Councillors serve four year terms, renewable for a further four. They are trustees of the society and are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds, including academia, the navy and merchant navy, the museum sector and independent researchers.

Richard Bateman

Richard Bateman joined the Chamber of Shipping (UK) in 1969, later to become the General Council of British Shipping and following that, was Executive Secretary of the Geological Society from 1980-1997.

He graduated with an MA in Maritime History from Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich in 2002 and from then until 2017 was responsible for the administration of the Hakluyt Society, a registered charity established in 1846, to publish scholarly works in the field of voyages, travel and exploration.

He is a Council member the Society for Nautical Research, Chairman of its Heritage and Craft Committee and was elected a Fellow of the Society in 2015.  He is also a trustee of the Greenwich Forum; whose mission is to promote awareness of Britain’s dependence on the sea.

Apart from these latter voluntary activities, he has lectured for the British Commission for Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and Kings College, London and in a personal capacity at meetings of various maritime Societies. He is also a contributor to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History.

Stuart Bligh

Stuart has been Head of Research and Information at Royal Museums Greenwich since 2016 and was previously in charge of the Caird Library and Archive.  He is a qualified archivist and librarian who has spent almost 30 years working in archives including as County Archivist for Kent and in the London Boroughs of Croydon and Bexley. During that time he was involved in a number of regional and national initiatives for archives, primarily as a member of the Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government and also the Greater London Archives Network.  He has a particular interest in Kent’s rich maritime history, having been responsible for Kent’s archive collections for many years, and his MA looked at archival sources for Kent’s maritime history.  During his time at the Maritime Museum he has been involved in a number of digitisation projects aiming to make information more widely available online to researchers. These include the 1915 Merchant Navy Crew Lists Project, Royal Navy Lives at Sea 1914-18 (with the National Archives) and records of the Dreadnought Seaman’s Hospital at Greenwich 1820-1920.

Christopher John Brandon, RIBA, FSA, FNAS

Graduated in Architecture at Bristol University, where he also took his Diploma in Architecture in 1975.  He was initially involved in designing innovative low – energy projects, such as the award winning JEL HQ at Stockport, the UK’s first low- energy industrial building. He is currently Managing Principal of Perkins+ Will, the global multidisciplinary architecture and design firm. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (1988) and the Society of Antiquaries of London (2008). In 1991 he became a committee member of the Nautical Archaeology Society and elected Chairman in 1998. He was architect for the interior of the Mary Rose museum and from 2013 a Trustee Director of the Mary Rose Trust, and Chairman of the Mary Rose Archaeological Services. He has co-authored the book ‘Building for Eternity: The History and Technology of Roman Concrete Engineering in the Sea’ (2014), and published some 30 peer reviewed articles on maritime archaeology.

Paul Bugden

Paul Bugden is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts, whose professional experience is in the field of shipping, aviation and multi-modal transport.  He deals in energy disputes, trade banking, international arbitration, marine and non-marine insurance, with particular expertise in trial advocacy in large international arbitrations.  His book Freight Forwarding and Goods in Transit was published in 1999 and is now in its third edition.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Paul is a passionate small-craft sailor and has a keen interest in all things nautical.

Dr Ann Coats

Ann is Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, teaching heritage and the historic built environment, and consultant historian to Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust. She gained her doctorate at the University of Sussex for ‘The economy of the navy and Portsmouth: a discourse between the civilian naval administration of Portsmouth dockyard and the surrounding communities, 1650 to 1800’ (2000). Research focuses on the history and re-use of dockyards, mutiny and convicts, most recently project-managing and co-authoring 20th Century Naval Dockyards: Devonport and Portsmouth Characterisation Report (Historic England, 2015). She served on SNR’s Research and Programmes Committee 2005-9 and returned in 2016, before serving on Council. She co-founded and is chair of the Naval Dockyards Society and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Dr James Davey

James Davey is Lecturer in Naval and Maritime History at the University of Exeter. He holds degrees from King’s College London and the University of Oxford, and completed his PhD at the University of Greenwich in 2010. He was Curator of Naval History at the National Maritime Museum and has held honorary/visiting lectureships at University College London, the University of Leicester and the University of Greenwich. He is the author of The Transformation of British Naval Strategy: Seapower and Supply in Northern Europe 1808-1812 (2012) and In Nelson’s Wake: The Navy and the Napoleonic Wars (2015).  He has served on the Council of the Society for Nautical Research since 2011, and joined the Publications Committee in 2014.

