Cruise Ship Speakers

Royalty & Monarchy
  Click on photo for full profile and contact details.

Colin Alderson
Former Pastry Chef to the Royal Household
Coming from: Harrogate,  Yorkshire  UK
Colin was raised on a remote farm in the James Herriot countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and then qualified as a chef in coast town of Scarborough. His first appointment was at Castle Bolton, before being engaged by the Royal Household as a cook, where he rapidly progressed to become the pastry chef. Colin talks about his work in the kitchens, catering for state banquets, diplomatic receptions and garden parties during his time spent at the Royal Households of Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Holyrood, Sandringham, Balmoral and the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Charles Anson
Diplomacy & International Affairs
Coming from: Alfriston,  East Sussex  UK
Charles is a Communications consultant who has held senior positions over the past 20 years as an official spokesman in both the public and private sectors. At Buckingham Palace he was Press Secretary to The Queen from 1990-97, coordinating media relations for the Royal Family at an exceptionally difficult and busy time. As a member of the British Diplomatic Service from 1966-87, Charles Anson worked at 10 Downing Street as a spokesman for two Prime Ministers, James Callaghan and then Margaret Thatcher.

Jacques Arnold, D.L.
Former Parliamentarian & Royal Genealogist
BSc (Econ), LSE
Coming from: West Malling,  Kent  UK
Jacques is a former Member of Parliament, and during this period he travelled to exotic and sometimes dangerous locations in his role as a Parliamentary Observer of the introduction of democracy in a number of countries in both Latin America and Eastern Europe. Armed with large numbers of photographs of his many travels, and a keen interest in international events, he provides amusing, interesting and informative talks on his many and varied experiences and lifetime of interest in royal genealogy.

Charles Burnett
Historian & Heraldry Expert
DA, Mlitt, FHSS, FSAScot
Coming from: Portsoy,  Banffshire  UK
After graduating from a Scottish Art School Charles was employed in London at the Central Office of Information where he was a member of the design and management team for the British Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada. In 1983 Charles was appointed one of the Queen’s Heralds in Scotland, an honorary position which involves ceremonial duties, giving advice, and lecturing on heraldry and related subjects. As a result he has travelled extensively and delivered many lectures on Heraldry, Scottish and European History.

Siobhan Clarke
Royal Historian
Coming from: Worcester Park,  Surrey  UK
Siobhan has a BA in Modern History and an Adult Education teaching certificate. She works as a professional historian, guide and lecturer and has appeared on PBS television and Radio 4 'Women's Hour'. She has worked for Historic Royal Palaces for 14 years and is based at Hampton Court Palace, where she trained as a Costumed Interpreter before becoming an HRP Guide Lecturer. She delivers lectures on royal palaces such as Hampton Court , the Tower of London and the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace, and on royal themes such as 'Royal Babies' and 'Royal Christmas'.

Gary Conniff
British Royal Family Heritage & Maritime Historian
Former Royal Yachtsman & Yeoman to the Admiralty
Coming from: Fareham,  Hampshire  UK
A former RN Warrant Officer First Class with 34 year's service, Gary has enjoyed a long and varied career. He joined the Royal Navy in 1973, served in the destroyers HMS Glamorgan and HMS Glasgow, where he was selected for service in the Royal Yacht Britannia. This prestigious and prominent posting saw him deploy on many Royal Tours, which took him around the world and included the honeymoon cruise of the Prince and Princess of Wales. An accomplished public speaker, with over 25 years experience in lecturing, Gary has built up an excellent reputation for delivering well illustrated, informative and interesting lectures.

Peter Conradi
Historian & Biographer
Coming from: London,    UK
Peter is the foreign editor of The Sunday Times, author of several books and an occasional TV pundit. His main interests are twentieth century history, international relations and royalty, about which he has written widely. A graduate of Brasenose College, Oxford, and Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilian University, Peter began his journalistic career at Reuters, before moving to The European and then The Sunday Times. Peter is a veteran of the literary festival circuit and is an entertaining and informative speaker who tackles serious subjects with humour.

Simon Cousins
Crime Prevention & Royalty Protection
MVO, BA, Dip Crim
Coming from: Bookham,  Surrey  UK
Simon is a retired Detective Superintendent who served for 30 years with the Metropolitan Police in London. This was followed by a further 10 years with the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Simon was then selected for transfer to the Royalty Protection Department and for the next 15 years served as a protection officer with members of the Royal Family, in particular with Prince William, The Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret. He travelled to over 30 countries and has a wealth of experiences to recount. More recently Simon has been involved with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Alan Dingsdale
Historical Geographer
History, Britain, Europe, World 1500-1800
Coming from: Newark,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Alan was educated at Hayward Grammar School and the University of Durham and took his doctorate at Leeds University. He taught at Nottingham Trent University specialising in the historical geography of Europe and the geography of Central and Eastern Europe. His naturally friendly and enthusiastic manner has captured the interest of all kinds of audiences with his series of talks on "This Scene of Man" and "The Age of Monarchy".

