Trustees' Biography

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON TRUSTEES

James Stopford CBE is a relative of a Gallipoli veteran, has been a proud member of the Association since 1988 and has visited the peninsula several times.  After 36 years of service James left the Army (Irish Guards) in December 2015 and became the Chief Executive of The Not Forgotten Association in 2016.  He is a member of Her Majesty’s Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms, an enthusiastic but untalented sailor, lover of all outdoor activities and passionate about his family.  He is married to Michelle, a solicitor, and they have 2 grown up children, a doctor (des) and vintner (practicing!).   He became Chairman on 1 May 2016 and his priority for the Association is to ensure it remains relevant, putting education and commemoration at its core and promoting inclusivity to honour those who served in the Gallipoli Campaign

Vicki Genrich CA   is a Chartered Accountant and has worked with the UK government in developing financial capability. Mrs. Genrich’s interest in the Gallipoli Campaign stems from her grandfather who was at Gallipoli.   In 2010, she was appointed Treasurer of the former Gallipoli Association, a role she continued, together with that of Trustee, when the Association was granted charitable status in 2013. Mrs Genrich’s aim is to assist the Association with all aspects of accounting and financial matters. 

Foster Summerson has been a member of the former Gallipoli Association since 1992. He was appointed Editor of The Gallipolian and joined the Committee in 2008. Upon the Association being granted charitable status he continued as editor and was appointed a Trustee in October 2014.  He stood down as Editor at the end of December and was appointed Hon Secretary shortly after.  Foster has visited Gallipoli on a number of occasions since 1994.   He has been a member of the Society of Friends of the Imperial War Museums since 1987 and a member of its Governing Council since 2008.  He served as a volunteer guide at the Museum for 16 years until 2011, and previously held the posts of Secretary and Chairman of the Essex Branch of the Western Front Association.

Stephen Chambers has been a member of the former Gallipoli Association since 1984, and in 2010 was appointed Webmaster. Since charitable status was granted, Stephen has been a Trustee performing the roles of Historian and Webmaster. Stephen’s historical interest and passion is British Military history, in particular Gallipoli. He has written several books on the Campaign, the latest being Gallipoli: The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers’ Words and Photographs. He is an accredited Battlefield Guide and often visits Gallipoli where he leads tours. Stephen is also a member of the Western Front Association, Guild of Battlefield Guides and Orders & Medals Research Society. He is a qualified IT Professional and has worked in the computing industry for over 25 years.

Ian Philliskirk joined the Association in 2009 and was appointed a Trustee in February 2016 which was confirmed at the AGM in October.   He is a General Counsel by profession, and holds a practising certificate as an employed barrister. He provided invaluable pro-bono legal advice when the new Association were considering changing its status to that of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation,  in that application and in the drafting of the  new constitution.  As part of his duties as a Trustee Ian has acted as the Association’s Legal Officer.  He has made many trips to Gallipoli having lived in Istanbul for many years, and has a home just across the Dardanelles at Assos.

Peter Butterworth joined the Association in 2003. His interest stems from researching two great uncles who served in the campaign (The Duke of Wellington's Regiment and the Royal Naval Division). After a Short Service Commission in the Royal Navy, during which he saw active service in The Falklands War aboard HMS Glamorgan, Peter embarked on a 32 year teaching career. He retired as Headteacher of the Overton Grange School in Sutton, Surrey earlier this year.  Peter was appointed as the Association’s Education Co-ordinator by the Trustees on 29 February 2016. His remit is to be the primary point of contact for the Association on all education matters and to build on the work of the Gallipoli Centenary Education Project, integrating the Gallipoli Bursary scheme, and to develop and deliver  a 3 year Education  Plan that will reach all sections of the public.  Since his appointment, Peter has played a leading role in organising the Association’s bursary tour to the Peninsula in June this year and has taken part, with the Chairman and Historian, in meetings with the Deputy Dean of Kings College and Dean of Academic Studies at the Joint Services Command and Staff College.    Peter was appointed a Trustee in July 2016 which was confirmed at the AGM in October.

Peter Luff joined the Association after discovering his Grandfather’s involvement in the campaign with the 29th Division and a journey to Gallipoli with an Australian brother-in-law in charge of a school trip in 2008. He has visited Gallipoli twice since and took part in the Centenary Commemorations in April 2015. He took on the role of Membership Secretary in February 2016 and is keen to focus on education and the lasting memory of the campaign particularly amongst young people. Peter is a Chartered Surveyor practicing in Devon and has been involved with cricket in one way or another since childhood. He is a qualified coach and a member of several clubs. Peter was appointed a Trustee in July 2016 which was confirmed at the AGM in October.