Cruise Ship Speakers

Extraordinary Lives
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Dickie Arbiter
The Monarchy & Royalty
Press Secretary / Commentator / Broadcaster
Coming from: Kensington,  London  UK
Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to HM The Queen, is a broadcaster and journalist with over 40 years experience covering royalty, heads of state, and other recognised personalities. Dickie began his TV and radio career in the 1960s in Southern Africa. After returning to the UK in the early 1970s, he began travelling extensively covering the British monarchy, his area of expertise. Having had unprecedented access to so many notable figures of our time, he now brings his personal insights into the public forum as a multi-media royal commentator and international lecturer.

Andrew Baker
Modern History, Politics & Extraordinary Lives
Author, consultant, lecturer and ex Grammar School Headmaster
Coming from: Thorpe Bay,  Essex  UK
Andrew is an engaging and entertaining speaker whose presentations have been praised for their warmth, humour, clarity and accessibility. He is a former Headmaster, an author, a consultant and a lecturer with a sharp eye for detail and anecdote. Andrew brings to life sensational episodes from the 60s and 70s; paints vivid and unforgettable portraits of those who have shaped today’s world, looks at the huge social changes in our lifetimes and explores current issues such as Brexit and Post Truth. Sit back, reflect, remember, laugh and see our own times more clearly.

Sarah Begum
Explorer/ Journalist/ Public Speaker/ TV Presenter/ Actress
Coming from: tba,  London  UK
A Fellow of the Royal Geographical, Sarah Begum is an Immersive Investigative Journalist, Anthropologist-Explorer and Public Speaker. Sarah has been exploring the world, studying tribes and different ways of life whilst investigating current affairs and making a humanitarian effort to help people along the way through her work. In 2010, Sarah travelled deep into the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest, where she lived with the Huaorani tribe and immersed in their way of life, hunting with warriors, gathering with women whilst investigating into the impacts of oil exploitation on their land. As a public speaker, Sarah aims to inspire people through global topics rooted in her work.

Kelvin Edward (Ted) Bourn
Navigation & Maritime Law
BSc MBA, Professional Royal Navy Navigator & Marine Biologist
Coming from: Waterlooville,  Hampshire  UK
A graduate Marine Biologist, Ted joined BRNC Dartmouth. Postings followed as the Navigator of ARETHUSA, Warfare Officer in ARDENT and then as a specialist Navigator during the Falklands Conflict in the Frigate ANDROMEDA. Navigator in the Australian Navy Tanker HMAS SUPPLY during a 2 year Exchange, interest then grew into the Real Reasons why the British colonised Australia. Command of HMS ANGLESEY followed, and then a posting raising the Navigation Procurement Requirements for all RN ships. Since retirement Ted is happy to talk on Australian History, Navigation & Maritime Law.

Ronald E Bowers
True Crime, Forensics, Hollywood, Celebrity, Mysteries
Coming from: San Dimas,  California  USA
For 43 years Mr. Ronald E. Bowers was a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. During his long career, he has been involved in some of the most sensational trials of the century. Based on this experience he has become one of the foremost experts on visual presentations in jury trials and has written several books on the subject. He has also authored numerous true crime books, has lectured on the Law & the Criminal Justice System throughout the world and has been an Enrichment Speaker on cruise lines for over 10 years.

Edward Butler
History, Genealogy, Law & Travel
Award winning author of history/genealogy/family history books
Coming from: San Antonio,  Bexar, Texas  USA
Judge Ed Butler was a Ford Foundation Scholar at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he graduated with honors. For many years he was a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by both the Texas and National Boards. He is a retired federal judge; retired Naval Intelligence Commander; & former law school professor. His honors include the DAR Medal of Honor, SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal, and he was selected to the Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame. He's listed in Who's Who in America & Who's Who in the World. He is a world traveler who has visited over 200 countries.

Pieter de Vries ACS
Cinematographer, Photographer & Documentary Expert
Coming from: Sydney,  New South Wales  Australia
Pieter de Vries is one of the leading documentary cinematographers in the world. As an ACS accredited Director of Photography, he has reached the very highest level of his craft. His films have won numerous awards, including several Emmys, and BAFTA’s. He has been awarded the Australian Cinematographer Society’s top accolade, Cinematographer of the Year. Based in Australia, he spends much of his time filming documentary programs for the BBC, NBC and ABC in Australia and National Geographic. On cruises Pieter will screen segments of his work and uncover some of the camera magic that is a part of his craft.

Dr Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE
Explorer
Coming from: Bodmin,  Cornwall  UK
Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE, is an explorer with a conscience. He has spent much of his life travelling in the world's rainforests and deserts and campaigning to protect both them and their people. One of the few remaining explorers who merits the name, he was recently named by the Spectator as the doyen of British explorers and, in 1982, by The Sunday Times as 'the greatest explorer in the last 20 years' and as one of the '1000 makers of the 20th century'. Robin's engaging presentation style ensures audiences leave feeling enchanted by his experiences yet educated about his life's work and how we can all do our bit.

