Cruise Ship Speakers

Military History
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David Baker
Aerospace/Aviation/Military History & Espionage
PhD, IAA, FBIS, FRHhistS
Coming from: Brede, Nr. Rye,  East Sussex  UK
British born, Dr David Baker has had a lifelong involvement with the NASA space programme, helping send men to the Moon in the 1960's, working to develop the re-usable Shuttle in the 1970's, helping countries around the world use space applications in their everyday lives during the 1980's, advising on space policy during the 1990's and lecturer and historian in the new century. An award-winning author David has written more than 100 books, academic and popular, on many aspects of science, aviation, space, defence and astronomy and the development of the technologies and the politics that underpinned the Cold War.

Mark Baldwin
Military & Intelligence History
WW2 Intelligence & Cryptography, U-Boats, Channel Islands
Coming from: Kidderminster,    UK
Few people aren't fascinated by the shadowy world of espionage, undercover work, and secret messages. Mark Baldwin, one of the country's leading speakers on WW2 codebreaking, has made a particular study of the secret side of the war, and has developed a series of well-illustrated and authoritative talks ranging from special agents and their equipment to the breaking of Germany's secret Enigma codes at Bletchley Park. In addition to his work on cruise ships, Dr Baldwin has given over 500 presentations, and 200 one-man theatre shows.

Colonel Stephen M Bauer
Military Historian
Coming from: The Woodlands,  Texas  USA
Author and lecturer, Colonel Stephen M. Bauer served longer as a Military Social Aide than anyone in the history of the White House. Under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter, he was responsible for supervising the conduct of numerous social and ceremonial functions for the First Family. He later held a staff position under Presidents Reagan and Bush. Steve retired from the Army in 1993 after 28 years of service. His military career included a variety of assignments including Infantry combat tours in Vietnam and in Korea and a tour with the President's Honor Guard. Steve has lectured on his White House experiences for the past 29 years and has been a featured speaker on many World Cruises.

Ian Beckett
Modern and Military History
PhD, FR Hist S
Coming from: Penzance,  Cornwall  UK
Ian retired as Professor of Military History from the University of Kent (UK) in 2015. Previously Ian held chairs in both the UK and the US, including the Horner Chair in Military Theory at the US Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia as well as being Visiting Professor at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He was also on the academic staff of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst for 15 years. Ian has an international reputation for his work on the First World War and on the history of the British Army. On cruise ships, however, he speaks more widely on modern and contemporary history.

Sir Andrew Burns
World Affairs & International Diplomacy
KCMG Retired Ambassador
Coming from: Minehead,  Somerset  UK
Sir Andrew Burns is a retired British Diplomat with extensive experience of South and SE Asia and China/Hong Kong, Israel and the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, the US and Canada. His final post was as High Commissioner to Canada, having previously been Ambassador to Israel and Consul-General in Hong Kong and Macau. Sir Andrew lectures on historical, cultural and foreign policy subjects in a tailor-made way that illuminates the geographic region of each cruise and draws on his own experiences as a diplomat with an eye for the humorous.

Stephen Carr-Smith
Military History
Major General
Coming from: Nether Wallop,  Hampshire  UK
Major General Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During this time he served in Germany at the height of the Cold War and served in NATO after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR. His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels. Since 2007 Stephen has been a regular speaker on cruises with several different cruise lines. His particular interest is history, and his style is to present an historical event that is relevant to the geography of the particular cruise.

Jeff Chandler
Military Historian
C.Eng
Coming from: Swindon,  Wiltshire  UK
Jeff trained as a Mechanical Engineer and qualified as a Chartered Engineer. He initially served in the RAF and later spent 23 years teaching at the Defence Academy where he developed a passion for WW2 having met many senior military commanders. On retirement he became a Battlefield Tour Guide for two leading tour operators escorting groups to Normandy, Arnhem and the sites of the Dambuster Raid. Since retirement he regularly gives well informed and well balanced talks on WW2.

