Cruise Ship Speakers

Aviation
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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.

Jim Barnes
Aviation Historian
Coming from: Dorking,  Surrey  UK
Jim trained in Radar and Radio systems before beginning a flying career as an RAF Electronics Officer in the ‘V’ Force flying tours on Vulcan bombers with 617 (Dambusters) Squadron as part of the nuclear deterrent during the cold war. Following his RAF career he went into the electronic warfare systems and IT industries. His aviation talks draw from his experiences in the RAF.

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
Aviation
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.

Captain Geoff Dyer
Aviation & Military Historian
Ex- RAF Pilot, Civil Chief Test Pilot, CAA Examiner
Coming from: Bleasby,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Geoff graduated from Cambridge University with an Aeronautical Engineering Degree and flew as an RAF pilot on fighter & bomber aircraft, including 3 tours as captain of the Mighty Vulcan Bomber, displaying at public air shows. After 20 years, he flew as a professional civil pilot, test pilot and flight examiner in a flying career of over 40 years with 10,000 hours in command. Today, he is an experienced cruise ship speaker with an entertaining and informative range of presentations of his humorous and sometimes tragic memories, anecdotes and iconic events from aviation history.

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
FRICS, MRAeS
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.

Bryan Field
Aviation Historian
MBA
Coming from: Swindon,  Wiltshire  UK
Bryan has spent a working life-time in the airline business but his love of aviation started well before then. Born to an aircraft engineer, Bryan made his first flight at the age of three and has been involved with aviation ever since. He joined BEA in 1972 and stayed with British Airways until 2005 when he left to set up his own airline consulting business. He has travelled to every corner of the globe and has a wealth of interesting stories, some about aeroplanes but most about the incredible people who helped shrink the globe and open up the world to the masses.

Phil Giles
Aviation & Air Safety Investigator
RNLI Governor and Lecturer
Coming from: Emsworth,  Hampshire  UK
Captain Phil Giles wrote and appeared in the BBC documentary “The Bermuda Triangle” which investigated the disappearance of USN Flight 19. He is a Life Member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators and holds their Award for "Outstanding Service to Air Safety." He was an Air Safety Investigator with the UK AAIB from 1986 to 2002. Phil's talks cover air and sea safety investigations including the disappearance of Flight 19, "Black Boxes", Concorde, and Panam 103 at Lockerbie including the subsequent trial.

David Henderson
Aviation
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
FRAeS
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.

Derek Maltby
Hot Air Ballooning
Coming from: Bishop Sutton,  Bristol  UK
Derek was a police officer in the Avon and Somerset Constabulary based in Bath during which time he ‘scrounged’ his first hot air balloon flight. He went on to crew and then obtained his first sponsorship to fly a balloon from a car dealership. He has achieved over 1,100 flying hours during the past 28 years and is the holder of the British Balloon and Airship (BBAC) Gold Medal for duration, distance, accuracy and altitude. There are only 12 holders of this prestigious award. Derek presents a series of talks about hot air and gas ballooning.

Anita Mays
Aviation
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.

Kenneth Moore
Military & Aviation History
ex. RAF
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
Kenneth is a retired RAF Officer. His talks are a light hearted look at the 34 years he served as a Navigator travelling the globe in the course of his duties and on Operations. First posting was to RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland where he spent 5 years patrolling the northern skies as a cold war warrior on AEW Shackletons. Further postings saw him flying Phantom F4, Tornado F3 and E-3D Sentry AWACS aircraft before he went on to develop aircraft mission systems. Kenneth retired in April 2013 and is now a tour guide at Lincoln Castle, Lincoln Cathedral and the Lincoln Open Top Tour Bus.

Rick Peacock-Edwards CBE
Aviation Historian
AFC FRAeS FCIM
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.

Ross Priday
Aviation
Wing Commander - Royal Air Force & Ex-Squadron Leader Red Arrows
Coming from: Llandysul,  Ceredigion  UK
Retired Royal Air Force Wing Commander, Ross Priday, is an Aviation Expert who talks primarily about his time with the world famous aerobatic team, The Red Arrows. His talks cover the history of the team, including a candid and review of his own time with the team. For 2016, Ross has a talk on the extensive wildlife and environmental conservation projects that are undertaken on Ministry of Defence real estate around the world. He also talks more generally about man’s continuing fascination with flight. Filled with humour, Ross’s talks are engaging and memorable.

Jock Reid MBE
Aviation Speaker & Former Test Pilot
FRAeS
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
Aviation
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
Aviation
RAF 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.

Kim (Kelvin) Sharman
Aviation & Naval Historian
Retired Fleet Air Arm & Boeing 747 Pilot
Coming from: Easton Royal,  Wiltshire  UK
Kim has led a life in and around aviation. From a youth who wondered where he was bound in life, he joined the Fleet Air Arm in 1965 and the rest, as they say, is history! Kim flew Sea Vixen fighters in the Royal Navy, serving for two operational tours on HMS Eagle to the Far East. After leaving the Royal Navy, Kim joined BOAC as a First Officer on the VC10. In 1977 he joined Cathay Pacific Airways and worked his way up the system and became a 747 Captain. Since retiring Kim has been involved in a Business Networking organisation as well as being a regular speaker on cruises.

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
Aviation
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.

Michael Whitehouse
Military & Aviation History
Former Red Arrows Pilot
Coming from: Maidenhead,  Berkshire  UK
Mike's background is the RAF having spent a full career in the service. He joined at 17, but then spent the next 3 years at university on a cadetship. Following officer and flying training he had several postings before joined the Red Arrows for the 1976-78 seasons. Mike continued in a distinguished career including Wing Commander and his final appointment as the Head of Foreign Liaison Staff at the MOD. His aviation talks cover his experiences in the RAF.

Andy Wyatt
Aviation
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.