The Board of Trustees

Anne Curry

Anne Curry

Clive Hallam Baker

Clive Hallam Baker

Howard Simmons

Howard Simmons

Anne Curry (Chair)

I joined the Trust in 2011, becoming a member of the Board soon afterwards. I was already involved as historical consultant in the Bosworth Battlefield project, funded by the HLF and run by the BT for Leicestershire County Council. I was co-author with the archaeologist Dr Glenn Foard of Bosworth 1485. A Battlefield Rediscovered (2013). My main research interest is the Hundred Years War and especially the armies which served in it. I co -directed projects to create on-line database of all soldiers serving the English crown between 1369 and 1453 (www.medievalsoldier.org), and to put the Gascon rolls on line (gasconrolls.org) and am now working on a project on The Peasants Revolt of 1381. I have worked closely with the Centre Historique Médiéval at Azincourt for many years, especially on the refurbishment of the museum in 2019. My publications include The Battle of Agincourt. Sources and Interpretations (2000, e-book 2015), Agincourt. A New History (2005), which is the first fully researched study of the battle, and Great Battles. Agincourt (OUP 2015) which looks at why this battle has been so famous and controversial across the centuries. I was President of the Historical Association from 2008 to 2011 and have served as a member of the English Heritage Battlefields Panel and as a Trustee of the Royal Armouries. I retired as Professor of Medieval History at the University of Southampton in September 2019, having also been Dean of Humanities for eight years. I am committed to public outreach and history education at all levels, and am passionate about communicating my research to as wide an audience as possible through my writing, talks and web projects.

 

Clive Hallam Baker

Many years ago, during an extended stay in the USA, I was able to visit many of the superbly preserved and presented sites of battle of the American Civil War. This experience left a lasting impression on me, but on my return to the UK, work, family, life intervened, and it was not until I retired from business that my interest in military history was rekindled.

I joined the Battlefields Trust in 2004 and became a member of the Board in 2013. As I live on the site of the Battle of Flodden this became an interest bordering on obsession. Work to promote Flodden as a heritage asset and tourist attraction stated in 2002 and during the years leading up to the 500th anniversary of the battle in 2013 visitor numbers increased from a few hundred per year to 47,000 in 2013. I make no claims to being an historian, rather my background was in building and engineering, with a secondary career in local politics during which I was elected to all levels of local government where I learned a great deal about the workings of committees and public bodies and organisations. My Flodden work included planning a battlefield trail, the design of interpretation boards, producing and directing a short film, writing a comprehensive battlefield guide, and devising the "World's Smallest Visitor Centre" in a disused red phone box. Using this previous experience, I am now expanding my interests to other North East and Border battlefields including Carham, Homildon Hill, Ancrum and Otterburn.

Howard Simmons

I joined the Battlefields Trust when it was originally set up and became a Board Member in 2012. I have worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors and helped to set up and run a variety of charitable and campaigning groups. Having originally worked in adult education I became a Chief Officer in 5 Local Authorities responsible for Cultural Services (Libraries, Museums, Galleries, Tourism, Sports and Parks) and Regeneration before becoming Deputy Chief Executive of a London Borough and most recently moving on to the national Audit Commission and then Boundary Commission. I am passionate about History and in a personal capacity am an accredited Heritage Guide leading walks and talks. I am also very interested in military history and archaeology and a member of the Arms and Armour Society, Lance and Longbow Society, Pike and Shot Society, Society of Friends of the National Army Museum and the International Company of Military Historians.

Emily Sewell

Emily Sewell

Phil Steele

Phil Steele

Russell Walters

Russell Walters

Emily Sewell

I joined the Trust in about 2010 and became a Board member in 2015. I have been the Head of Events at English Heritage for the last ten years and have worked within EH for 18 years.  I have overall responsibility for the organisation's national events programme, which extends to some 600 public events and 150 member events that take place across the country. This included the History Live event at Kelmarsh Hall, which I ran for ten years,  and currently includes the annual re-enactment at Battle Abbey. One of my most satisfying achievements of recent times was the Battle of Hastings 950 anniversary activity that we staged in 2016, which included a tribute to Harold’s journey from York to Battle Abbey, which was undertaken by about six mounted Saxons over a period of about 3 weeks. It was very moving to see the reaction that the riders got in villages and towns that they passed through and the huge amount of support and interest that the project generated.  Whilst not a battlefields expert, I am passionate about engaging people with our history and providing authentic, high quality experiences that are entertaining and accessible.

 

Phil Steele

I am a Trustee of the Naseby Battlefield Project and Vice Chair of the Northampton Battlefields Society.

