War Memorials Trust



Peter McCormick OBE

Peter McCormick © Peter McCormick, 2008Peter McCormick became a Trustee in the early days of the charity and his Solicitors practice, McCormicks, based in Harrogate, has acted for War Memorials Trust in that period on a pro bono basis. In July 2013 he became Chairman of the Board of Trustees having been Vice-Chairman for several years.

Mr McCormick is an internationally recognised expert in Sports, Media and Entertainment Law and one of the UK’s leading figures in the Charities Law field. Alongside charitable work as a Trustee of The Helen Feather Memorial Trust, Chairman and Patron of the Yorkshire Young Achievers Award and Honorary Solicitor to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and The Outward Bound Trust Mr McCormick is a member of the Legal Working Party of the Premier League and Chairman of the Sports Dispute Resolution Panel. He was awarded the OBE on 1st January 2000 for services to charity.

Speaking of his role with War Memorials Trust Mr McCormick said: "I was delighted to be asked to be a Trustee of War Memorials Trust by Sir Donald Thompson, who worked so hard to create and register the charity and to build it up in those vital early years. My fellow Trustees and I are determined to continue that work and to develop the charity. I believe it is essential for all of us in this country to remember those who fought so that we could live in a free society."


Roger Bardell

Roger Bardell © War Memorials Trust, 2006Roger Bardell joined War Memorials Trust as Treasurer in January 2003, becoming a Trustee in September 2004.

Mr Bardell retired in 1997 after spending 34 years with Lloyds Bank, where he held managerial positions in several West End branches, two regional offices and at head office including management of the bank’s services to small business and as Director of Internal Communications. Since retiring, Mr Bardell has spent his time working voluntarily for several organisations and learning to speak Italian. As a result, for the last decade he has divided his time between Lord’s Cricket Ground, the Imperial War Museum, the RSPB and travelling throughout Italy.

Speaking of his role with War Memorials Trust Mr Bardell said: “Agreeing to be Treasurer of War Memorials Trust was a logical extension of the voluntary work I was doing at the UK National Inventory of War Memorials. My grand-father was killed in the Great War, and I would not wish to see the memorial which records his name fall into disrepair or suffer from neglect. Since I joined WMT, I have already witnessed and, I hope, played a small part in, changes in its structures, management and fund-raising capabilities to bring it in line with modern practice and legal requirements.”

Richard Broyd

Richard Broyd © Duncan Soar 2017Richard Broyd became a Trustee of War Memorials Trust in 2013. He attended his first Trustees meeting in March.

From 1968 to 1987 Richard started and ran a specialist recruitment company now known as HAYS. Since 1979 he has been chairman of Historic Home Hotels, now a subsidiary of the National Trust. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours in 2009 for services to heritage and conservation. Richard is shown meeting HRH The Duchess of Cornwall at a reception held by the Trust at Clarence House in 2009.

Richard regards himself as an amateur polymath with a well-rounded lack of skills base. His outlook may be accurately described in the words ‘status quo ante’. 

Randolph Churchill

Randolph ChurchillRandolph Churchill joined the Board of Trustees in September 2017 bringing experience from the military and financial sectors.

Mr Churchill undertook a short service commission in the Royal Navy with spells on HMS Alderney and HMS Swallow. Following that, and qualification as a Chartered Accountant, he moved into investments. Since 2003 he has worked for Rathbones managing investments for private individuals and foundations. Randolph is the President of the International Churchill Society, an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge and has been a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a Director of the Armed Services Charities Advisory Company. Randolph is a regular speaker at Churchill conferences and dinners in the UK and abroad.

On joining the Board, Randolph said “I am thrilled to have joined the Trust and am passionate about maintaining with pride our war memorials across the United Kingdom.” 

Rupert De Mauley

Lord De MauleyRupert De Mauley joined the Board of Trustees in June 2017 bringing experience from the political, financial and military sectors.

