Board of Trustees

Ed Percival

Ed was elected to the Board in 2017 and became chair in 2018.

Recently retired, Ed’s experience encompassed extensive and diverse corporate roles. In the latter years of his career, he held senior marketing positions with The Prince’s Trust and with the Landmark Trust. He has been involved in transformations and turnarounds in organisations of all sizes.

He is a graduate of Bristol University and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School.

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.

Heather Nowlan

Heather is a professional & accomplished genealogist with over 10 years’ experience, a registered Ancestry ProGenealogist contractor, and an AGRA Associate. 

Heather has run a number of her own business' within 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.

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.

Graham Walter
Vice Chairman

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, and has 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.

Andy Douglas

Andy has been a member since 2009 and was co-opted to the Board in December 2020. He is a tutor on the University of Strathclyde postgraduate programme in Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies.

He is also a professional genealogist and a director of the Register of Qualified Genealogists. He was previously a finance director in the film industry working for Warner Bros for many years.

Darris Williams

Darris has been a member since 2006. He began discovering his family history while stationed at RAF Alconbury in 1983. Darris has a bachelor’s degree in Family & Community History. He worked as a British reference consultant at the Family History Library for 15 years. The next 15 years have been spent creating new record publications and help projects.

Developing research and teaching skills continues to be a priority after 30 years as a FamilySearch employee. He was a co-founder of the FamilySearch wiki. Darris is presently the FamilySearch Wiki & Community Trees Manager, freelance genealogist, and family history instructor. A special area of interest has been Welsh family history.

David Gill

David is an experienced Global Corporate Real Estate Director with 20 years of executive level leadership experience in blue chip Professional Services businesses.

He has a background in strategy definition and execution, business transformation, optimizing performance and reducing costs. Has a strong track record of building and managing diverse, high performing teams and managing sensitive C-suite and board level relationships.

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