Mr Nick Hewitt

Nick studied history at Lancaster University and War Studies at King’s College, University of London, specialising in naval history.

Nick joined the Imperial War Museum in 1995 and between 2003 and 2007 was permanent historian on board HMS Belfast. In 2010, he left to become Head of Collections at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower in Priddys Hard, Gosport. In the summer of 2013, Explosion became a branch of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and he joined the NMRN, where he has been Head of Exhibitions and Collections since July 2017.

Nick has been a regular contributor to television and radio, notably as a presenter for the BBC’s Coast and most recently as part of the presenting team for the BBC’s Jutland 1916: The Navy’s Bloodiest Day. His most recent book, Firing on Fortress Europe: HMS Belfast and D-Day, was published by the Imperial War Museum in 2016. Previous books include Coastal Convoys 1939-1945: The Indestructible Highway, and The Kaiser’s Pirates: Hunting Germany’s Raiding Cruisers 1914-15.

Fun fact – Nick once appeared on the BBC’s Countyfile, attempting (badly) to herd goats through the Priddy’s Hard ramparts and made an ill-advised pun  – “Goatel California” – which to his eternal shame made the final cut.

Dr Christopher Holt BA (Hons), PGCert, MSc, PhD, FRGS

Christopher is a senior lecturer in Geography at the University of Northampton, where his academic interests revolve around water resources and climate. He is responsible for delivering modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as supervising a number of PhD students.    His nautical interests are in the British Navy from the Seven Years War through to World War II, in particular engagements and fleet organisation.  His other interest relates to the provisioning of individual ships and fleets, particularly relating to the use of water on board ships.  He has also spent time on a cargo ship on the Indian Ocean run when very much younger.

Captain Peter King, FNI

Peter is a Master Mariner with over 62 years continuous service in the merchant shipping industry embracing a wide range of sub-disciplines, including that of surveying operations and working with organizations such as the RNLI and Trinity House.  His abiding passion is maritime historical research and among his published work is the definitive history of George Thompson’s Aberdeen Line.  He has lectured extensively on merchant maritime historical subjects and is a Fellow of the Nautical Institute, a Member of the Australian Association of Maritime History and a Liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners

 Dr Campbell McMurray

Born in Campbeltown, Argyll in June 1941, educated there and in Edinburgh, HCM took up an apprenticeship in marine heavy engineering and served as an engineer officer in the mercantile marine before entering the University of Leicester. in 1967. Graduate studies at LSE followed and in 1970 he was appointed the first Caird Research Fellow at the National Maritime Museum.   Subsequently Assistant Keeper in the Department of Printed Books and Manuscripts, with responsibilities principally for the merchant shipping collections and curator in charge of the Royal Brass Foundry, he left to become the founding director of the Scottish Maritime Museum in 1983 before becoming director of the Royal Naval Museum in 1989.  Retiring from the appointment in 2006, he has variously served as a member of the Advisory Committee National Historic Ships from its inception in that year till 2011 and more recently as a member of the board of the SSGB Trust, Bristol and is currently President of SNR(S).

Dr. Katherine Parker

Katherine received her PhD in History from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on the production of geographic knowledge about the Pacific region in the early modern period. She is a specialist in the history of cartography, history of the book, history of exploration, naval history, and British imperial history. In addition to serving on the Society for Nautical Research’s Council and Publications Committee, she is also the Administrative Editor and a member of Council for the Hakluyt Society, a member of the Executive Committee of IMCOS, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She works as the Research Officer for Barry Lawrence Ruderman Antique Maps and is based in Greenwich, UK.

Dr Cathryn Pearce

Dr Cathryn Pearce is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Greenwich and a Founding Committee Member of the Greenwich Maritime Centre. She has been secretary of the SNR Publications Committee since 2010, as well as member of Council. She earned her doctorate at GMI, and her thesis was published as Cornish Wrecking, 1700-1860: Reality and Popular Myth (Boydell, 2010). She also holds an MA from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where she specialized on the Hudson Bay Company’s Marine Department on the Pacific Northwest coast. Formerly, she was an Associate Professor of History at University of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula Campus for 15 years. She is also the editor of Troze, the online peer-reviewed journal of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.