Board of Trustees


William Bortrick.  William became a member of the Society of Genealogists in 2003, was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007, and presently serves as Chairman. He has developed his interest in genealogy since boyhood and particularly in historical families worldwide. He was educated at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge (where he served as a member of the governing Council). He is the Founder and Chairman of Burke’s Peerage Foundation.


Dr Richard Sturt, OBE, DCL, MA.  Richard was a member in the 1970s and from 2004, elected to the Board in June 2010. Dr Sturt is a solicitor, who was Coroner for Kent for 22 years. He has served on the boards of the Civil Aviation Authority, National Air Traffic Services, the Consumer Council for Water, the East Kent Hospitals Foundation Trust, St John Ambulance for Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, of which he is now an Honorary Fellow. He was also Registrar of the Canterbury Diocese and legal secretary to the Bishop in Canterbury. His publications include works on maritime law, chancel repairs, disasters and water supply.


Dr Nick Barratt.  Nick has been member since 2010. He currently works at The National Archives managing the Medieval & Early Modern, Legal, Maps, Plans and Photographs teams. He previously ran a Research Agency, acted as editor in chief of a Family History Magazine and Executive Director of FreeBMD. He is also President of the Federation of Family History Societies, Vice President of AGRA and a Co-ordinator at Action for Archives. He has wide experience in the media (tv, press etc) and has written several books on genealogy. 



Mark James Ayre. Mark has been a member of the Society of Genealogists since 2012 and was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in January 2014. Mark has studied History and later Design and Engineering. His interest in family history began while listening to his grandfather’s stories as a child. He is particularly interested in military history, and enjoys adventure training, skydiving and travel. Mark works in Education and Events Management which has assisted him in his role as a member of the Society of Genealogists Education Committee.

Mrs Diana Bouglas.  Diana has been a member since 1998, she has a background in banking, local government, education and retail and was clerk to the governors and office manager at a school. She became interested in family history about fifteen years ago and has been involved with the Society as a volunteer for the past ten years. Diana has worked as a professional genealogist since 2006.  

Mrs Angela Buckley.  Angela has been a member since 2009. Angela is a freelance writer specialising in social and family history. She publishes articles regularly and a related blog. She is currently writing her first book. Angela spent ten years teaching French and Spanish in a large comprehensive school. As Head of Modern Languages she managed the faculty for four years. Subsequently she worked as Lecturer in Languages Education at Oxford Brookes University and King’s College London. Angela chairs the Society of Genealogists Education Committee.

Dr Hugh Guilford.  Hugh has been a member since 1991, elected to the Board in November 2007. He is a management consultant dealing with business strategy with a background as a chemist and is a member of the Monumental Brass Society. 

Sue Hourizi.  Sue was elected to the Board in 2013 having previously served from 2005 to 2008. She has been a member since 2000.  She has been involved in family history since childhood; and while working in North Africa co-organised an oral family history programme in the early1960s. Her professional background is in secondary school language teaching, from which she retired as a Head teacher.  She has been researching in the SoG library since 1990 and since 2000 has been a member of the Education Committee and a volunteer in a number of working parties connected with it including recently the telephone help line.

Roy Stockdill.  Roy originally became a member in the Harrington Gardens days and then since 1991. He was elected to the Board in 2009, having served two terms previously, followed by a requisite year out, he is in his fourth term as a Trustee. He was on the Executive Committee of the Guild of One-Name Studies, edited the Journal of One-Name Studies for 10 years and is a Master Craftsman of the Guild.  A former national newspaper journalist,  he writes for Family Tree magazine and also writes a blog for Findmypast on "Famous family trees". He is commissioning editor of the "My Ancestors..." books.

William Michael Wood, FInstSMM, FSG. Mike has been a member since 1999, and a very active member of his local U3A family history group. He has previously been Chairman of the Society for 5 years and Chairman of  the Society’s trading company. He has had over 30 years senior management experience in international sales and marketing, having trained initially as a chemist.