Cruise Ship Speakers

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Richard Atkins
Motorsport Commentator & Aviation Historian
Raconteur: exciting tales of exploits on land, sea and in the air
Coming from: Hastings,  East Sussex  UK
Richard Atkins is a respected cruise enhancement lecturer specialising in light hearted entertaining lectures to explain some of the worlds most amazing engineering achievements especially by women and historical famous pioneers. Richard’s initial career was in Formula one Motorsport where he worked with many famous names. He talks with enthusiasm and humour about his experiences in the motorsport and aviation arena.

Steve Bond
Aviation Historian
Second World War & post-war military; airline industry. PhD CEng
Coming from: Milton Keynes,    UK
Steve is a life-long aviation enthusiast and historian, who has spent most of his working life in the industry. He served in the RAF for 22 years as an aircraft Propulsion Technician. Steve then moved into the civilian aerospace industry, spending 6 years with TRW Aeronautical Systems as Logistic Support Manager. He joined City University London as a Senior Lecturer in Jan 2001. Now a freelance lecturer in both current aviation safety management and historical subjects, his main aviation interests centre on military aviation from the Second World War onwards plus today's airline industry.

Lorimer Burn
Classic Car Owner
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Lorimer, now retired, has been a pilot all his life, first flying helicopters for the Royal Navy and then British Airways. Later he converted to flying fixed wing aeroplanes and joined the airline British Midland, later bmi, flying Boeing 737's and Airbus A320's out of Heathrow, around the UK and Europe. He talks about his 40 plus years of life in aviation.

Howard Cook
Historic Aircraft Historian & Destination Lecturer
Historic Aircraft Display Pilot
Coming from: Bury St.Edmunds,  Suffolk  UK
Howard has been involved in the world of historic aircraft for 25 years. He started off as part of the Messerschmitt Display Team operating the Messerschmitt for nine years. He has flown a wide range of vintage aircraft from Tiger Moth, Stearman, Harvard Spitfire MkV, Hurricane, P51 Mustang and P40 Kittyhawk. Howard writes for a number of aviation magazines and has known many of the great fighter aces and test pilots which provides inspiration for his series of talks.

Richard Cooke
Action & Location Photography
Freelance photographer for over 40 years
Coming from: Cogenhoe,  Northamptonshire  UK
Richard Cooke has been a photographer for over 40 years. He always wants the unique angle, the unusual moment, the special shot and has photographed a huge diversity of subjects from, for example, the Red Arrows, circus and Formula 1, to travel in India and Nepal, to celebrities from John Arlott to Margaret Thatcher. Richard worked for all the Sunday magazines and major advertising agencies and photographed all the RAF's fast jets for recruitment advertising. He is a relaxed, eloquent and amusing speaker able to engage his audience with fascinating stories behind his pictures.

Tony Davies
Aviation & Aerobatics
Former Vulcan Bomber pilot
Coming from: Bourton,  Dorset  UK
Tony is a retired fast-jet pilot and an enthusiastic historian with a degree in Medieval and Modern History. He was a career officer in the RAF before retiring early in the rank of Wing Commander after 28 years, followed by 14 years flying Air Cadets with the RAFVR. Tony was a V-bomber captain during the Cold War, flying Victors and Vulcans worldwide. He presents a series of illustrated and informative talks on Military Aviation and a series on History, which is his first love.

Ricky Deutsch
Adventure Traveler and Author
Coming from: San Jose,  California  USA
An avid outdoor adventurer, Rick Deutsch has explored the seven continents from Antarctica to Egypt. His talks present the geology, history, and culture of prominent “bucket list” places. He covers popular destinations, such as Venice, Barcelona and Galapagos, but also gives presentations on unusual but fascinating topics to round out his offerings. Rarely touched by other special interest speakers are his lectures on UFO’s, The Space Age, and the History of the World. As member of the National Speakers Association, he regularly gives presentations to organizations, museums, associations, and companies.

Captain Paul Eschenfelder
Destination Expert
Coming from: Spring,  Texas  USA
Captain Paul Eschenfelder has been blessed to wear two hats. For almost forty years he has not only flown over the Seven Seas from Osaka to Amsterdam but sailed them as well, from Alaska to Zanzibar. He has bargained with the Masai in Africa, stumbled across antiquities in Greece and Ireland and benefited from the spirit of ohana in Hawaii. Whether living in Asia or America his home has been his suitcase and his world has two sunrises every 36 hours. He regularly lectures on cruise lines around the world, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Texas and a course developer and adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Les Evans
Aviation & Concorde
Former Concorde pilot, Test pilot & Harrier pilot
Coming from: Sharnbrook,  Bedford  UK
Les flew Concorde with BA for 4 years up to its end of service in 2003. Earlier, Les had been a fast-jet pilot with the RAF, flying “Jump Jet” Harriers for over 7 years before graduating from test pilot school. He later joined BA as a Boeing 747 pilot and upon retirement, runs a training and consultancy business specialising in aircraft and aero systems design. Les lectures extensively on flying Concorde, the Concorde accident, test flying, Harrier flying, air safety, the future of high speed commercial travel and other aviation subjects.

