Cruise Ship Speakers

Espionage, Intelligence & Spying
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Keith Appleyard
Military Intelligence & History
Current Affairs
Coming from: Sleaford,  Lincolnshire  UK
Keith is a consultant in education management and teaching skills, working both independently and employed by organisations such as Nottingham Trent University. In the 1960s and 70s Keith worked for 15 years as a RAF intelligence officer. This was in the hidden world of signals intelligence and it is this experience that forms the basis of his cruise ship lectures. Each talk focuses on a specific aspect of signals intelligence and each is illustrated by personal experience and analysis of historical events, as far as the Official Secrets Act will allow!

John Douglas Chapman
WW2 Historian & Bletchley Park Expert
Welcome Host Gold : Tourism Marketing
Coming from: Halesowen,  West Midlands  UK
Since 1992, John became a volunteer at Bletchley Park, the World War 2 home of the Code-Breakers, and founded the world famous Bletchley Park Post Office. John has been a Senior Tour Guide at Bletchley Park since 1998, entertaining thousands of visitors with anecdotes and revealing stories. As a member of the Guild of Battlefield Tour Guides, John assists the War Research Society with the Centenary Commemorative Tours in Belgium and France. His many lectures include WW2 Code-Breaking activities, Alan Turing, Winston Churchill, Women at War, Spies and Espionage and Ian Fleming.

Keith Muras
Diplomacy, Espionage, Politics & Crime
International Diplomacy, Politics, Espionage, and Crime
Coming from: Princes Risborough,  Buckinghamshire  UK
In a British Diplomatic Service career spanning 23 years Keith focused on the intelligence and security dimensions of international politics. Keith served in Central, South and East Africa, in the Former Soviet Union, and in the Caribbean. From South Africa at the heights of apartheid to Moscow in the depths of the ‘Cold War' and to combating drug trafficking and crime in the Caribbean, Keith’s talks are based around his unique personal experiences in the many parts of the world in which he lived and served.

Christopher West
History & Geography
Competitive Intelligence & Industrial Espionage
Coming from: Chipstead,  Surrey  UK
After graduating from the London School of Economics Chris had a career that spanned the oil industry, economic analysis market research and competitive intelligence. He founded and ran what became one of the largest providers of competitive intelligence in Europe. He has written and lectured extensively on marketing and competitive intelligence. As a consequence of his competitive intelligence activities, Chris became interested in industrial and commercial espionage, which is neither legal nor ethical. His talks deal with some fascinating international cases of espionage and theft.

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.

John Wilcock
Archaeology, History, Science & Computing
MA(Oxon), BSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, FBCS, CITP
Coming from: Stafford,  Staffordshire  UK
Dr John Wilcock read Physics at Oxford University then worked for 7 years as an Engineer in the computer industry (1st and 2nd generations), before entering academia in 1969. He was one of the first world practitioners in Computer Archaeology (the application of computers to archaeological research). Categories include Archaeology, Egyptology, History, Computing, Espionage, Codes & ciphers, Science, Geology and Music. See full profile for suggested list of stand-alone and destination-based topics.