Cruise Ship Speakers

Art & Cultural History
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Patricia Andrew
Art & Cultural History
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
Patricia has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in cultural services. After teaching English in Italy, she became a curator and manager of museums and galleries, responsible for collections and services ranging from art to archaeology, military history to geology. She holds degrees in English literature and art history, and has published widely. She now works freelance as a lecturer, writer and consultant, her specialisms being art and culture, social and garden history, from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

Ian Barclay
Art, Cartoons and General Interest & Entertainment
Coming from: Wirral,  Cheshire  UK
Ian is a native of the United Kingdom having been born in Manchester. He worked in industry for 20 years, finally as a Technical Manager in a international company. He moved into higher education in 1978 and in 1996 was appointed Professor. Ian is an award winning lecturer with over 30 years experience of delivering informative, humorous and entertaining lectures/talks on art Nouveau to professional, educational and social organisations.

Caroline Boggis-Rolfe
Cultural History
Coming from: Haywards Heath,  West Sussex  UK
Caroline took a BA Hons in Italian at London University, and a MA in French and the Theory of Literature. She followed this at UCL with a PhD on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century. For some years she lived abroad, in Berlin and Italy, and much of her career was spent teaching at school and university. She has been lecturing regularly since 2009 on cruise ships and for charity events, offering a variety of subjects ranging from the Romanovs and Russian and Scandinavian history, the Portuguese royal family and the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, to the events that shaped the Caribbean.

Armida Bordi
Destinations & Enrichment Lecturer
Coming from: Genoa,    Italy
Dr Armida Bordi, a former professor of literature and the history of civilisations, lives in Genoa, Italy. After gaining 2 degrees from Genoa University she was the recipient of several British Council grants to British universities and a three time Fulbright scholar to the US. She is now teaching lifelong learning programs offering adult learners courses combining history and art with foreign languages. As a long-time lecturer for many cruise lines, Armida has travelled extensively in different continents. She likes exploring new places and she can communicate in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Greek and Portuguese.

Tracey Cattana
Art Instructor & Lecturer
Bachelor Education, Diploma of Aboriginal Arts, Artist 30 Year’s
Coming from: Tamworth,  NSW  Australia
Tracey Cattana is an educator (Wollongong University, Australia) and an Artist with many exhibitions under her belt. She has spent many years travelling overseas visiting every art gallery imaginable big and small. Her favourite artists span from Australian Indigenous Art and Brett Whitely to the genius she has a soft spot for the once misunderstood and beautiful Vincent Van Gogh. Come with her as she shares the eclectic, sometimes sad and sometimes funny lives behind the artwork of much loved artists that will touch your heart not just for their amazing works but their creative minds and enviably interesting stories.

Theodora Clarke
Russian Art & 20th Century Modernism Historian
MA, Russian/Soviet art, European modernism, St Petersburg/Moscow
Coming from: Kensington,  London  UK
Theodora is an art historian, lecturer and critic specialising in Russian art and European modernism. She lectures widely on twentieth-century avant-garde painting and sculpture to audiences across the UK at museums, galleries, universities and associations. She obtained a First Class BA Honours degree in History of Art at Newcastle University and then studied for an MA in Russian Art at the Courtauld Institute in Art in London. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Bristol in England. Theodora is an accredited NADFAS lecturer.

Marie Conte-Helm
East Asian Studies and Art History
Coming from: Nr Hexham,  Northumberland  UK
Professor Conte-Helm holds higher degrees in the History of Art and in Asian Art. From 2000 to 2011 she served as Director General of the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the largest UK charity. She has published widely on the economic and cultural relationship between Japan and Britain. Marie, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has lecture titles including aspects of the Arts of Asia, Buddhism, Zen & Japanese Gardens.

Adrian Cooper
BSc (Hons), Phd
Coming from: Felixstowe,  Suffolk  UK
Dr Adrian Cooper worked as an Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Geography, Birkbeck College, London University from 1992 - 2013. His interests include Wildlife, Natural Environments and Oceanography, as well as Mythology, Cultural Geography and Historical Geography. Since 1992, Adrian has been a frequent broadcaster and contributor to the BBC World Service on a wide range of wildlife, environmental and conservation issues. In recognition of his work in promoting the public understanding of geography, Adrian was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1999.

