Cruise Ship Speakers

Royalty & Monarchy
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Jacques Arnold, D.L.
Former Parliamentarian & Royal Genealogist
BSc (Econ), LSE
Coming from: West Malling,  Kent  UK
Jacques is a former Member of Parliament, and during this period he travelled to exotic and sometimes dangerous locations in his role as a Parliamentary Observer of the introduction of democracy in a number of countries in both Latin America and Eastern Europe. Armed with large numbers of photographs of his many travels, and a keen interest in international events, he provides amusing, interesting and informative talks on his many and varied experiences and lifetime of interest in royal genealogy.

Peter Conradi
Historian & Biographer
Coming from: London,    UK
Peter is the foreign editor of The Sunday Times, author of several books and an occasional TV pundit. His main interests are twentieth century history, international relations and royalty, about which he has written widely. A graduate of Brasenose College, Oxford, and Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilian University, Peter began his journalistic career at Reuters, before moving to The European and then The Sunday Times. Peter is a veteran of the literary festival circuit and is an entertaining and informative speaker who tackles serious subjects with humour.

Simon Cousins
Crime Prevention & Royalty Protection
MVO, BA, Dip Crim
Coming from: Bookham,  Surrey  UK
Simon is a retired Detective Superintendent who served for 30 years with the Metropolitan Police in London. This was followed by a further 10 years with the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Simon was then selected for transfer to the Royalty Protection Department and for the next 15 years served as a protection officer with members of the Royal Family, in particular with Prince William, The Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret. He travelled to over 30 countries and has a wealth of experiences to recount. More recently Simon has been involved with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Sir David Durie
International Affairs & Geographical History
KCMG / Former Governor of Gibraltar / Scottish Heraldry
Coming from: Richmond,  Surrey  UK
Sir David Durie, who has had a distinguished career in the public service, was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, from 2000 to 2003. Between 1995 and 2000 he was Director General for Enterprise and Regions in the Department of Trade and Industry in London, and before that he was UK Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. David's talks include the history of Gibraltar and his experiences living there, the Ottoman Empire and the Mediteranean more generally, the workings of the European Union and Scottish heraldry.

David Kingrea
Destination Historian
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Marietta,  Georgia  USA
As an experienced ship destination lecturer and historian, Dave draws on a rich background including teaching, engineering, military service, corporate business and consulting. Dave weaves stories about history from his travel insights, research, experiences and knowledge. History is not just about dates and facts but about people, relationships and life stories. Dave tells their stories with a unique style blending travel experiences to over 130 countries, creative narratives, humor, and engaging trivia (he was even a four time champion on the TV program ”Jeopardy”).

Dr. John Kirkhope
Monarchy & Constitutional Law and Bizarre Cases
B.A.(Hons.), LL.B.(Hons.), P.G.Dip. Law, Dip.N.P., Ph.D.
Coming from: Weston-super-Mare,  Somerset  UK
Dr John Kirkhope's career has spanned the Royal Navy, Financial Services, Solicitor and Notary Public and University Research Fellow. History and Law, particularly the Constitutional Law of the United Kingdom fascinates John. He has given radio and TV interviews for the BBC, Radio New Zealand, Sky News and Russian TV. In addition to his more serious pursuits John has accumulated, an ever growing, list of the stranger and bizarre from the world of law. In addition to his legal interests John has studied Lawrence of Arabia and the Knights Templar.

Nicholas Merchant
Art Historian
NADFAS Lecturer on the Decorative and Fine Arts
Coming from: Harrogate,  North Yorkshire  UK
Nicholas’s career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques. He has worked for some of the major auction houses in London and in the provinces as well as running his own successful reference book business, devoted to the Decorative and Fine Arts, with which he exhibited in Europe and America. His particular interest is English 18th century furniture and country houses. However, his interests are broad and he likes to discuss the art and artefacts in their historical context.

Gary Miles
Destination Lecturer - British & European History
M.A. (Oxon); FCIPD;
Coming from: Carshalton,  Surrey  UK
Gary was born in London and brought up in Kent. His main loves in life are history and cricket. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern History and went on to follow a career in Human Resources. Gary is now a director of a leading UK Business School, Roffey Park Institute in Sussex. Gary loves to travel and cruise as much and as far as possible. Apart from destination presentations, he also delivers history lectures on Tudor and Stuart Monarchs and European History amongst others.

Penny Morgan
Social Historian
Coming from: Andover,  Hampshire  UK
An early retiree from teaching after 36 years, Penny has always had a love of History and investigating the relevance of the past to our lives today. She finds the lives of Monarchs, including both the misery and majesty, fascinating. Penny is an engaging and experienced speaker who is friendly and confident.

Colin Parrish
Royal Historian
Coming from: Virginia Water,  Surrey  UK
The study of British and European royal history has been Colin’s life-long passion. Having given up his day-job as a civil servant he has been able to devote more time to his second career of teaching royal history. He is also an approved speaker for the Workers Education Association (WEA) Southern Region. Colin specialises in 18th, 19th and early 20th century royal history but on request he has run courses on monarchs as early as the Anglo Saxon kings.

William Sterling
Cultural History
MA, PhD, Cert Ed
Coming from: Eltham,  London  UK
William took early retirement from the Civil Service in 2008 with a generous redundancy package. He was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School, Lee and Keele University. His BA in 1980 was in History and Geography. He specialised in Mediaeval History (Anglo-Saxons and Hundred Years War) winning the Wedgwood Prize for an essay on King Athelstan. He has a wide range of talks on Composers, Music of the Sea, Vikings & Anglo Saxons and Classical History.

Gillian Walnes Perry MBE
Social History & Destinations
Was CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years
Coming from: Southampton,  Hampshire  UK
Gillian was the CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years and is well known internationally for this. She retired from running the charity in 2016 and now lectures on the ‘Life and Inspiring Legacy of Anne Frank’, as well as other social history topics. Gillian has travelled extensively around the UK and internationally as a speaker and setting up educational projects and campaigns. She has met Presidents, Prime Ministers, royalty and people who actually knew Anne and have shared first hand recollections about her. She uses her engaging presentation skills to lecture on a range of popular social history topics, geared to the cruise destinations.

Dr Christopher Whelan
The European Union
Coming from: Woodstock,  Oxfordshire  UK
Dr Christopher Whelan is Associate Director of International Law Programmes at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law (since 2005, Spring Semester) in Virginia, USA. He is also a practising barrister, specialising in Employment Law, at 3PB in the Temple. His current research interests are in the fields of Lawyers’ Ethics and European Union Law, but he has over 70 publications on a wide variety of topics in international and comparative law. Dr Whelan is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.