Aldon Ferguson
Military Aviation Historian & Russia Expert
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Aldon was brought up in the North West of England developing a strong interest in aviation. After a period in the RAF he graduated as a Chartered Surveyor. He specialised in commercial property in London and then set up the first property company in post-Communist Russia. Initially opening in Moscow and quickly expanding into St Petersburg and Kiev in Ukraine. Simultaneously, Aldon's love of all things aviation and related buildings led to him becoming one of the leading experts in RAF history.

Dr Mike Gibson
Music & Destinations
Coming from: Southampton,  Hants  UK
An RAF medical air commodore, CEO of an occupational health company & a member of the Tribunal service, Mike was Honorary Surgeon to HM the Queen for 5 years. He has published widely with passions including history, bagpipes and travel.

David Henderson
Airline Pilot
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Captain David Henderson is a recently retired international airline captain who spent his entire working life travelling the globe and living and working in several different countries. He trained in the RAF and has flown worldwide on almost every type of flying machine from paragliders to aerobatic and vintage aeroplanes to Boeing 747s. He shares his lifelong love of aviation in a most engaging and entertaining manner.

Terence (Terry) Holloway
Aviation & Aviation History
Coming from: Great Wratting, Haverhill,  Suffolk  UK
Terry was born in 1945 and joined No 424 (Southampton) Squadron of the Air Training Corps in 1959. The following year, he joined the RAF as a Halton apprentice and continued his gliding with the Windrushers Gliding Club at RAF Bicester, which subsequently became the RAF Gliding & Soaring Association Centre. He has flown over 3,000 hours in gliders. As an aviation expert and historian, Terry regularly lectures and talks on a wide range of aviation linked topics ranging from gliding to space travel.

John Hutchinson
Aviation History
Former Concorde Pilot
Coming from: Royston,  Hertfordshire  UK
John joined the RAF in 1955 and spent eight years in the service, flying the Avro Shackleton in Singapore and then as a Flying Instructor and Examiner on the Jet Provost. This was followed by three years in corporate aviation flying a variety of light single and twin engine aircraft. He joined BA in 1966, flew Boeing 707's and Boeing 747's before joining the Concorde fleet in 1977 where he spent the next 15 years until retirement. John presents a series of talks on his Concorde experiences.

Andrew Lambert
Military & Aviation Historian
Air Commodore, MPhil
Coming from: Lapford,  Devon  UK
Air Commodore Andrew Lambert flew Phantoms and went on to run the RAF's "Top Gun"¯ school. A planner for the 1991 Gulf War, he then commanded a Tornado fighter squadron on operations over Bosnia. As an Air Commodore he commanded in the Falklands and the Iraqi Northern No Fly Zone. A Military Historian, he has also published a number of papers on the Psychological Impact of Air Power and Coercion and British Defence Policy.

Anita Mays
Pilot on Executive Jets; Humorous tales of venues and passengers
Coming from: Sunninghill,  Berks  UK
Anita Mays is the youngest of four and was born in Nigeria to Yorkshire Parents. She spent most of her young life in Africa while attending boarding school in England where she excelled in sports. At Birmingham university and Aix-En-Provence, she attained an honours degree in English and French. She is a qualified English teacher, speaks French & Italian, loves keep fit and many sports including recreational flying. After being turned down by many airlines to become an airhostess, Anita became an instructor then a qualified commercial pilot. She has enjoyed a remarkable and colourful career, flying executive jets, cooperate, airline, freight and some film work.

Ted McCourt
Aviation Safety & History
Former Airline Pilot
Coming from: Tullyvale,  Dublin  Ireland
Ted is a retired Airline Pilot and Specialist in Aviation Safety. He is a Graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Diploma in Higher Education. He entered Aviation in 1965 and served as an Airline Captain with Aer Lingus, Irish International Airlines for 27 years. During that time he held the position of Chief Flying Instructor on the Boeing 737 Fleet and was a Boeing Pilot Examiner for the Irish Aviation Authority. Since his retirement, Captain McCourt has devoted his time to lecturing on Aviation Safety matters.