Gerald Deslandes
Art History & Maritime History
Coming from: London,    UK
Gerald is a former curator, tour leader and lecturer. He has organised exhibitions by artists such as Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy and Damien Hirst and now leads cultural tours throughout the UK and to 10 European destinations. He has given talks on 5 cruises as well as to NADFAS groups in Spain, Australia and New Zealand. He has a particular interest in non-European art and offers lectures on maritime history and the history of exploration from the Age of Discovery to Shackleton and Scott.

Lawrence Dunn
Art Historian
Coming from: Felsted,  Essex  UK
Lawrence is an artist and retired art teacher who was born in Sunderland and was educated at St. Aiden's Grammar School. At the age of 16 he enrolled at the local Art College, and graduated in Fine Art four years later, also gaining a B.A. in History of Art in 1985. His first teaching post was in a secondary school in Sunderland, and he has taught for over 40 years in both the state and private sectors, being Head of Art and Design in three schools. Lawrence retired from adult teaching in 2005 but continues to teach painting and art history to both enthusiastic beginners and experienced amateurs.

Hugh Ellwood
Architectural Historian & Artist
Coming from: Lytham St. Annes,  Lancashire  UK
Hugh has devoted his life to architecture and the arts. He studied philosophy in Rome, followed by a degree in architecture at the university of Manchester. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. For 31 years he pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK, and then 21 years as a partner in a practice. An accomplished architectural artist, his subjects are mainly buildings, the landscape and the relationship between the two.

Lawrence Fairman
Art History & Geography
Coming from: Knutsford,  Cheshire  UK
Dr. Lawrence Fairman was born and bred in the far north of England. After retiring from a long period as a University lecturer he returned to industry where he gave talks and organized training courses in many countries around the world. This provided him the opportunity to travel widely and develop an interest in the art and culture of many cities popular on the cruise circuit. He has a portfolio of enrichment talks that cover most of the European cruise destinations all of which fully illustrate the history and artistic heritage of the areas visited.

Joe Harland
Historian & Art Historian
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Joe joined the RAF on leaving school and served 12 years during which time he was stationed in Malta and in Singapore, travelling widely in the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Middle and Far East. On leaving the RAF, Joe was employed on military aircraft projects for the MoD. He has always had an interest in History and the Arts and took every opportunity in his travels to visit galleries, museums and sites of historical interest. Joe has been a regular lecturer on cruise ships where his objective is always to be entertaining and informative rather that academic.

Brian Healey
Art Historian and Instructor & Destination Speaker
BA, Diploma in History of Art
Coming from: Blackburn,  Lancashire  UK
Brian Is a graduate in French and German from the University of Keele and also holds diplomas in History of Art from the University of Vienna, and Interior Design from Blackburn University College. Parallel to his career a senior languages teacher at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Blackburn, Brian has enjoyed much success as a professional artist since his early teens, having inherited the genes from his father. He has been working on cruise ships regularly since 2005, both as art tutor and Art Historian lecturer.

Caroline Holmes
Garden Historian
Coming from: Bury St Edmunds,  Suffolk  UK
Caroline Holmes is a garden historian of ancient, modern and contemporary places, people and plants who sifts humour from humus worldwide. She is also an international lecturer in the warmth and comfort of halls and houses as well as leading groups through inspiring sites and gardens. Not forgetting author, broadcaster and consultant designer … in all I delve into the myriad ways people and plants have historically shaped landscapes and what we can learn from them.

Chris Jones
Art Appreciation / Art History
Coming from: Haslington,  Cheshire  UK
Chris is an engaging speaker with a passion for Art and an eagerness to share his understanding with others. He has delivered his talks on Art History and Art Appreciation at Art workshops and on cruise ships. The aim of his talks is not only to provide some plain English explanations of the terminology used in the Art world, but also to help people to look at a painting rather than just see it. One small step in making Art Appreciation accessible to all.

Susan Kikoler
Cultural History
M.A.(Oxon) - Italian Culture & Jewish History
Coming from: Edgware,  Middlesex  UK
Since 2004 Susan has been Honorary Director of the British-Italian Society, the UK’s leading Anglo-Italian cultural association. She first fell in love with Italy as a teenager visiting Florence and after studying English Language and Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, Susan taught English for five years in Syracuse, Sicily, which remains her second home. She has lectured on Italian culture and history since 2005 both in the UK and abroad to a wide variety of audiences. She loves travelling to new places and meeting people.