John Douglas Chapman
WW2 Historian & Bletchley Park Expert
Welcome Host Gold : Tourism Marketing
Coming from: Halesowen,  West Midlands  UK
Born in 1951, John studied in London, achieving qualifications in Sales, Surveying, Construction Management and Diplomas and Certificates in Management Studies. In his younger days, John was active in the Air Training Corps. In 1992, John became a volunteer at Bletchley Park shortly after the Trust was set up to ensure the preservation of the Park as a national monument. John speaks in an entertaining way on many subjects relating to Bletchley Park including the WW2 Code-Breaking activities, The Post Office, and the roles of Women at Bletchley Park during WW2.

Tony Coutts-Britton
Battlefield Guide & Historian
First & Second World Wars
Coming from: Westbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Anthony is an experienced battlefield guide and military history lecturer, specialising in the World Wars and the Napoleonic period. His other interest areas encompass the English Civil War, the Roman Army and Political and Social History of the United Kingdom. He served in the Army, commanding a battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and in senior staff posts. His lecture subjects continue to grow and he is regularly engaged as a dinner speaker and cruise ship lecturer on a wide variety of subjects. He is an elected Fellow of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ivar Hellberg OBE
Nordic & Viking Specialist
MPhil, FRGS, FRUSI
Coming from: Wembury,  Devon  UK
Ivar has Norwegian blood in his viens and has spent long periods of time in the country of his fathers, climbing and skiing as well as participating in winter deployment training when he was in the Royal Marines. He left the Armed Forces in 1998 after serving many years in operational service in South East Asia and the Middle East. Ivar was instrumental in setting up the Resilience Centre at Cranfield University where he lectures in Risk and Security Management, corporate security and military history.

Bart Howard
Military & Naval Historian
Colonel (Ret), Military and Naval History, 20th Century History
Coming from: APO,  AP  USA
Colonel (Retired) Bart Howard is a retired US Army officer, historian and expert on strategic leadership. He holds a Bachelor’s from Santa Clara University, a Master of Military Studies from American Military University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. He has lectured on leadership and history at the Institute for International Strategic Studies, Cornell University, Santa Clara University and the Air Force Academy. Bart's presentations bring to life the fascinating history of the region and allow his fellow passengers to better understand the strategic decisions of famous military and political leaders.

Allan Howlett
Military & Naval History
Coming from: Send,  Surrey  UK
Allan was trained and qualified as a Civil and Structural Engineer. His work took him overseas to Africa and the Middle East. His interests in Military History were influenced by several members of his familly who served in the army. He has travelled widely and his expertise includes The Anglo Zulu Wars, The Anglo Boer Wars, North African WWII campaign and "Military Blunders".

Robert Kershaw
Military Historian & Author
Coming from: Salisbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Born in 1950 and a graduate of Reading University, Robert Kershaw joined the Parachute Regiment in 1973. He served numerous regimental appointments until commanding the 10th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (10 PARA). He speaks fluent German and has extensive experience with NATO, multinational operations and all aspects of operations and training. When he left the Army in 2006 he became a full-time author of military history and battlefield tour guide, and lecturer.

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"ť 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.

Joseph Micallef
Age of Exploration, Military and Maritime History
Published Author, Fox News and CNN Commentator, Keynote Speaker
Coming from: Tualatin,  Oregon  USA
Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, best selling author, keynote speaker and commentator on military and international affairs. He has produced, directed or written dozens of documentary programs on military history and world politics as well as written a number of books. He has an M.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Joseph has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues, and also frequently speaks on the history of food, wine and spirits. He is fluent in Italian and English.

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.

David Nicholson
Imperial and British History 1880-1960
Coming from: Tiverton,  Devon  UK
Born in Cheshire, brought up in Lancashire, David studied Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford. Following a period as a civil servant and as Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, he worked in the Conservative Research Department, briefing Ministers under Heath and Thatcher. In 1987 David was elected as Conservative MP for Taunton. His career as MP ended with the landslide defeat of the Tories in 1997. Since then, until retiring in 2012, he worked as a public affairs consultant. His cruise talks cover the "Turning Points for the British Empire 1880-1940", and his impressions of the Conservative leaders he served: Heath, Thatcher and Major.