Sir David Durie
International Affairs & Geographical History
KCMG / Former Governor of Gibraltar / Scottish Heraldry
Coming from: Richmond,  Surrey  UK
Sir David Durie, who has had a distinguished career in the public service, was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, from 2000 to 2003. Between 1995 and 2000 he was Director General for Enterprise and Regions in the Department of Trade and Industry in London, and before that he was UK Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. David's talks include the history of Gibraltar and his experiences living there, the Ottoman Empire and the Mediteranean more generally, the workings of the European Union and Scottish heraldry.

James Fraser
Photojournalist & Enrichment Speaker
National Newspaper Photographer, Daily Telegraph/Sunday Times
Coming from: Mold,  Flintshire  UK
After a 30 year career in newspapers, James has vast experience of events, people and places to share with Cruise Line passengers, from the highs and lows of the Royal family, political campaigns of all hues, to the birth and rise of celebrity culture and experience of trouble spots including Northern Ireland and the Afghanistan conflict. Covering major elections since 1979 has given Jim a fascinating insight into the political world, photographing many prime ministers. Jim shows a huge range of images to give life to these stories.

David Greenway OBE
Aviation, Royalty and Recent Conflicts
Retired RAF Pilot
Coming from: Andover,  Hampshire  UK
Group Captain David Greenway served 37 years in the RAF. He flew large, multi-crewed aircraft and, amongst many postings, he served in Malta, Cyprus, Germany and Belgium. He gives two very popular talks about his experiences when he flew with the Royal Family, spending much of his time with the Princess of Wales. He also speaks on such varied aviation subjects as The Air War in the Falklands, Pearl Harbor, the Fall of Singapore, the Relief of Malta, the Hunt for the Tirpitz, The End of Airships, The Cold War, the American Space Programme and Military Humour.

Graham Jones
Military Music on State Occassions
Coming from: Worcester Park,  Surrey  UK
Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones started his military career as a musician in the Royal Artillery Band where he studied the harp under the world-renowned harpist Maria Kachinska. Since 1981 he has had a distinguished career as Bandmaster at the Royal Military School of Music, Director of Music for The Lowland Band of the Scottish Division and Officer Commanding at the Army Music Headquarters. In 2007 he was appointed Senior Director of Music at the Household Division. Since his retirement in 2011 Graham has been as busy as ever conducting, adjudicating and giving talks about the major State Ceremonial events in the UK and how they are put together from a behind the scenes viewpoint.

Alan Kingshott MVO
Beefeater & Historian of HM Tower of London
Chief Yeoman Warder at Historic Royal Palaces
Coming from: Lancing,  West Sussex  UK
Alan was born in Sussex and joined the army at the age of 15. At 18 he became a tank gunner in the Royal Hussars. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Far East and Middle East and has travelled worldwide. After 25 years in the army he left and became a retail manager. In 1998 he was recruited to become a Yeoman Warder at Her Majesty’s Tower of London. After several promotions he took over the top role of the Chief Yeoman Warder in 2012. As a Beefeater, he conducts regular tours and presentations, and recently he and his wife have given presentations on cruise ships.

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.

Gary Miles
Destination Lecturer - British & European History
M.A. (Oxon); FCIPD;
Coming from: Carshalton,  Surrey  UK
Gary was born in London and brought up in Kent. His main loves in life are history and cricket. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern History and went on to follow a career in Human Resources. Gary is now a director of a leading UK Business School, Roffey Park Institute in Sussex. Gary loves to travel and cruise as much and as far as possible. Apart from destination presentations, he also delivers history lectures on Tudor and Stuart Monarchs and European History amongst others.

Penny Morgan
Social Historian
Coming from: Andover,  Hampshire  UK
An early retiree from teaching after 36 years, Penny has always had a love of History and investigating the relevance of the past to our lives today. She finds the lives of Monarchs, including both the misery and majesty, fascinating. Penny is an engaging and experienced speaker who is friendly and confident.

Colin Parrish
Royal Historian
Coming from: Virginia Water,  Surrey  UK
The study of British and European royal history has been Colin’s life-long passion. Having given up his day-job as a civil servant he has been able to devote more time to his second career of teaching royal history. He is also an approved speaker for the Workers Education Association (WEA) Southern Region. Colin specialises in 18th, 19th and early 20th century royal history but on request he has run courses on monarchs as early as the Anglo Saxon kings.

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.

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

Dr Christopher Whelan
The European Union
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.