Cruise Ship Speakers

Writing
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Barney Broom
Author & Film Director
Coming from: Blakeney,  Norfolk  UK
Barney Broom works in the film industry. As a writer/director he has won awards for his work having made commercials, documentaries for both TV and cinema. In 2002/03 Barney was involved in the Borobudur Ship Expedition sailing a replica vessel across the Indian Ocean in the wake of 8th century Indonesian migration to Africa. The documentary produced entitled Braving the Cape was sold to Discovery. His first novel Haute Cuisine was recently published, with a second book Podric Moon and the Corsican Tyrant due out next year. He is a member of BAFTA and the Director’s Guild of Great Britain.

Paul Brown
Maritime Historian & Author
Coming from: Welford,  Northamptonshire  UK
Dr Paul Brown is a maritime history author and speaker. He is a consultant to National Historic Ships, the UK’s authority on the preservation of historic ships and boats, and a maritime photographer. A member of the Society for Nautical Research, he was until recently a university lecturer and senior university manager, and has also lectured at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Peter John Cattermole
Geologist and Volcanologist
B.Sc., PhD
Coming from: Sheffield,  South Yorkshire  UK
Peter was formerly a lecturer in volcanology and planetary geology at the University of Sheffield and, previously at University College of Wales, Aberystwtyth. For many years he was a Principal Investigator with NASA's planetary geology and physics program, specialising on the study of volcanoes on Mars and Venus. Peter has travelled widely during the course of his work and has given numerous public lectures in the fields of his specialities, including explaining geological processes to cruise ship passengers.

Peter Clayton
Classical & European Archaeology and Egyptology
FCILIP, Dip.Arch, FSA, FRNS
Coming from: Hemel Hempstead,  Hertfordshire  UK
Peter is an Egyptologist, archaeologist and numismatist who has excavated on sites in England and Egypt. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquities of London, he has lectured widely in England, in most of the major museums and universities, and in Europe and Australia. Peter is a best-selling author of "Chronicle of the Pharaohs" and expert Advisor for coins and antiquities to several museums.

Ying Chang Compestine
Author, Speaker, Expert on Cuisine, and Culture
Coming from: Lafayette,  California  USA
A leading national authority on Asian culture and cuisine, award-winning author, and former food editor for Martha Stewart's Whole Living magazine, Ying Chang Compestine is the multi-talented author of 20 books including fiction, picture books, and five cookbooks. Her middle grade novel, Revolution is Not a Dinner Party, has won numerous awards, and her picture book, Crouching Tiger, won the Panda Book Award in China and the Morning Calm Award in South Korea.

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.

Edwina Currie
World Affairs & Extraordinary Lives
Writer, Broadcaster, Politician, Celebrity Speaker
Coming from: Whaley Bridge,  Derbyshire  UK
Edwina was born in Liverpool, UK in 1946 and went to the Liverpool Institute, the same school as Beatles George Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney. She won a scholarship to Oxford University to read Chemistry, and then switched to Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Edwina has had three successful careers - so far! She stood for Parliament in 1983 and represented South Derbyshire for 14 years. She became one of the nation's best known MPs and served in Margaret Thatcher's government 1986-88. Edwina is also a successful author & broadcaster and has been a Celebrity speaker with many cruise lines since 1994.

Richard Doherty
Military Historian & Writer
FIRSO, MRHistS
Coming from: Co. Londonderry,  Northern Ireland  UK
One of the leading military historians in the UK and Ireland, writer and broadcaster Richard Doherty has 26 books to his credit, two of which were nominated for the prestigious Templer Medal. A popular speaker he has addressed a wide variety of audiences in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, France and Italy, as well as the USA. He leads battlefield tours in Ireland, Normandy and Italy, and has lectured on cruise ships since 2002 with topics ranging from military and naval history to Irish myth, history and culture.

Jean Fullerton
Social History & Creative Writing
MSc
Coming from: Bedford,  Bedfordshire  UK
Jean was born and raised within the sound of Bow Bell’s in East London where her family have been for almost two hundred years. She has spent most of her working life as a nurse in the East End of London, first as a Sister in charge of a team, and then as a District Nurse tutor. She started writing ten years ago and enjoys all eras of history but is fascinated by the 18th and 19th century and many of her books have been set in this period.

