The Board of Trustees
Clive Hallam Baker
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. A recent project has led to an on-line database of all soldiers known to have served the English crown at war between 1369 and 1453, and the co-authored The Soldier in Late Medieval England (2013). Other publications include The Battle of Agincourt. Sources and Interpretations (2000, e-book 2015) and Agincourt. A New History (2005), which is the first fully researched study of the battle. 2015 is a busy year for me in terms of talks in the UK, France and USA. I am academic co-chair of the Agincourt 600 committee (see Agincourt600.com), and historical adviser for the Royal Armouries Battle of Agincourt exhibition in the Tower of London and for refurbishment plans at the Centre Historique Médiéval at Azincourt. I am a member of the English Heritage Battlefields Panel and a Trustee of the Royal Armouries. In my day job I am professor of Medieval History and Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton. I am committed to public outreach and history education at all levels, and was President of the Historical Association from 2008 to 2011. I 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 (Chair)
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.
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.
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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.
I joined the Trust shortly after it was formed and have been an active member for more years than I care to remember. I am currently editor of the Trust's quaterly magazine Battlefield, Chair of the London and South East Region, Events Organiser for the Mercia Region and a Trustee of the Naseby Battlefield project.
I've been a member of the Trust for some time and was privileged to be asked to consider joining the board to help assist with archaeological issues. With a background in conflict archaeology, I've worked on surveys of numerous battlefield surveys in both a research in commercial capacity, including leading fieldwork for the Trust at Stow on the Wold. Most recently I've been involved with some important international research projects, conducting fieldwork on the Waterloo battlefield and at Vinegar Hill in Ireland. I'm passionate about engaging with the artefacts and landscape of a battle in the way only archaeology can, and perhaps exposing some of the experiences of the nameless common soldier, which are quite often glossed over in historical accounts. I 'm also passionate about working with modern veterans and have seen first hand the benefit that archaeological projects can have the well-being of those who have suffered through modern conflict.
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.
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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.