Cruise Ship Speakers

Law & The Courts
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Kelvin Edward (Ted) Bourn
Navigation & Maritime Law
BSc MBA
Coming from: Nr Margate,  Kent  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.

Tony Clark
Courts & the Law
Coming from: Chichester,  West Sussex  UK
Tony is an experienced magistrate sitting in the magistrates' courts in West Sussex. He sits in both the adult criminal court and is a judge in the family court. He has also been involved with the 'Magistrates in the Community' scheme for many years which involves teaching and lecturing on all aspects of the justice system to the general public. Tony offers a series of lectures about the work of the magistrates' courts and about the criminal justice system in England and Wales. The programme will include interactive mock trials where the audience can have a go at partaking in or just watching a trial and decide on innocence or guilt.

Clive Coleman
Comedy Writer & Broadcaster
Coming from: Palmers Green,  London  UK
Clive is the BBC’s Legal Correspondent, a role he arrived at via a career as a barrister, Principal Lecturer in Law, and then one of the country’s leading comedy writers. In 1992, he won the prestigious BBC Radio Light Entertainment Contract Writers Award. In 1998 he won the BBC’s inaugural ‘Frank Muir Award’, for outstanding comedy writing. Clive has delivered keynote speeches on a broad range of domestic and international legal stories and issues. His his combination of analytical, broadcasting and writing skills enables him to deliver talks that are sharp, intelligent and witty.

Alan Cutler
Victorian Murder Trial Entertainer
Coming from: Coventry,  West Midlands  UK
‘JUDGE, JURY, JUDGEMENT …….. JUSTICE?’
Involvement is the key to audience appreciation – and everyone loves a meaty murder mystery! Hence, Alan Cutler, writer, trainer and professional speaker, has designed a series of presentations in which he plays the part of the judge and prosecution and defence counsels in a real-life Victorian murder trial, and where the cruise passengers are the jury – deciding the fate of the accused. Did their verdict accord with the jury of 100 years ago, or did they send an innocent person to the gallows? Was justice served?

Jeremy Dein QC
Criminal Barrister, Queen's Counsel
Coming from: London,  NW11 6BJ  UK
Since 1983, Jeremy Dein QC has been defending in the UK Criminal Courts. He has appeared in every type of criminal case imaginable, having regularly appeared in high profile cases and countless murder trials. Jeremy has represented accused from all walks of life, and from every corner of the world. He sits as a judge at the Old Bailey. In 2018 he starred in BBC1’s highly acclaimed 10 part, death penalty documentary series “Murder, mystery and my family”. He regularly features on national radio and lectures and speaks worldwide on fair trial, human rights and criminal justice.

Lady Angela Harris
Baroness Harris of Richmond
Liberal Democrat
Coming from: Richmond,  North Yorkshire  UK
Lady Angela Harris was born in Lancashire, attended Canon Slade Grammar School in Bolton, and Ealing Hotel and Catering College. Between 1994 to 2001 she served as Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority. In 1999 she was created a Liberal Democrat Life Peer taking the title Baroness Harris of Richmond. A former Whip for her Party she was also spokesperson on Policing and Northern Ireland before the formation of the coalition government. She is currently a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords.

Herbert Kerrigan QC
Criminology & Law
Queen's Counsel; Barrister, Middle Temple
Coming from: Dalkeith,  Midlothian  UK
Professor Herbert Kerrigan is a leading Queens Counsel in Scotland who also practices at the English Bar in the Chambers of the Lord Carlile, QC. He has taught at the University of Edinburgh where he was lecturer in criminal law and criminology. Herbert holds degrees in Arts Law and Divinity and is also qualified in the Church of Scotland where he has been Convener of Military Chaplains.

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.

Peter J Lawson
Criminal Lawyer
Notary Public
Coming from: Little Poulton,  Lancashire  UK
Peter has practised as a Notary Public for over 40 years and combined that with a career as a Criminal Lawyer until his recent retirement. He has defended many murderers and rapists but never prosecuted anyone. He now writes on various legal topics including the History of Notaries. He has travelled extensively for the Notaries as their Worldwide Ambassador. Peter talks about some notable legal cases, Wills and some famous Court judgements..

William Rickett
Forensics, Famous Trials, WWII and Destinations
Coming from: Wooster,  Wayne County, Ohio  USA
Bill Rickett is a retired judge, former law professor and criminal trial attorney. Forensic evidence was always an important component of his practice, teaching and judicial duties. Hundreds of his former students practice throughout the country as prosecutors and defense attrorneys. Rickett earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor cum laude from The University of Akron. He retired from the bench in 2012. That same year, he was appointed to but declined a seat on the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.

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.

Dr Christopher Whelan
The European Union
LL.B, Ph.D, FRSA
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.