Ann Gawthorpe
Writer & Journalist
How to write your life story.
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Ann is enthusiastic about helping people write their life story. Based on her book ‘How to write your Life Story and get it Published’, she has helped hundreds of people to preserve their memories for future generations through talks, workshops and courses as well as book sales.

Hilary Green
Author & Teacher of Creative Writing
Coming from: Barnston,  Wirral  UK
Hilary trained for the stage, but then decided to go into teaching. She has spent the greater part of her life teaching drama and theatre studies in a variety of schools, from a girl’s boarding school in Kent to Comprehensives in London and on the Wirral. She writes historical fiction set during World War l and World War ll. Hilary is an experienced public speaker and gives talks about "how to write fiction" and about her books.

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.

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.'

Andrew Hignell
Cricket & Sports Historian
Scorer and Archivist to Glamorgan County Cricket Club
Coming from: Cardiff,  Wales  UK
Andrew is the Scorer and Archivist to Glamorgan County Cricket Club who are Wales’ sole representative in professional cricket. Andrew caught the cricket bug as a young schoolboy growing up in Cardiff following Glamorgan’s success in winning the 1969 County Championship. He subsequently read Geography at Exeter University, before completing a PhD at Cardiff University and then taught Geography until 2004 when he "retired" to take up his post with Glamorgan CCC. He is widely acknowledged as one of the country’s leading cricket historians and statisticians.

Peter Hobday
Broadcaster & Author
CELEBRITY
Coming from: London,    UK
Peter Hobday is one of Britain's best known broadcasters. He wrote and presented "Masterworks" every morning on Radio Three until January 2000, and for 14 years he was a presenter of the early morning BBC Radio news show "Today", required listening for politicians, business leaders and opinion-formers in Britain. He is an author and is also in demand as a public speaker and conference chairman.

Rodney Hobson
Investment Expert & Author
Coming from: Blackheath,  London  UK
Rodney is an investment, finance and economics writer and author with experience in the UK and Asia. He has been News Editor for Business News on The Times in London, Business Editor of the Singapore Monitor and Deputy Business Editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. He has written five investment books and specialises in explaining stock market issues in terms that ordinary people with no investment experience can understand.

David Hutchings
Maritime Historian & Author
I Eng; MRINA
Coming from: Lee-on-The Solent,  Hampshire  UK
David hails from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, so ships and the sea have played a major part in his life. He turned his lifelong love of ships into a career, both as a maritime author and in shipbuilding. David's shipyard career was spent in Southampton and Portsmouth. He is a member of The World Ship Society and the Ocean Liner Society. He regularly lectures on cruiseships about maritime history and ocean liner history.

Terry Keefe
Sea Mysteries and Mystery Fiction
BA, MA,
Coming from: Sheffield,  South Yorkshire  UK
Professor Terry Keefe took early retirement after a successful career at Leicester and Lancaster universities, which saw him publish six books, as well as serving as Head of Modern Languages Departments and Dean of a Faculty of Arts. He has now expanded a long-standing interest in Mysteries and Mystery Novels, delivering an extensive series of lectures entitled ‘From the Detective Story to the Modern Thriller’, and has enjoyed giving cruise talks on this topic, as well as on Sea Mysteries, with particular reference to the Titanic disaster.

Ronnie Landau
Classical and Modern European History
BA (Hons) Classics, PGCE Classics, M.Phil (History & Education)
Coming from: London,    UK
Ronnie Landau is both a Classicist and modern European historian. A widely published author, his books are used extensively throughout the British and American university systems. His illuminating lectures on Graeco-Roman civilisation and the History of Israel are authoritative and thought-provoking, yet his style is relaxed, accessible and full of humour. He can also offer ‘enrichment’ sessions on a variety of topics, including The Seven Deadly Sins, on which he has written an amusing book.

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.

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.

