Cruise Ship Speakers

Genealogy & Family History
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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.

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.

Roy Devereux
Genealogist & Photographer
Coming from: Camberley,  Surrey  UK
Roy is a retired civil servant. He has an Honours degree in economics from the University of London and a qualification as a teacher. He has been studying genealogy and researching his own Family History for over ten years and for much of that time he has been lecturing and writing articles for Family History magazines. He is a well-known name in this field. Roy is also an award-winning photographer and illustrates his own articles. This has led to a popular series of on-board lectures which he calls “Photography for Holidaymakers”. Roy has been a Guest Speaker on cruise ships since 2007.

Ann Gawthorpe
Writer & Journalist
How to write your life story.
Coming from: Bristol,  Somerset  UK
Ann is enthusiastic about helping people write their life story. Based on her book ‘How to write your Life Story and get it Published’, she has helped hundreds of people to preserve their memories for future generations through talks, workshops and courses as well as book sales.

Louise Le Marquand
IT and Internet & Ancestry Research
Coming from: Burley-in-Wharfedale,  West Yorkshire  UK
Louise has worked in computing for over 40 years in a variety of roles, often working at the forefront of technology. She retired in 2009 after spending 17 years running a successful IT company. On retirement she wanted to help people to get to grips with computers and the internet by teaching adult education classes on the subject. Some years ago Louise also developed an interest in her family history and has been researching it ever since. She has traced her Jersey ancestors back as far as 1600!

Patricia and Ian Roberts
All at Sea with Computers
Computer IT Specialists
Coming from: Perth,  Scotland  UK
Pat was a business woman with her own printing company for many years before taking a teaching degree in Business Management and Computing. Ian was a Government Research Scientist for almost 40 years, specialising in the detection and identification of viruses, primarily of plants and insects. Together, with their love of travel, and Pat's IT education, they enjoy presenting lectures in all aspects of computing skills to passengers on cruise ships.

Bryher Scudamore
Journalist & Editorial Director
Autobiography writer
Coming from: London,    UK
Bryher started her career in newspapers and then joined the BBC working her way up to becoming Editor of "That's Life!" one of the BBC's most popular programmes. She came up with the idea of "Autodotbiography" when her beloved mother, Peggy, died. Going through Peggy's papers Bryher realised how much more there was to discover and desperately wished she had found out more during her mother's lifetime. After 12 years of working on the idea, Bryher launched "Autodotbiography" in 2011 which allows people to create their precious stories about their families.

Roy Short
Hollywood and Genealogy
Coming from: Brentwood,  California  USA
Roy Short is a retired Senior Manager of Deloitte Consulting who has spent the past thirty years studying and teaching genealogy. Upon retirement from corporate consulting he launched "Short On Time", a Professional Genealogy practice and has conducted seminars and workshops on a wide range of family search topics. Since then, his passion for motion pictures has prompted him to create a portfolio of "Tribute" modules which explore and explain different aspects of movie making, stars and genres. He now spends most of his time entertaining and educating cruise passengers in both Hollywood and Genealogy.