BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON TRUSTEES & ASSOCIATION OFFICERS
Chair - 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.
Treasurer - 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.
Hon. Secretary - Sarah Kellam has been a member of the Gallipoli Association for a few years and in 2015 was chosen to attend the centenary celebrations on the Gallipoli peninsular as a VIP guest. She is a regular attendee at the biennial reunion of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association in London. Due to her maternal grandfather being awarded the Victoria Cross after the Battle of Lone Pine at Gallipoli, she has been active both here and in Australia in promoting the remembrance of that campaign by way of lectures, speeches, recordings, interviews together with some filming for Australian TV and featuring in the new prestigious not-for-profit book “The Victoria Cross – Australia Remembers”. She attended the launch in Melbourne this year. She also gave the 2018 ANZAC address to the townspeople of Eaglehawk, Victoria – the town where her grandfather was born. Sarah’s working life has been in criminal law, firstly with the Crown Prosecution Service and latterly with the Police specialising in witness and victim care. Since being retired, she has been the Secretary of her local Women’s Institute and is a keen family historian, amateur artist and embroiderer and campanologist.
Historian & Webmaster - Stephen Chambers has been a member of the former Gallipoli Association since 1984, and in 2010 was appointed Webmaster, and in 2015 Historian when Michael Hickey passed away. 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, which has led him to write several books, the latest being Gallipoli: The Dardanelles Disaster in Soldiers’ Words and Photographs. and Walking Gallipoli, a battlefield guide. 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, Arnhem Fellowship and Orders & Medals Research Society. He is a qualified IT Professional and has worked in the computing industry for over 25 years.
Education Officer - Ian Binnie is a fairly new member of the Gallipoli Association. He was born and brought up in Coventry and did a history degree at the University of London. He then went onto to spend 40 years in teaching, ending up as secondary headteacher in the West Midlands. He is now fully retired and spends most of my time pursuing his great love, military history. He is a member of many historical associations, and plays an active part in some and has visited many battlefields, including Gallipoli. He also volunteers for a day a week at the Fusilier Museum in Warwick. He recently finished a part time MA in Military History at the University of Birmingham. He is currently part of a team researching the story of every soldier who is included on war memorials in Moseley, Birmingham. His other hobbies include running, walking, reading and avoiding gardening. He also supports the mighty Sky Blues. In the role with the GA, he is actively developing links and projects with partners to increase knowledge and understanding of the Gallipoli campaign, amongst young and old.
Membership Secretary - 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.
Overseas Liaison Officer - Thomas Iredale joined the Association in 2014 to intensify research into his grandfather’s service in the Royal Naval Division, who was sadly killed near Backhouse Post in May 1915, and also to find his burial site, according to the location given in his RND records – successfully accomplished in 2018. Tom served as a Logistics Officer in the Royal Air Force and was stationed in Aden, Sharjah and Germany. A fluent German and passable French speaker, he joined a German company after leaving the RAF and was responsible for international marketing and sales, travelling the world extensively. Taking early retirement from business, he freelanced as a translator and furnished the English translation of the Gallipoli Association sponsored and recently published book: “Victory at Gallipoli 1915 – The German-Ottoman Alliance in the First World War”. He is particularly interested in the German, French and Ottoman aspects of the Gallipoli campaign, to better understand the wider perspectives of the conflict. The contacts and relationships he has developed during many visits to Turkey and other countries are instrumental in his role of promoting the aims and membership of the Association abroad.
Communications Officer - Robert Rathbone joined the Gallipoli Association to aid his research into the story of his great grandfather's service with the Border Regiment. The experienced photojournalist was originally from Keswick in Cumbria but now lives in Nottingham, England. Robert has visited the battlefields and attended several of the Association events. He has a keen interest in military history inspired by the story of the Gallipoli campaign. Robert now oversees our communications team.
Digital Officer - Bernard de Broglio lives in Sydney, Australia. He has a particular interest in the Gallipoli air war and is researching operations 1915-1918 by the British, French, Ottoman and German air services. Bernard also researched the work of Australian army nurses on Lemnos 1915 for the play ‘Through These Lines’ by Cheryl Ward. The hospital sites on Lemnos were mapped and then-and-now photos published in a photo book and displayed at the State Library of NSW. The production had 3 successful seasons.
Editor - Bryn Dolan Biography to add