Bruce Lenman
Maritime & Imperial History
MA, Mlitt, LittD
Coming from: Stirling,  Scotland  UK
Bruce is a traveller, author and researcher who specialises in the history of port cities of Spain and Portugal and the islands of the North Atlantic and Caribbean that were shaped by the seaborne empires of the Spaniards, Portuguese, Dutch, French and British. He has taught as a university professor in the U.S.A. in Virginia and Georgia, and is currently an emeritus professor in the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Bruce is an experienced lecturer at many different levels, having addressed general audiences from geographical societies to cruise ship passengers.

Robin Lloyd-Jones
Award Winning Author & Adventurer
Traveller, historian, later life researcher
Coming from: Helensburgh,  Scotland  UK
Robin spent part of his childhood in India in the last years of the British Raj. He studied social anthropology at Cambridge University, before moving to Scotland to start a career in teaching, eventually becoming the director of Scotland’s first curriculum development centre. He is an award-winning author of 11 published books, and for nearly half a century has climbed and walked in the Scottish mountains and paddled his sea kayak amongst the islands and lochs of Scotland’s amazing coastline.

Malcolm Macfarlane
Popular Music of the 20th Century
Coming from: Wilmslow,  Cheshire  UK
Malcolm Macfarlane is a noted Bing Crosby authority and an author whose published works are books about Bing Crosby, Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney. Malcolm seeks to entertain rather than lecture and he has an extensive series of presentations on the Sounds of the 50's & 60's including Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Vera Lynn, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to name a few.

Nigel Maclennan
Applied Psychology
Doctorate, Chartered Psychologist
Coming from: Luton,    UK
Dr Nigel MacLennan is an accomplished speaker, No 1 best-selling author and former Visiting Professor at The International University in Monaco where he was consistently ranked as the No 1 professor – by the students. He has created 57 publications on subjects all connected to human psychology and performance. Nigel has a Degree in Psychology, a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy, and, a Doctorate in Leadership Coaching. Nigel’s lectures are all interactive, engaging and fully illustrated with interesting and amusing images, some of which are cartoons.

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.

Michele Monro
Author & Biographer
Matt Monro's Daughter
Coming from: The Rock,  Telford  UK
Bestselling author, Michele Monro’s book ‘The Singer’s Singer: The Life and Music of Matt Monro’ is a touching biography of the man and much-loved performer who sang Born Free, From Russia With Love, Walk Away and Portrait of My Love. Having spent three years researching the subject thoroughly, this in-depth portrait on her father has already been re-printed five times since its release. Michele talks about the life and times of her father and the history of popular music.

Robin Oakley OBE
Political Editor, Author & Journalist
Former Political Editor for BBC & CNN
Coming from: Wallingford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Robin Oakley is a journalist and is the author of several books on politics and horse-racing. A contributor to the international broadcaster CNN on European affairs, he has been the Turf columnist of The Spectator magazine since 1995 and is a regular after-dinner speaker. He writes too for the Financial Times. Fascinated too throughout his life by the world of horse-racing, Robin is nowadays a well-known figure on Britain’s racetracks. Robin was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to political journalism.

John Penycate
History & Current Affairs
Historian, author & former Correspondent for Panorama
Coming from: London,    UK
John was for seventeen years an on-screen Correspondent for Panorama, The Money Programme and Newsnight, and worked in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots. He has given widely-praised lectures on his historical specialisms: Constantinople; the fall of the Romanovs; World War II issues; and the Vietnam War (as co-author of The Tunnels of Cu Chi) - plus current topics like demography and the media.

Hugh Purcell
Author, Historian & Documentary Film Maker
Chevalier d'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, FRSA,MA (Cantab)
Coming from: London,    UK
Hugh was a history programme maker with the BBC for many years, ending as Managing Editor of the TV Documentary Department and winning a BAFTA for a series on the American Civil War. Since then he has turned to writing; journalism for the New Statesman and History Today and biographical books, specialising in British India, modern British history, the Vikings and Scandinavia.

