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.
Sarah Kellam (Temp. Hon. Secretary) 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 paternal grandfather also saw action in WW1 on the Western Front and Iraq and was a Captain in the 7th Princess Royal Dragoon Guards. 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.
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.
Ian Binnie is our recently appointed Education Coordinator of the Gallipoli Association. I was born and brought up in Coventry and did a history degree at the University of London. I then went onto to spend 40 years in teaching, ending up as secondary headteacher in the West Midlands. I am now fully retired and spend most of my time pursuing my great love, military history. I am a member of many historical associations, playing an active part in some and have visited many battlefields, including Gallipoli. I volunteer for a day a week at the Fusilier Museum in Warwick. I recently finished a part time MA in Military History at the University of Birmingham. I am currently part of a team researching the story of every soldier who is included on war memorials in Moseley, Birmingham. My other hobbies include running, walking, reading and avoiding gardening. I also support the mighty Sky Blues. I am really enjoying my new role with the GA, developing links and projects with partners to increase knowledge and understanding of the Gallipoli campaign, amongst young and old.
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.