Meet the Team

The Festival is honoured to have as its Patron The Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle, Admiral of the Fleet The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL.

The Royal Harbour History Festival is run as a non-profit company with clear objectives, with a management board (Operating Committee) currently made up of twelve people geared and experienced in organising a festival within a framework of correct governance alongside the keen and wide ranging support of many national, regional and local volunteers, partners and advisors. The following individuals form the Operating Committee:

Victoria Nielson – Chairman RHHF, CEO Waterloo 200, Director of MV Events and a marketing consultant. Victoria has over 25 years experience in marketing, consultancy and management roles. Click for website.

Peter WarwickVice Chairman RHHF, Author, historian and major public event organiser including Waterloo 200 (Chairman of New Waterloo Dispatch), Nelson, Trafalgar, Sea Britain, Thames Alive and Diamond Jubilee Pageant. Peter is chairman of The 1805 Club, the charity conserving the monuments and memorials of the Georgian sailing navy. Click for website.

Mark Wallis – Director, Past Pleasures: the UK’s oldest professional costumed historical interpretation company. It holds Europe’s largest contract for daily live interpretation (for Historic Royal Palaces). Click for website.

Andy Robertshaw – An English military historian, curator, author, broadcaster and educator. A world-renowned expert on WW1 and on trench warfare in particular, he has written numerous books, including Ghosts on the Somme, 24hr Trench and The Somme: 1 July 1916. He is best known for his television appearances, in programmes such as Two Men in a Trench and Time Team. He was a military advisor on the film War Horse. Before freelancing, he was previously Head of Education at The National Army Museum in London. Click for website.

Dr Graham Jones, MBE – International lecturer, adjudicator, conductor, music event organiser including Waterloo 200 and the Queen’s 90th Birthday. Military career spanning 40 years of service including Royal Artillery Band, Coldstream Guards, Household Division. Click for website.

James Thomas Co-Founder RHHF. Director Royal Harbour Hotel. James Thomas has been involved in the hospitality, hotel and restaurant business for over 35 years. Click for website.

Melissa Stisted – Director MV Events, Secretary RHHF. MV Events include functions held at St James Palace, Windsor Castle, Mansion House and the Mall, London.

Stephen Woods – Finance Director, Past Pleasures, Treasurer RHHF

Roger GouldSafety Officer RHHF. Two times Atlantic rower. Involved in organising Thames Traditional Rowing events on the river Thames (often along with the Queens Row Barge, Gloriana). Roger is responsible for the Health & Safety Risk Assessments for these events.

Andrew GibsonEvent & Creative Production Manager RHHF. Andrew is an award-winning events manager with 20 years experience of devising and delivering a wide variety of events including educational campaigns, festivals and exhibitions.

Ben Moreton – An event producer with roots in technical and creative production. Projects in Asia, Middle East, USA and Europe. Multilingual with a production history spanning corporate and private events, film & TV, theatre and rock & roll.

Tom Parsons Director of Photography RHHF. Tom is a natural light and studio photographer and Kent Creative Awards Winner 2017. Click for website.

Advisor: Commander Nick Chatwin, OBE – Royal Navy – Naval Liaison Officer & CRF Project Officer – Naval Regional Command Eastern England