Sonia Purnell
Historical Biographies
Clementine Churchill and Virginia Hall
Coming from: London,    UK
Sonia Purnell is a journalist known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. She began her career at The Economist Intelligence Unit before going on to edit a weekly financial magazine at only 25 years old. She has since worked for a number of high-profile newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard. Sonia’s latest book, "FIRST LADY", explores the peculiar dynamics of the fascinating union between Clementine and Winston Churchill, a subject about which she delivers a number of talks.

Justin Reay
Art & Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
After officer training in the Royal Navy and a long career in business, Justin studied the History of Art at Oxford University. He is Lectures Secretary for the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford, and a tutor in art history. He is an advisor to museums and media companies, appearing in the PSB film ‘Anthem’. He is editor of Samuel Pepys’ papers at the Bodleian Library, has written about the Admiralty buildings in London and is editing a catalogue raisonné of maritime art. In his talks Justin introduces and interprets a rich variety of art and sheds new light on naval history.

Nicholas Reed
Classical & Art History
BA (Oxon), MA (Manc) MPhil (St.A.)
Coming from: Folkestone,  Kent  UK
Nicholas took his first degree at Oxford in Greats (Latin, Greek, Ancient History and Philosophy). He was President of Oxford University Archaeological Society in 1969. From 1970 to 1986 he had 15 articles published in learned journals on subjects in Roman History and Archaeology, including articles on the Romans in Germany and on the Greek Islands. In the 1980s he moved into the field of art history, on which he is the author of some six books, mainly on the French Impressionists. He has been a lecturer for NADFAS, the fine arts organisation, since 1991.

Mike Rendell
Social Historian & Author
Eighteenth Century Social History
Coming from: Ashburton,  Devon  UK
After a thirty-year stint as a lawyer Mike retired to become a historian. He writes, blogs and gives talks on all aspects of life in the 18th Century. He is custodian of a treasure trove of old family papers – everything from shopping lists to recipes and household accounts, dating back to the early 1700s. His talks cover such questions as what did the Georgians eat and drink, what did they do for entertainment, and why etiquette was so important. He talks about everyday life in the England of Dr Johnson – and of Jane Austen.

Jonathan Rice
Author on Popular Music, Sports & Japan
Coming from: Hythe,  Kent  UK
Jonathan Rice wears many hats. For most of the time he is a consultant and lecturer on cross-cultural business links with Asia, and a specialist on international marketing and management styles. He read Japanese at Cambridge University, and then lived and worked in Japan for a dozen years. He has written three books on Japan. He is also a sports writer, having written at least a dozen books on cricket, football, golf and sports history. Since 1990, he has been specialising in national and organisational culture. He talks on the subjects of Japan, Cricket and Popular Music.

Geoffrey Roberts
Soviet & Military Historian
PhD, MIlitary/Russian/Soviet/International History
Coming from: Kilbrittain,  Cork  Ireland
Professor Geoffrey Roberts is the award-winning author of Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov (2012) - winner of the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Award for Biography. An expert on Soviet and Military History, Geoffrey is Head of the School of History at University College Cork, Ireland. He has extensive experience as a public lecturer, media commentator and contributor to popular history magazines. He has many radio and TV appearances to his credit.
In his spare time Geoffrey plays and teaches Bridge.

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.

Robb Robinson
Maritime & British Historian & Author
PhD
Coming from: Cottingham,  East Yorkshire  UK
Robb is based at the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, part of the University of Hull. He is from a family which has been engaged in the business of seafaring for generations. He has contributed to a number of TV history programmes, is author of many articles and books and is Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History. Robb talks on a wide range of maritime history and british history topics.

Nicholas Rodger
Naval & Maritime Historian & Author
Professor of Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Nicholas is a naval historian, educated at Ampleforth College and University College, Oxford, after which he spent seventeen years as a Assistant Keeper in the Public Record Office. After several years Professor of Naval History in Exeter University, in 2008 he became a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He has appeared in many television productions and lectured to different audiences all over the world.