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.

James Power
Military History
World War 1
Coming from: Wimborne,  Dorset  UK
James pursued a long and varied career in the police service spanning all facets of policing, retiring as Superintendent in 1996. His love and experience of organising battlefield tours saw him establishing his own tour company (www.battlefield-tours.com) specialising in taking small groups on tours of the battlefields of France and Belgium. His military history talks take your cruise guests on a captivating journey using an imaginative combination of PowerPoint slides, embedded videos and personal recollections, presented through the eyes of those who were in the Front Line.

Commander Jeff Roberts
Enrichment & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Gosport,  Hampshire  UK
Jeff graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology and Geography from the University of Wales before being commisioned into the Royal Navy. He then gained added qualifications in Meteorology and Oceanography and during his career was promoted to Commander. Following his service he joined a Building Society as Head of Training and Development and then as as a Freelance Presenter and Consultant. Jeff is an experienced destination lecturer and he also has talks on global warming and military history.

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.

Philip Sanders CBE
Military & European Historian
Coming from: Taunton,  Somerset  UK
After training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Philip served 30 years in the British Army retiring in 1993 in the rank of brigadier. He commanded the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, the British Army of the Rhine’s reconnaissance forces, the tri-national Berlin Relief Force and was a director of operations at the British Joint Force Headquarters during the 1st Gulf War. He attended the Army Staff College as both a student and instructor and graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies. He was awarded the CBE in 1986. As a guest speaker he gives talks on military and modern European history.

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.

Park Sims
Science for the non-scientific
BSc, MSc, Assoc Prof, LtCol(Ret), PE(Ret), FBIM(Ret)
Coming from: Woodbridge,  Suffolk  UK
Park Sims is an American who has lived and worked in England for more than 30 years. A retired military officer, scientist, manager, and training consultant, he is a former Professor of both Physics and Technical Writing, a retired Lt Colonel of the US Air Force, Chartered Engineer, and Fellow of the British Institute of Management. Park speaks on the science of the world around us in a light-hearted and entertaining way (“Science for the Non-scientific”), using everyday language. He also speaks on the history of the US Air Force in England.

Peter Sweeney
Military Historian
Coming from: Lawson,  NSW  Australia
Lt Col Peter Sweeney RFD is a retired Australian Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry Corps), military historian, battlefield tour guide and noted speaker on Australian military history. He is currently studying a Master’s degree in Military History at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. Peter has made some one hundred and fifty presentations on significant Australian WWI & WWII battles to a variety of community groups in Australia and is a regular guest speaker on cruise ships.

Michael Taylor
European History
BA, MA, MSc
Coming from: Hartlepool,  Durham  UK
Michael Taylor is a successful full time private investor, having achieved triple digit compounded portfolio returns for each of the last three years. Currently he is seeking to analyse previously unseen primary material on the life of Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood. He has been invited to speak in front of investment clubs, and delivered the results of a commissioned research paper on populism and the socio-economic effects on the European Union to leading academics and industry experts. Michael expects to publish his book on investing with Harriman-House in Q4 2018.

Roy Taylor
Military Historian & Police Expert
Coming from: Middleton,    UK
Roy is a former Royal Air Force Officer who, in a twelve year career, became a specialist signals intelligence wireless operator. His highly skilled and fascinating work took him to several UK bases including Bletchley Park. Following marriage Roy decided to leave the service and he became a police officer quickly moving from foot patrol duties to the hectic world of Task Force policing. Roy has become highly popular as a guest speaker and talks on topics drawn from his RAF and Police careers and from his lifetimes interest and study of military history and famous leaders.

Glenmore Trenear-Harvey
The World of Intelligence
Coming from: .,  .  UK
Early in his career Glenmore Trenear-Harvey was a Royal Air Force pilot and station intelligence officer. This was his introduction to the world of intelligence and he went onto Signals Command Headquarters, RAF Medmenham, in the Air Ministry Book Production and Distribution Centre, (AMBPDC) supervising the handling and couriering of che runs the consultancy Intel Research, specialising in open source security and intelligence matters. As well regular appearances on radio and TV in the UK and abroad, you can also find him lecturing on intelligence matters to audiences around the world.

