ambition as a child was to travel. He has travelled extensively through Africa and written about the continent in travel books and magazine and newspaper articles. Alan has given many talks about his travels to clubs, associations and literature festivals.

Paul Whittle
Travel, Military History & Railways
Former Banker and TA Officer
Coming from: Woking,  Surrey  UK
Paul served 34 years as a Major in Royal Signals TA and his first book, the history of his regiment, was published in 2002. His interest in military affairs is wide-ranging. He is Vice Chairman, Darjeeling Railway Society and was a keynote speaker at India’s first conference on steam heritage tourism. He has visited over 50 countries and his travelogues often include unusual/exciting rail travel e.g. Siberia, Burma and are enjoyed for their mix of history, culture and people – imagine Michael Portillo but minus pastel jackets!

Brigadier Hugh Willing CBE
Military & Colonial History
Coming from: Staplecross,  East Sussex  UK
Hugh Willing was a professional soldier for 36 years before retiring in 2007. Born and brought up in Kenya but latterly educated in Britain, he spent his teenage years in Nigeria and Ghana. He joined the British Army in 1971 and served with the Royal Green Jackets and 2nd KEO Gurkha Rifles in many parts of the world. A Swahili, Arabic and Gurkhali speaker he has travelled widely in Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Arabia and the Far East both in a military and private capacity. As an experiended enrichment speaker, Hugh presents an extensive series of talks on military and colonial history.

Richard Wilson
Arts & Humanities relating to itineraries
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Professor Richard Wilson was educated at Cambridge, Oxford and in France. After a time in publishing, his early career was as a British Council lecturer in Africa and the Middle East. He is a BBC-trained radio and television presenter and has taught at the University of York and at The Open University. Tailor-made for each voyage, Richard’s lectures develop the theme of his BBC series Writers and Places, offering insights into the places visited and the seas crossed.

Alan Wright
Travel Writer & Motivational Speaker
After Dinner Speaker, Enrichment and Destinations
Coming from: Hartlepool,  County Durham  UK
Alan’s career as a travel writer and professional speaker goes back over thirty years. He was an award-winning BBC broadcaster for over 25 years and is busy these days on training in presentation skills and media for some of the biggest companies in the UK and Middle East. In the 1990's he became Chief Executive of Durham County Cricket Club. He specialises in business and VIP travel to the Middle East about which he gives talks as well as on cricket.