David Rohl
Ancient World History & Archaeology
Ancient Egypt, Biblical History, Aegean Bronze Age, Anatolian History
Coming from: La Vall de Laguar,  Alicante  Spain
David Rohl is recognised as the UK's highest profile Egyptologist and one of the world's best-known historians. Always controversial, he is not only a best-selling writer but also an explorer, TV Presenter and internationally renowned public lecturer. With degrees in Egyptology & Archaeology, David is a genuine scholar with a full list of academic credentials but, at the same time, is seen as a highly original thinker. His cruise talks are not only interesting but thought provoking.

Dick Rosano
Novelist and Wine Writer
Wine, Food, and Travel Writer
Coming from: Potomac,  Maryland  USA
Dick Rosano has been writing about wine, food, and travel for many years. His long-running columns have appeared in The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Country Inns, United Airlines Hemispheres magazine, and many other nationally distributed publications. In a writing career that has spanned three decades, he has been the featured commenter – in print and in person – on every region of the world. Dick has lectured on wine for the American Institute of Food and Wine, the National Italian-American Foundation, and at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, and at many conferences around the United States.

Julian Ruck
Author & Political Commentator
BA (Hons.) Law
Coming from: Kidwelly,  Carmarthenshire  UK
Julian trained as a lawyer in London and has been a law lecturer and manager of LSC contracts for CAB’x in some of the most deprived areas of the country. He is a columnist, Freedom of Information campaigner, Author and more recently, a weekly guest ‘Letter from Wales’ contributor to the influential Westminster Labour Uncut. He talks on current political and social issues.

Paul Sanders
Historian
PhD, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Coming from: Reims,    France
Doctor Paul Sanders is an Anglo-German historian and management scholar. He is an associate professor at Reims Management School, one of the top business schools in France, and a visiting professor at Lomonosov University in Moscow, Russia. His historical work specialises in WW2 topics and he has published extensively on occupied France and the Channel Islands. Paul can cover any topic on French, German and Central European history relating to the World Wars, international history, the Cold War, Russian and Soviet affairs, and leadership.

Graham Sclater
Creative Writing
Author & Screenwriter - Phoenix Art Centre
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
Graham studied at the Phoenix Arts Centre in Exeter, where he concentrated on creative writing for the screen and TV. His key interests are teleplays, and screenplays as well as developing and writing original drama series’ for TV including “Pebble on the beach” set on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, “The Other Side of the Tracks” and “Yesterday man” a psychological thriller. He appears regularly on the BBC and other radio stations around the UK and Europe on specialist music programmes. Graham frequently does book readings around the UK and this has now been extended to delivering Creative Writing Courses to guests on cruise ships.

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.

Bill Simpson OBE
Military/Aviation Historian, Author & Port Speaker
OBE
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Bill Simpson served in the Royal Air Force for 25 years. Responsible for air transport operations In Northern Ireland, he was awarded an MBE in 1979. He then commanded 2 RAF Stations, and received an OBE in 1988. Bill's acclaimed biography ‘The Prince: The Secret Story of the World’s Most Intriguing Royal' was published in 2006. As an enrichment speaker, Bill's employs his wide-ranging knowledge of military & aviation history whereas as a port speaker, he combines history and culture in his vividly illustrated port talks.

Paul Sloane
Author & Speaker on Lateral Thinking & Innovation
Conference & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: Camberley,  Surrey  UK
Paul is an entertaining and thought-provoking speaker and a recognized expert on innovation, lateral thinking and leadership. He is the author of over 20 books on lateral puzzles, creative problem-solving and lateral leadership. Paul took a first in Engineering at Cambridge. He joined IBM where he came top of Sales School. As a conference and after-dinner speaker he is renowned for the humour, challenge and stimulation of his talks on lateral thinking and innovation.

Kenneth Steven
Norwegian & Greenland Expert
The Sami and the Greenlandic Inuit, Arctic Norway
Coming from: Balvicar,  Argyll  UK
Kenneth Steven is first and foremost a creative writer. He's best known as a poet: 14 of his collections have been published over the years, and he's very much a novelist and children's author too. Since he's lived for several years in Norway he speaks Norwegian fluently and has translated a number of literary works. He has written and presented many programmes for BBC Radio: his feature on St Kilda won a Sony in 2006. He is passionate about the people of the Arctic, having spent a year in the far north of Norway alongside the Sami.

