Board of Trustees


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 has just written and published her first book and is now working on the second. 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. 


Mrs Diana Swinfield.  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 in the early 1990s and has been a volunteer with the Society since 2002. Diana has worked as a professional genealogist since 2006. She currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Society and Chairman of the Library Committee. 


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, FRSA. Mark has been a member of the Society of Genealogists since 2012 and joined the Board of Trustees in January 2014. He is the Managing Director of a UK company providing bespoke services arranging cultural and heritage visits to the British Isles.  His interest in genealogy began while listening to his grandfather's stories as a child. He is particularly interested in architecture and history, and enjoys adventure training, skydiving and travel. Mark currently serves as Vice-Chairman of the Society of Genealogists Education Committee.

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 has recently become a member of the Library Committee.

Sandra Guilford.  Sandra has been a member since 2010; she has a diverse background training first as a classical musician before becoming a biochemist. For many years she has been teaching or directing research in various universities.  Sandra was a granddaughter of four immigrants to the US who left the Carpathian Mountains around 1900, who, roughly 80 years later, migrated in the opposite direction, to the UK.  When she was a university student, she extracted facts and stories from her grandmother about the lives of two of the four families in Europe….and set on the path of a serious genealogical interest.

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.

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 David Wright, FSG. David has been a member of the Society for nearly 40 years, joining in 1976, and was elected a Fellow in 2009. A classical scholar, and a professional genealogist and historian, he has lectured widely on genealogy and written several books on the subject. He still teaches Latin and palaeography. He has compiled the London Probate Index 1750-1858, the West Kent Probate Index 1750-1858, and the East Kent Burial Index 1813-1841. He has also catalogued Kent's extensive probate records and is currently indexing some of that county's Probate Act books. In his spare time he enjoys, chess, bridge, philately, hill-walking and visiting remote places.