Lord De Mauley was, until stepping down at the 2015 general election, minister for the natural environment, science and animal welfare at Defra. A chartered accountant and former investment banker and entrepreneur, he spent nine years working in the Far East in the 1980s and 1990s. An army reservist for thirty years, in the early new millennium he commanded the UK’s only reserve armoured regiment, the Royal Wessex Yeomanry, of which he is now colonel. A former amateur jockey both here and in the Far East, he is a keen equestrian. He is president of SPANA and of the Council of the Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations and Chairman of LAPADA. He has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005.

John Peat

John Peat © Duncan Soar 2017John Peat was one of the first Trustees of the charity in his capacity as a representative of War Memorials Trust’s bank, Royal Bank of Scotland.

Initially acting as relationship manager to the charity he has assisted in guiding the charity's finances over the years keeping a close check on activity and our financial position. Now working in the commercial sector of the bank Mr Peat has retained his involvement in the charity due to his strong support for its aims and objectives.

Speaking of his role with War Memorials Trust Mr Peat said: "During my time as a relationship manager with the Royal Bank of Scotland I have been involved with various charities and felt that this knowledge would be of assistance to War Memorials Trust in its early days. Also having experience of dealing with fledging businesses I was able to ensure, with others, that the financial aspect of the charity was set up properly from the outset. I believe that we should not only all look to remember what happened in the past but also look to the future."

David Seymour

David Seymour © David SeymourDavid Seymour joined the Board in September 2008 as Education/Learning Trustee. David has a degree in Modern History from Oxford. He subsequently wrote an MPhil thesis, at UEA, on Admiral Duncan and the North Sea Fleet. David served for over thirty years as Head of History at Thetford Grammar School. From 1997 he initiated and developed the school’s Remembrance and Memorial policy which focused attention on the school’s war memorials. Through involvement in the November Remembrance Service, and in its complementary academic conference and exhibition, as well as taking part, throughout the year and across the country, in other Remembrance occasions pupils came to understand something of the lives of their predecessors who had died in the two world wars.

David aims to help develop the Trust’s Education and Learning strategy to cater for all forms of learner including schoolchildren, youth groups and adult organizations. He is keen to see the Trust build strong links with peer organizations which sympathise with the aims of the Trust.

Speaking of his role with War Memorials Trust David said: “I welcome this opportunity to be involved in designing an all-embracing Education and Learning strategy which plans to ensure that the importance of war memorials in the collective memory of the nation is fully appreciated across all sections of the community.” 

Gavin Stamp

Gavin Stamp aboard the Orient Express © WAG tv 2007Gavin Stamp joined the Board of Trustees in March 2010 bringing experience from the heritage and conservation sector.

Dr Stamp is an architectural historian and writer, with a particular interest in war memorials. He organised the Silent Cities exhibition about the memorial and cemetery architecture of the Great War held at the RIBA in 1977 and in 2006 he published a study of The Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. He has published other books about the architecture of Sir Edwin Lutyens, the Gilbert Scott dynasty and on Alexander 'Greek' Thomson. Educated at Dulwich College and the University of Cambridge, he taught for a time at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow and is an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow. He is a former Chairman of the Twentieth Century Society and has also presented television documentaries including a series about the Orient Express in 2007. 

Russell Walters

Russell Walters © Duncan Soar 2017Russell Walters joined the Board of Trustees in September 2015 from a career in the heritage and charity sectors.

Mr Walters worked for English Heritage for over 16 years before taking over as Chief Executive of a charitable foundation in 2013. At English Heritage, he spent a number of years overseeing the grant to War Memorials Trust and was the English Heritage lead on the joint English Heritage/War Memorials Trust War Memorials Online project, as part of his English Heritage role as lead on their World War I commemorations, at the time. He is also a Trustee of the Canterbury Oast Trust and the Battlefields Trust as well as being Chair of Governors at his local infants school.

On joining the board, Russell said: "I delighted to be joining War Memorials Trust after previously having been so involved. I am particularly keen to continue the work on War Memorials Online, whilst helping to develop the organisation for the future."


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