Stuart Usher
Military Historian & Norway Specialist
ex. Royal Air Force & UK Ministry of Defence
Coming from: Stonehaven,  Aberdeenshire  UK
Stuart enjoyed an early career abroad in the photographic branch of the Royal Air Force. During the 1970s he was involved in a number of significant underwater expeditions to Norway to recover a WW2 Halifax bomber and a Royal Navy midget submarine. Stuart’s talks cover these expeditions and also some of the lesser-known personalities and operations of World War 2 in Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and South East Asian theatres of the war.

Jonathan Walker
Military Historian & Author
Coming from: Sidmouth,  Devon  UK
Jonathan is a member of the British Commission for Military History and Honorary Research Fellow in War Studies at the University of Birmingham. A published author of six titles on 20th Century conflict, he is an experienced military history lecturer and has appeared in television and radio documentaries. He has also acted as historical consultant for BBC dramas and as a judge for the British Documentary Awards. He entertains cruise ship audiences with well-illustrated talks covering modern military and social history around the world.

Flint Whitlock
Military Historian and Author
Coming from: Denver,  Colorado  USA
Flint Whitlock graduated from the University of Illinois in 1964 with a degree in art, but has always been as much a writer as an artist. His love for military history began at an early age. Wanting to serve his country, Flint was commissioned a 2nd Lt. through ROTC and served in Germany and Vietnam before retiring in 1970. He has authored 13 books (mostly on WWII), lectured on Viking, and guided WWII battlefield tours for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and other tour operators.

Paul Whittle
Travel, Military History & Railways
Former Banker and TA Officer
Coming from: Woking,  Surrey  UK
Paul served 34 years as a Major in Royal Signals TA and his first book, the history of his regiment, was published in 2002. His interest in military affairs is wide-ranging. He is Vice Chairman, Darjeeling Railway Society and was a keynote speaker at India’s first conference on steam heritage tourism. He has visited over 50 countries and his travelogues often include unusual/exciting rail travel e.g. Siberia, Burma and are enjoyed for their mix of history, culture and people – imagine Michael Portillo but minus pastel jackets!

Professor Jon A. Wiant
World Affairs, Intelligence & Military History
SES (Ret.), Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies
Coming from: Falls Church,  Virginia  USA
Jon Wiant is an authority on the intelligence and international affairs. His career spanned the Cold War and the global national security challenges that followed. He served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and the NSC Director for Intelligence Policy as well as senior positions at CIA and Defense. In retirement, this recipient of the Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal has taught at Washington universities. Cruise passengers will be intrigued by his talks on intelligence and international affairs.

Arthur Williamson
World Historian
MA (Cantab), M.Phil., Ph.D.
Coming from: Cambridge,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Dr Arthur Williamson read history at Cambridge University. He served in an Army Intelligence section in Cyprus, Sudan and Eritrea and has also worked as a Government Cartographer and then as a Kenya Police Officer during the Mau Mau emergency. His historical projects include the Zulu-Boer wars, RAF Bomber Command losses, and WW2 in SE Asia. Arthur gives a series of talks with personal knowledge and experience of the Mau Mau in Kenya.

Brigadier Hugh Willing CBE
Military & Colonial History
Coming from: Staplecross,  East Sussex  UK
Hugh Willing was a professional soldier for 36 years before retiring in 2007. Born and brought up in Kenya but latterly educated in Britain, he spent his teenage years in Nigeria and Ghana. He joined the British Army in 1971 and served with the Royal Green Jackets and 2nd KEO Gurkha Rifles in many parts of the world. A Swahili, Arabic and Gurkhali speaker he has travelled widely in Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Arabia and the Far East both in a military and private capacity. As an experiended enrichment speaker, Hugh presents an extensive series of talks on military and colonial history.

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.