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”).

Roger Mason
Personalities & Headline Events
Coming from: Leighton Buzzard,  Bedfordshire  UK
Roger is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has written 18 books, one on the subject of public speaking and the most recent, a fascinating review of the London to Birmingham railway journey. For many years a leading member of Toastmasters International, he has both won and judged many speech contests He lectures in an interesting and entertaining way, and brings the same approach to his accounts of famous personalities.

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.

Geoff Peters
Maritime Explorers and Adventurers
Coming from: Sunshine Coast,  Queensland  Australia
Edu-tainment is the best way to describe Geoff’s speaking style, providing educational, entertaining and authoritative presentations whilst also injecting humour and personal experiences documenting his time at sea. Recently retired, Geoff and his wife Leanne have purchased a boat in the UK, cruised across the English Channel and now spend much of each year cruising the rivers, canals, and coastlines of Europe, creating their own adventures.

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.

Dale Templar
TV Producer
Coming from: Bath, Avon,  Somerset  UK
Dale is a highly experienced senior producer who has worked in a wide range of factual genres. She has produced numerous international co-productions for UK, US and international broadcasters including the double BAFTA and Emmy award-winning, landmark series “Human Planet” (BBC1/Discovery). In 2011 she won the Royal Geographical Society Cherry Kearton Medal for Natural History Cinematography. Dale is much in demand as an after-dinner, corporate and motivational speaker where she is able to draw on an extraordinary career spent in Earth’s wild places to talk about human endeavour and endurance and the planet’s inspirational wonders.

Mike Thornewill
Explorer and Adveturer
Coming from: Thurgarton,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Mike Thornewill became famous together with Fiona his wife, when they caught the imagination of the world's press as the non privileged working couple from Nottingham, who raised £68,000 to fund their record-breaking expedition to realise a dream of becoming the first married couple to walk to both the South & North Poles. Now a polar guide, Mike’s made 31 expeditions; including five to the North Pole, five to the South Pole, and the first ever foot crossings of the Great Lakes of Northern Canada. Mike is also an Operation Raleigh veteran, active mountaineer and ironman triathlete, having raised £350,000 for charity.

Marshall Ulrich
Extraordinary Life
Adventurer, Mountaineer, Extreme Athlete
Coming from: Evergreen,  Colorado  USA
The author of Running on Empty, Marshall Ulrich is a versatile, world-class extreme endurance athlete: an ultrarunning icon, Seven Summits mountaineer, and competitive adventure racer. His prolific athletic career has earned him numerous wins, records, and firsts on some of the toughest courses in the world and taken him to the top of the highest mountains on every continent—all in his forties and fifties. Dubbed by Outside magazine as an Endurance King, he defies the ideas of “too far,” “too old,” and “not possible.” Revered among athletes, Marshall Ulrich is also an acclaimed speaker.

Don Wales
Land Speed Record Breaker & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: Addlestone,  Surrey  UK
Born in 1960, Don is the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and the nephew of Donald Campbell CBE the famous father and son World speed record breakers in their famous ‘Bluebird’ vehicles. He left school at the age of 17 to work in photography, which is where he still earns his main income specialising in advertising, fashion and lifestyle work. World record breaking is still in his blood and he has continued the family tradition! He started breaking records in 1998 with his first UK Land Speed Record for an Electric car in ‘Bluebird Electric’, and went on to break a further 7 UK records which he held for over 12 years.

Gillian Walnes Perry MBE
Social History & Destinations
Was CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years
Coming from: Beckenham,  Kent  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.

John Waters
World History
MSC International Politics
Coming from: Trinity,  Jersey  UK
John is a retired history teacher and lecturer from Jersey. He was educated at the universities of Exeter and UCW Aberystwyth where he received a Master’s degree in International Politics. John is an enthusiastic traveller and brings these experiences to his talks. In his talks he discusses the lives and achievements of controversial figures in history with special reference to their reputations, the good and the bad, their supporters and their critics. The talks are scattered with historical references, ironies and humour and he attempts to place their legacy in the world today.

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.

Isobel Petrie Williams
Author & Speaker
MD FRCP FRGS
Coming from: Essendon,  Hertfordshire  UK
During her medical training at St George’s Hospital, University of London, Isobel discovered that Edward Wilson, who died with Scott on the return from the South Pole in 1912, had qualified in the same hospital in 1900. His iconic paintings of Antarctica fired Isobel to research his life and the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. This interest continued throughout her busy medical career and on retirement, she published the biography of Edward Wilson. Isobel has made presentations on Antarctica and the Antarctic heroes for fifteen years to many different audiences including on cruise ships.