 

Russell Walters (Acting Treasurer)

I joined the Trust in 2013, becoming a member of the Board immediately. Previously, I had been the main contact for the Trust at English Heritage and had driven the development of the Battlefields at Risk initiative. This in turn led to the Development Officer post being created at the Trust. Whilst not a Battlefields expert, I bring a great interest in the heritage and the different types of site that make such a difference to the landscape and history of Britain, as well as a knowledge of the wider heritage sector and grant making bodies. I am Chief Executive of a charity, a trustee of other charities and a Chartered Accountant, bringing charity management and governance experience to the Board.

 

Jon Day

Sir Jon Day

Louise Whittaker

Louise Whittaker

Sophie Anderton

Sophie Anderton

Sir Jon Day

Until I retired in 2016, I was a career civil servant in the MOD, Cabinet Office and NATO. My final post was as Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee. I have worked with a range of military and defence-related charities and now work with Southampton and Exeter Universities on contemporary security issues.  I have a long-standing interest in military history and battlefields, especially the British Civil Wars. My study of Gloucester and Newbury 1643 was published in 2007 and I am now writing on Michael Jones, Cromwell's predecessor in command of English troops in Ireland.


 

Louise Whittaker

A Battlefields Trust Member for four years to date, I was Yorkshire Region Chair for three of these, a role that involved revitalising the region through planning and providing Trust events as well as meeting and supporting local people and historical societies.This built on my many years customer facing experience as a civil servant. I am also a member of the Trust Events Team which staffs stands and engages with the public at re-enactments and other historical events. A history graduate, I have always retained my love of the subject, and my belief in protecting, promoting and enjoying British battlefields as a valuable resource in connecting with our past.

 

Sophie Anderton

I joined the Trust in 2017 and became a Board member at the same time. As a curator at the National Army Museum, I work with a varied military collection representing the material culture of the British Army from its creation to the modern day, and am passionate about history and archaeology. While not a battlefields expert, I have a keen interest in battlefield archaeology and the presentation and interpretation of battlefields or sites of conflict. In 2012-2014 I was involved in a project to reinterpret such a site from the Second World War in Rome, and my undergraduate dissertation led to the Universities at War project between the universities of Newcastle and Durham. As well as working in a museum I love to spend my free time visiting them and other heritage sites, and have a good knowledge of the sector.

 

Julian Humphrys

Julian Humphrys

Chris May

Chris May

Phil Philo

Phil Philo

Julian Humphrys

After reading History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and completing a postgraduate course at the Polytechnic of North London, I spent 12 years at Chelsea's National Army Museum, setting up special exhibitions, liaising with the British Army, and acting as spokesman to the media on all matters of military history. I'm a qualified blue-badge guide and in 2002 I left the museum to set up and lead English Heritage's Battlefield hikes and tours programme. I now lead a wide range of historical tours both in the UK and overseas. In 2009 I joined the Battlefields Trust as Development Officer and over the years I have helped established the Trust's national coverage, served as editor of the Trust magazine, and developed the Trust's online presence. I lecture, write and broadcast on many aspects of British history - I'm a regular contributor to BBC History Magazine and History Revealed Magazine and my published books include The Private Life of Palaces (for Historic Royal Palaces), Clash of Arms: Twelve English Battles, and Enemies at the Gate: English Castles under Siege (both for English Heritage).

Chris May

I joined the Trust in 2011 and very quickly became an active member in the south-east region. I was a member of the project team of the Trust's First Blitz project to commemorate the Zeppelin and Gotha bombing raids on Britain during the First World War. I was also involved in elements of the Magna Carta 800 project. I have assisted at, and helped to organise, various events across the region and also nationally, helping to promote the Trust to the wider public. Becoming a member of the Trust has allowed me to rekindle my interest in military history, which had lain dormant during my working career. Since 2015 I have co-edited - with Harvey Watson - Battlefield magazine, during which time the number of pages in the magazine has doubled. Before joining the Trust I spent 30 years working in various roles in local government corporate finance, and I hope that my previous experience can be of value to the Trust.

Phil Philo

I'm a 'retired' senior museum curator who has worked in local/social history museums (Gunnersbury Park, London; Kirkleatham Old Hall, Redcar; and the Captain Cook Birthplace & Dorman, Middlesbrough). I've been a member of the Trust since 2017 and as Co-Chairman of the North East & Borders (South) region I have re-kindled my teenage fascination for the British Civil Wars. I am now particularly interested in the campaigns in the North. My recent work has concentrated on activity in the Tees Valley, as part of the River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership Project (2014-19) and with heritage lead partners Tees Archaeology in association with the Battlefields Trust. This project has looked, in particular, at the strategic importance of the River Tees in the mid-17th century and has involved community exhibitions, talks, guided walks, the publication of a booklet, day schools and some fieldwork, particularly on the sites of Piercebridge, Guisborough and Yarm. I give talks on the Civil War, aspects of local history and Captain James Cook and live in Redcar.

 
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