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.

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.

Dale Erhart
Enrichment Speaker - Aviation
Coming from: Courtenay,  BC  Canada
Dale Erhart has 15,000 hours flying fighters, airliners and luxury jets that provide an exciting backdrop to translate into stimulating stories, insights and creative choices we can make every day. His specialized expertise in many fields combined with his diverse background and passion provides passengers with memorable presentations worthy of their welcomed attendance. Engaging & tactful – with stories that are full of ‘Punch!’

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.

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.

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.

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.

William Thayer
History, Science/Technology & World Affairs
Coming from: San Diego,  California  USA
William Thayer received his BS in Math from Stanford, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from USC and an MBA from USC. He has spent 30 years in the aerospace industry in aircraft, missiles and spacecraft and 10 years in real estate/finance. Although he has a technical/financial background, history has always been his passion. He enjoys lecturing on great human accomplishments and great historical events. William enhances his historical experience by actually traveling to where history happened. He has visited all 7 continents, over 60 countries and been around the world 3 times.

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.

Paul Twose
Aviation & Space
Coming from: Northwich,  Cheshire  UK
Paul is a speaker on a variety of fascinating subjects including Aviation, Weather Phenomena, Space and Optical Illusions. With over 45 years experience in private and commercial aviation Paul has flown a wide range of aircraft from gliders and gyroplanes to Boeing 747 ‘Jumbo Jets’. Drawing from his varied aviation background and his 30+ years experience in cadet training Paul is able to explain complex ideas in a way that is interesting and simple to understand.

Mark West
Aviation & Airline Expert
Airline Management
Coming from: Eastbourne,  East Sussex  UK
Mark was raised in Nairobi, Kenya and remained there until he was 12 years old. Since then, he returns regularly to the country he calls ‘home’, both for work and pleasure. His knowledge of the ‘real Kenya’ betrays his love for this incredible part of the world. Mark has enjoyed a very successful career in the airline industry culminating in running the UK operations of a major European airline. He has had the unique opportunity to be involved in running Airlines in some of the most difficult parts of the world such as Congo, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which provide some of the material for his fascinating talks on aviation.