Sandra Lello
Art Historian & Tutor
Coming from: Lyme Regis,  Dorset  UK
Sandra read English at Oxford and has lectured in English Literature at Hughes Hall, Cambridge, where she was a Fellow. She also studied drawing and painting in Cambridge and at the Bath College of Art. She has exhibited in London and the West of England. She relishes the play of light upon old buildings as well as the figures which, to her, give life to a painting. She has recently been President of NADFAS for west Dorset and enjoys both teaching art and lecturing on painting on cruises.

Tiiu Lukk
Journalist & Naturalist
Art, History, Natural History & Culture
Coming from: Santa Monica,  California  USA
Tiiu has served as an enrichment lecturer and a naturalist for more than 23 years. She has visited 119 countries throughout the world and has served on 8 different cruise lines, as well as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on both land and sea. Her career has encompassed work as a journalist, a foreign correspondent in southern Africa for ABC News and the Washington Star, as a documentary filmmaker, and an author. Tiiu’s beautifully illustrated presentations focus on the history, culture, art, architecture, and natural history of destinations, so that passengers step ashore with more understanding and knowledge of their cruise destinations.

Stella Grace Lyons
Art History
BA (hons) in History of Art, MA in History of Art
Coming from: Cardiff,  Wales  UK
Stella Grace Lyons is a freelance Art History lecturer and speaker accredited with The Arts Society (previously NADFAS). Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. Stella runs her own Art History courses and she also regularly lectures to large groups for various art societies, NADFAS, WEA, the National Trust and on cruise ships.

Caroline Malloy
Coming from: Chicago,  IL  USA
Dr. Caroline Malloy is a freelance educator and scholar based in Chicago, IL. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught Humanities and History at both Villanova University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Other academic ventures have included working on an archaeological dig in Italy and reviving the Latin language at an independent Academy in Philadelphia. Dr. Malloy has been invited to deliver lectures on Empires, Nationalisms, and Heritage Projects throughout the US and Europe to both professional and public audiences. She is a specialist in both the British Empire and Ancient Rome.

John Scott Martin
Marine Artist & Lecturer
Coming from: Henley-in-Arden,  Warwickshire  UK
Born in Nottinghamshire and trained at the Nottingham College of Art in the 60's, John wanted to study Fine Art, but was pressed into a graphics course. After a long career in graphics, art direction, printing and photography he returned to his first love painting some fifteen years ago. In the last ten years John has developed an additional source of inspiration, sea, sail and ships, and in particular, classic yachts. He uses collage, acrylic and pastel to communicate his own personal impressions of light, atmosphere, weather.

Sandra Millikin
Architectural & Art History
BA (Hons), Mphil (Art History)
Coming from: Uffington,  Oxon  UK
Sandra Millikin is an American who has lived in England for over 40 years. She was educated at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, USA and at the Courtauld Institute in London where she studied under the famous English architectural historian Sir John Summerson. She was assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings collection, where she contributed to the catalogue of the collection which is now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Sandra has given talks on architectural history world wide on cruise ships and particularly enjoys days at sea as she is also a keen bridge player. She has also acted as Bridge Director on cruises.

Paul Nutley
Art & Cultural Historian
BA, MSc, PhD
Coming from: Wincanton,  Somerset  UK
Dr Nutley is an accomplished cruise lecturer, and brings a wide knowledge of global history to the cruise destination and regions in which he delivers his lectures. His approach is to focus on the specific ports of call and their history; their strategic significance for the wider world; the influences these locations are likely to have had on Britain and the lives of the passengers to whom he presents. Paul offers a range of talks on History and culture; Spies, espionage and intelligence; and Creative writing.

Cynthia Peer
Art Historian
Coming from: Arvada,  Colorado  USA
Cynthia Peer is an art historian passionate about discovering the history and stories behind the painted canvas. She graduated in 2007 and has travelled back and forth from the US to Europe for over 15 years studying, researching and writing about the great works of art by the Masters. Her studies at the The National Gallery in London, The Louvre in Paris and The Uffizi Gallery in Florence inspired her keen interest in the history and the artists behind the masterpieces we all have come to know and love. Cynthia presents the stories behind the great works of art in a way that engages her audiences, interacting with them and stimulates their imagination "striking a chord between professor and entertainer".

