Board of Trustees


Ed Percival.  Ed was elected to the Board in 2017; he is a proven, MBA-qualified, commercially-oriented leader who has driven change across charity, travel, retail, research and IT. He has extensive marketing experience with particular skills across digital and social. During the past decade he has held senior marketing positions with The Prince’s Trust and with the Landmark Trust.


 Miss Amelia Bennett.  Amelia has been a member since 2011 and volunteers in the Library and at external events. She is an experienced genealogist who has been researching both personal and others family history over the past twenty years.  Amelia is active within the UK and international genealogical community.  Within her professional life, as a nuclear safety engineer, she has been involved in strategic planning and can evaluate and analyse complex information. She has experience of problem solving, budgeting, marketing and networking.  Amelia is currently a member of the Business Committee.


Ray O'Connell.  Ray has been a member since 2012.  He is a keen genealogist who has 20 years of experience of genealogy and family history research.  In his professional life he has worked in Investment Banking, for many years with Lehman Brothers.  His skill sets are wide and include product development, business strategy, fundraising and marketing.  Since his retirement from banking he has dedicated himself to helping on several Charitable and nonprofit organisations at Board Level.



Miss Heather Nowlan.  Heather was co-opted to the Board in July 2020 and will be up for election at the next AGM.  She is a professional & accomplished genealogist with over 10 years’ experience and a registered Ancestry ProGenealogist contractor.  Heather has run a number of her own business' with the wedding industry for nearly 20 years including eCommerce websites.  She is also the Treasurer of the civilian committee for the 5F RAF Air Cadets, a self-funding charity based organisation governed by the MOD.


Miss Laura Doyle.  Laura has been a member since 2013 and has a keen interest in Genealogy.  Head of Investor Relations at ReAssure, Laura is a fellow of the ICAEW with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science.  She is a self-motivated, innovative project manager with a strong background in financial modelling and due diligence. Laura is also a Trustee and Treasurer of The Halsted Trust.  She is working towards her MSc at the University of Strathclyde in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies and has a registered One-Name Study for the surname Blissenden. 

Rob George.  Rob was elected to the Board in  2017. He is Head of Corporate Services at the RSPB, where he manages legal service, information and library services. He works closely with the Charities Commission. His key skills and experience include marketing, publicity and promotions, product development and strategic management. Rob also has experience of publishing and has worked for Cambridge University Press.


Janice Tullock. Janice was elected to the Board in 2017.  She is a professional heritage and archives consultant. She has worked extensively with archives, museums and libraries, including Manchester Archives. She offers support with strategic planning and management, audience engagement, fundraising advice and training in archive administration. Janice is very experienced and has many contacts in the wider archives and heritage community. She has been studying her own family history for over thirty years.

Graham Walter.  Graham has been a member since 2004 with an interest in family history research spanning 25 years. Professionally he is an IT manager with Nissan and Renault having also worked in insurance and banking organisations. He is a professional member of the British Computer Society. In the family history community, he volunteers with the society’s Educational Outreach programme attending various family history fairs and society open days showing people how to make use of online services for their family history research.  Graham has also been an instructor at the British Institute run by the International Society for British Genealogy and Family History in Salt Lake City. He is a regular speaker in the Genealogical community.