Councillors

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.

Commander Mark Barton BEng, MA, CEng, FRINA, RN is a serving naval officer, whose career has seen him specialising in marine engineering and naval architecture but also holds an MA from KCL in Defence Studies. He is currently Director of the Royal Naval Division at the Defence Academy of the UK and is thus responsible for the education of mid ranking naval officers in subjects such as naval strategy.  He has written and lectured extensively about naval swords and swordsmanship which is his main focus of research but he was also the author of the RN’s official history of “The Engineering Branch of the Royal Navy”. In his previous naval appointment he was the author behind one of the new RN Fighting Instructions, delivering the doctrinal development on Maritime Engineering especially as the RN returns to Task Group operations.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

Kate Jamieson graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2013 with a BSc in International Relations. She has worked in the shipping industry for 7 years and is now part of the Operations team at MNG Marine, where she manages floating armouries in the Red Sea and Gulf of Oman.  Until recently, Kate was assisting The 1805 Club with the Trafalgar Way project and she is also a social secretary for the Naval Records Society. She is currently completing her MA in Naval History with the University of Exeter and has a particular focus on Master Gunners.  Her interest in naval history stems from childhood and this interest was enhanced by her time in the Sea Cadet Corps as a teenager and now as an adult instructor.

Captain Peter King, FNI 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

Jeremy Michell studied History and Archaeology at the University of Leicester  before completing an MA in Maritime History at Hull. From there he joined the National Maritime Museum in 2002 as one of the Historic Photographs and Ships Plans Curators. He took over management of the section in 2008 and, as a Senior Curator, now manages a team that oversees the plans, photos, ship models and small boats, and Cutty Sark. As an eighteenth century naval specialist Jeremy was an historical advisor on the Victory Advisory Technical Committee (2007-2011) until the ship’s transfer out of MOD ownership. In 2015, he also became Curator of Polar Equipment & Relics on the retirement of the previous curator. Jeremy has worked on a number of Museum galleries, including Jutland Gallery (2016-2020) and the more recent Polar Worlds Gallery (2018-). Working in collaboration with others, he has written Figureheads: On the Bow of the Ship (2019) and the updated version of South: The Race to the Pole.

Dr. Katherine Parker 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.

Catherine Scheybeler MA, PhD worked at the travel and exploration department of Bernard Quaritch, Antiquarian Booksellers, Ltd, from 2005 to 2009.  For two of these years she studied for an MA in the History of Warfare at the War Studies Department of KCL, passing with distinction before continuing on to complete a full-time PhD in War Studies in 2014.  Her thesis was on Spanish naval policy during the reign of Ferdinand VI (1746-59).  She now works as a rare book and manuscript consultant in which capacity she has written Africana: A Distant Journey into Unknown Lands. The Paolo Bianchi collection of works on the exploration of Africa up to the year 1900 (London, 2014) and The Exotic and the Beautiful: The world in colour. The collection of colour plate books from the library of Norman R. Bobins (London, 2017).  She is a member of Council for the Hakluyt Society, Hon. Secretary for the SNR Heritage & Craft Committee and is also on The Mariner’s Mirror editorial board.