Helen Playford
Art History, Famous Artists & Cultural History
MA Arts Curtin University West Australia
Coming from: New Milton,  Hampshire  UK
Helen Playford's expertise is in Fine Arts, famous artists, art history, cultural history, understanding contemporary arts, art changing lives, etc. A leading portrait artist, landscape, still life, abstract painter, arts lecturer, workshop tutor and frequent cruise lecturer. Previous business interests including working in the Mining and Oil exploration. Helen's talks are created for Cruise Industry passengers. Short, interesting, amusing, and educational. The lectures provide A fascinating insight into the historical times and lives of the artists whose famous works contribute and change our perceptions.

Helen Pointer
Caricaturist & Artist
Coming from: Caterham,  Surrey  UK
As an artist Helen is quick to set her audience at ease and is marvellous at caricaturing. She provides an absorbing, effective and spontaneous style of presentation, using her art to exemplify her perceptive facilitation of group work. By pulling people out from the audience Helen guides you through personal impact and interpersonal skill areas whilst sketching humorous caricatures – it’s interactive, gripping and novel, and people come away understanding so much more about their choices. Helen’s starting points deals with the everyday issues that face us all.

Peter Quartermaine
Maritime & Cultural History and Destinations
BA (Hons), PhD
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
Peter is a Research Associate of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and a former Associate of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). He has published books on modern ship design and port architecture, and also on literature, fine art and photography. He has a Joint Honours Degree in English and Philosophy, and a PhD in Photography and the Visual Arts. Peter has a longstanding interest in ships and before retiring in 2002, was Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for American & Post-Colonial Arts at Exeter University.

Justin Reay
Art & Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
After officer training in the Royal Navy and a long career in business, Justin studied the History of Art at Oxford University. He is Lectures Secretary for the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford, and a tutor in art history. He is an advisor to museums and media companies, appearing in the PSB film ‘Anthem’. He is editor of Samuel Pepys’ papers at the Bodleian Library, has written about the Admiralty buildings in London and is editing a catalogue raisonné of maritime art. In his talks Justin introduces and interprets a rich variety of art and sheds new light on naval history.

Nicholas Reed
Classical & Art History
BA (Oxon), MA (Manc) MPhil (St.A.)
Coming from: Folkestone,  Kent  UK
Nicholas took his first degree at Oxford in Greats (Latin, Greek, Ancient History and Philosophy). He was President of Oxford University Archaeological Society in 1969. From 1970 to 1986 he had 15 articles published in learned journals on subjects in Roman History and Archaeology, including articles on the Romans in Germany and on the Greek Islands. In the 1980s he moved into the field of art history, on which he is the author of some six books, mainly on the French Impressionists. He has been a lecturer for NADFAS, the fine arts organisation, since 1991.

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.

Dave Roberts
Anthropologist & Historian
Central & South American History
Coming from: La Mesa,  California  USA
Dr. Dave Roberts holds a BA in anthropology/cognitive science from Southern Illinois University and a doctorate from United States International University. He worked in the field of applied anthropology for over 35 years, and his area of expertise included Central and South America. Since retirement in 2010, Dr. Roberts has worked as a docent, photographer, and curator at several museums in the San Diego area designing new exhibits, giving tours of the museum, and functioning as the museum’s event and curatorial photographer. He regularly speaks on cruise ship, on various topics including anthropology, and local and global historical events.

Dr. Emma Roberts
History of Art, Design and Architecture
Ph.D.; BA (Hons)
Coming from: Chester,  Cheshire  UK
Born and raised in Wales, UK, Emma Roberts earned a BA (Hons) and a PhD at the University of Liverpool, England. Emma now heads the BA (Hons) History of Art course at Liverpool John Moores University, U.K., and lectures daily to students on all aspects of art and design. She also speaks regularly to other organizations and was, for several years, a regular visiting lecturer to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Emma is a frequent cruiser in her spare time.

Daniel Snowman
Cultural Historian, Writer & Lecturer
Coming from: London,    UK
Daniel was born in London, educated at Cambridge and Cornell, and at 24 was a Lecturer at the University of Sussex. For many years, he worked at the BBC where he was responsible for a wide variety of radio series on cultural and historical topics. A long-time member of the London Philharmonic Choir, he has always had a strong and informed interest in music and musicians. Since 2002 he has led over 50 music tours for some of Britain's leading cultural tour companies to many of the world’s great cultural capitals. Daniel's on-board lectures will introduce the history and culture of the regions and cities visited.