Tim Orchard
Concorde Captain
Coming from: Aylesbury,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Captain Tim Orchard began his flying career in 1971. He has flown over 50 types of aircraft and is currently licenced to fly Aeroplanes, Helicopters, Hot Air Balloons and Hot Air Airships. Tim is an air-test pilot, a Display Pilot, a Flight Instructor and a Senior Examiner for the CAA, and he jointly holds the Concorde World Record time for the journey from New York to London: 2hrs 52 minutes (7th Feb 1996). Tim presents a number bespoke tailored lectures related to the Concorde and aviation topics.

Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE
Aviation Historian
Coming from: Crowthorns,  Berkshire  UK
The son of a Battle of Britain pilot Rick is himself a decorated and highly acclaimed fighter pilot and leader. He has wide experience of high level command in the military, in senior appointments and in business at Managing Director level. He has great leadership capabilities and is recognised as a high achiever. He is also Past Master of the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators Livery.

Jock Reid MBE
Aviation Speaker & Former Test Pilot
Coming from: Horsham,  West Sussex  UK
Jock grew up in Renfrew, mid-way between the old and new Glasgow airports. He joined the RAF in 1966 and after training, flew the Lightning operationally before completing an instructors course. He went on to spend 3 years testing fighter and trainer aircraft and finally as an instructor. He joined the CAA as an airworthiness test pilot in 1983, becoming Chief Test Pilot in 1995 before retiring in 2003. He admits to a great fondness for the Boeing 747 but it is Concorde which remains the focus of his affection, an aeroplane which he flew on a regular basis until his retirement.

Chris Rigby
Airline Captain
Coming from: Leamington Spa,  Warwickshire  UK
Captain Chris Rigby was trained by BOAC in the early 70’s but left to join initially Cyprus Airways and then Britannia Airways at Birmingham. It was with Britannia that he gained his command at the age of 26, one of the youngest jet captains in the UK at that time. After a period of freelance work including private aircraft flying for Chris De Burgh, Nigel Mansell and other celebrities, he joined Easy Jet at its start up in Luton. Chris is still an active pilot doing freelance work. With over over 20,000 hours flying experience he is happy to share this experience through his series of aviation lectures.

Nigel Scopes
Military Pilot
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
Squadron Leader Nigel Scopes joined the RAF in 1985 and is still a serving Officer and Pilot. During his career he has flown the Tornado F3 fighter, E-3D Sentry AWACS (a modified Boeing 707) and numerous training aircraft. He has flown operational sorties over Bosnia, Libya and the Falkland Islands. As a Central Flying School Examiner he has flown with students and instructors around the world, from microlights in Somerset to a Chilean fast jet trainer. 'Scopesie' talks about all aspects of military flying from the perspective of student, combat ready pilot, instructor and examiner.

Ian Smith
Aviation & Concorde
Former Concorde Chief Flight Engineer
Coming from: Camberley,  Surrey  UK
Ian joined the RAF in 1957 aged 15 as a Halton Aircraft Apprentice. After graduation he carried out major servicing on Hunter, Javelin and the Canberra aircraft. He became a Flight Engineer in 1964 on Beverley and Shackleton aircraft, then joined BOAC in 1970 on B707. In June 1976 Ian was posted onto Concorde, six months after Concorde went into service, and spent 20 years flying Concorde, he was an instructor and examiner for twelve years ending as Chief Flight Engineer Concorde for four years until retiring from British Airways in 1996. He lectures on a wide range of aviation topics.

Lou Thieblemont
Former Airline Pilot, Astronomical Society of Harrisburg, PA
Coming from: Camp Hill,  PA  USA
Lou Thieblemont has always been fascinated by the sky. Even before graduating from New York Institute of Technology, he was working for Air France Flight Dispatch at JFK airport making computerized flight plans. After graduation, he worked for 37 years as a commercial airline pilot, first for TWA and then for American Airlines when the two carriers merged. Since his retirement Lou has been an active volunteer for a number of organisations and offers a series of talks on topics as diverse as astronomy, aviation, Antarctic exploration, optical illusions, and computer graphics.

Andy Wyatt
Former Red Arrows Pilot
Coming from: Cirencester,  Gloucestershire  UK
Squadron Leader Andy Wyatt joined the RAF in 1979 and spent many years flying supersonic fighters before becoming an instructor and finally joining The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team for 3 years. Following his career in the RAF he joined British Airways flying Boeing 747's and 777's. He is currently a member of the Breitling Wingwalkers Aerobatic Team and presents an interesting series of talks on his RAF and commercial aviation experiences.