Ben Still
Physics & Science
MPhys PhD AMInstP PCHE
Coming from: London,    UK
Ben is a national multi-award-winning science communicator, scientist, and science writer. Not your average scientist; Ben uses clear visuals and everyday metaphors, allowing all audiences to appreciate the beauty of even the most abstract of sciences. Ben holds a masters degree in Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester and PhD in experimental particle physics from The University of Sheffield. Ben regularly talks at international conferences and professional institution as well as providing enrichment talks on cruises.

Sue Stockdale
Explorer & Adventurer
MBA Entrepreneurship, MSc Quality Management
Coming from: Swindon,  Wiltshire  UK
Sue Stockdale is a polar explorer and adventurer; author, and inspirational speaker who has undertaken more challenges to date than many people do in a lifetime. In 1996 she became the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, and has also participated in expeditions to Chile, Antarctica, Geographical North Pole and Greenland. In her richly inspirational presentations she combines her personal expertise as a polar explorer with her profound business knowledge, including areas like Change Management, Leadership, Motivation, Risk Management and Managing Diversity.

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.

Rina Tillinger
Anglo-American History
Serious with a Splash of Humour
Coming from: Mickle Trafford,  Chester  UK
From the Midwest US and the Northwest UK, Rina Tillinger speaks on Anglo-American history with a dash of culture-clash comedy. She is the female Bill Bryson! Rina wrote a weekly humour column called Yankee Doodles about amusing differences between America and Britain in The Chester Chronicle. An accomplished paper and fabric cutter, she also makes unique cards, coasters, pictures, earrings, mounts and scarves. Rina regularly gives talks to the Cheshire Women’s Institute, U3A, Rotary Club, Inner Wheel and Probus Club.

Christopher Ward
Journalist & Author
Titanic author, former Editor of The Daily Express & Media Commentator
Coming from: Scottish Borders,  Roxburghshire  UK
Christopher Ward’s distinguished career in Fleet Street spanned more than twenty years, including the editorship of the Daily Express where he broke the world exclusive on the notorious break-in at Buckingham Palace, “Intruder at the Queen’s Bedside”. He is the author of three books, the most recent, “And The Band Played On” being the untold story of what happened after the Titanic sank. His talks reflect his life as a journalist and the celebrities he has written about.

Malcolm Welshman
Veterinarian, Writer, Broadcaster & Lecturer
Coming from: Near Crewkerne,  Somerset  UK
Malcolm is a retired vet, freelance journalist and author. He has written three pet novels, the ebook version of the first reaching number two on Kindle’s bestseller list. He has contributed many animal-orientated features for national magazines and is a feature writer for the Daily Mail. He currently partakes in a weekly talk show for a local radio station and is a regular panellist on Radio Somerset. He is in demand for his witty take on life as a vet and as an onboard raconteur has completed 36 cruise speaking engagements.

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.

Flint Whitlock
Military Historian and Author
Coming from: Denver,  Colorado  USA
As an art major, Flint Whitlock graduated from the University of Illinois in 1964 with a degree in Advertising Design, but has always been as much a writer as an artist. His love for military history began at an early age—fueled by his father. Wanting to serve his country, Flint was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Commission Training Program and entered active duty in December 1964. He served some time in Germany and Vietnam before retiring in 1970. After his first book was published in 1992, he has written 11 more. He has guided WWII battlefield tours for the Smithsonian and National Geographic, as well as for other tour operators.

Caroline Wickham-Jones
Archaeologist
FSA, FSA Scot, MCIFA
Coming from: Kirkwall,  Orkney  UK
Caroline is a consultant archaeologist living in Orkney. In 2015 she retired from lecturing in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen. She is particularly interested in communities living in northern environments, from the Stone Age to the Viking Period. Her research has taken her to many remote communities from Arctic Norway to the Beagle Channel and Central Asia. Lecturing and communication is not just an important part of her work, it is something that she loves doing whether she is speaking to an academic audience or a local society.

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.