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.

David Stockwell
Art Historian
B.A. hons (Fine Art) Dip Art Ed.
Coming from: Stalybridge,  Cheshire  UK
Following university David had a short career as a book designer before becoming an art teacher. With a degree in Fine Art and a diploma in Art Education he is essentially a practical art teacher with particular skills in the teaching of drawing and water colour sketching. Over many years he has developed a penchant for lecturing on art through selected themes (e.g. portraits, self portraits, landscape, the art of illustration, art and politics etc.) and has lectured to art societies and groups.

Olga Stone
Classical Historian & Concert Pianist
Russian History Expert
Coming from: Andreas,  Isle of Man  UK
Olga Eggert was born in the Crimea, now Russia. She attended the Crimean Musical College, and then the Conservatoire in Odessa and graduated with top marks in piano, piano accompaniment and the teaching of music. After leaving the Conservatoire she embarked on a career as a professional pianist and accompanist and has performed in various venues around the world. Olga talks on all aspects of classical music, on European history and European art. She illustrates her talks with extensive PowerPoint presentations and often includes extracts from literature, poetry and piano pieces, playing herself, to emphasize the atmosphere of a period.

Adrian Sumner
Art History
Diploma in Art & Design
Coming from: Northwich,  Cheshire  UK
A graduate of Liverpool College of Art, Adrian has worked as an illustrator, Arts Development Officer and Lecturer in various academic and public institutions. Currently, he is Arts Development Officer for Chester City Council, with a particular interest in the Visual Arts. An approved lecturer for NADFAS and the National Trust, Adrian has lectured on the History of Art on cruiseships for several years.

Neil Taylor
Travel Writer
Coming from: London,  -  UK
Neil studied the then communist world at university in the late 1960s. Since then he has worked in the travel business and had started to visit both parts of Germany from 1961, the year the Berlin Wall was built and also the time when Germany had largely recovered from WWII. He has visited Germany at least once a year since then, and often several times. His interests there stretch across the centuries from medieval painting through 19th century literature to the current political situation. Neil has led tours to China and Albania. He is the author of the Bradt Travel Guides to the Baltic Cities.

John Turkington
Art & Cultural Historian
Vikings / Art history and philosophy
Coming from: Blackburn,  Lancashire  UK
John is now retired but spent the whole of his working life in education, ending his career as a headteacher with an added role as an Information Technology adviser. He has a degree in philosophy, an MA in research and various teaching diplomas. John has a wide, eclectic mix of interests including theatre, music, and painting in watercolours combined with extensive reading. He has an extensive series of talks on Vikings as well as art history and philosophy.

Dr Barbara Udell
Health, Medicine & Wellbeing
Cultural Historian
Coming from: Miami,  Florida  USA
Dr. Barbara Udell is a renowned international speaker holding a Doctorate in Behavioral Health Education and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is a Cultural Historian who has lectured for 18 years on upscale cruise ships. “Dr. Barbara” is not only an enrichment speaker, but also an “Info-tainer,” and her humorous and entertaining style and infectious enthusiasm are always evident. With Executive Chefs she participates in cooking demonstrations to present healthy alternative cuisine. She “adds value” to cruising with enjoyment and excitement for all passengers, on stage, and socially.

William Whobrey
PhD Medieval and German Studies
Coming from: Monterey,  California  USA
With over 20 years experience in ocean and river cruise lecturing, Bill Whobrey has brought to cruise guests the same expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication that have served his students at Yale and Stanford universities. Having grown up in Germany, his early interest in history, language, and literature propelled him to a PhD in Medieval and German Studies from Stanford University. Bill spent 25 years teaching and lecturing on topics ranging from medieval epics, Icelandic sagas, Viking history, to medieval manuscripts and books. With his engaging speaking style, lively presentations, and insightful commentary, Bill has enriched the experience of many cruise guests over many years.

Peter Young
Rural Antiques Auctioneer
Coming from: Gringley on the Hill,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Peter has been a distinguished auctioneer for over 50 years, specialising in antiques and chattels for the majority of his illustrious career. Although his main passion now lies with antiques, Peter gained his early experience through farm and livestock auctioneering. Since retiring from the hectic world of auction sales, Peter retains a full diary having turned his talents to lecturing and after-dinner speaking and is now a regular guest speaker on cruises giving light hearted and fascinating insights into the world of antiques and auction sales.