Management Staff

Interim Chief Executive

Laura Doyle stepped off the Board of Trustees to become the Interim CEO in Dec 2020.  She is a fellow of the ICAEW with a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science from Kings College, London. 

Laura has worked in the City for over 20 years most latterly as Head of Investor Relations at ReAssure, a subsidiary of SwissRe, acquired by The Phoenix Group in July 2020.  

She has been a member since 2013 and was on the Trustee Board from 2016.  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. Laura is also a Trustee and Treasurer of The Halsted Trust.


Else Churchill is the Genealogist at the Society Genealogists in London and a member of the Lords Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives. She has over 30 years of experience as a genealogist.

Formerly a professional genealogical librarian and researcher, Else has worked for the SoG since 1994. She now leads on external liaison, representation and communications; the Society's education and publishing programmes as well as being the Society's subject specialist.

Her main interests lie in the seventeenth century and finding sources for people who lived through the English Civil Wars and for supplementary genealogical sources for the long 18th century. Her own family history research is concentrated in SW Herefordshire in the 1670s.

Head of Archive and Library Services

Francisca Mkandawire is the Head of Archives and Library Services at the Society. She is a qualified Librarian with a Masters in Librarianship with studies carried out at Leeds Beckett University. Francisca has worked as a Librarian for over 27 years and has been a Senior Library Manager for eleven of those years. Her most recent posts were with Hertfordshire Council and Harrow Libraries.

She commenced working for the Society in July 2017