Who will be looking after you? Meet the tour guides ...
As the main organiser Ian Alexander will be on as many of the trips as possible, assisted by one or more of the team of guides, couriers and carers, most of whom have years of experience either in the armed forces, police, or public service. We also have guest speakers/guides who accompany us on various specialised tours.
IAN ALEXANDER – main organiser, courier/guide
Ian was born in Huntly, Scotland, and served for 25 years in the Midlands police force, mostly on CID and Regional Crime Squad duties. He's been visiting the Battlefields as a guide for over 35 years and, along with colleagues, formed The War Research Society as it is today. His grandfather fought with the 38th Welsh Division and was wounded at Mametz Wood and his father was a Piper in the Gordon Highlanders during the 2nd World War. Ian was made an Honorary Citizen of the town of Albert, Somme in 1996.
JEANNIE ALEXANDER – catering/ well-being
Jeannie, Ian’s wife, was also born in Scotland and has spent most of her life in Nursing. She's in charge of catering for you on the coach and generally looking after your well-being. Jeannie’s father was with 45 Royal Marine Commando during the Second World War and she lost an uncle at St. Valery with the 51st Highland Division.
MIKE HEAVEN – office manager
Mike, our office manager, hails from Birmingham and is a retired Materials Manager at Land Rover Vehicles, Solihull. He will be your first contact in the office and will be able to advise you on the tours, visits and anything else you may not be sure about. He will be personally dealing with your queries and bookings.
NICK FEAR – courier/guide
Nick is a retired police officer. His years of experience in visiting the battlefields, and caring for veterans shows in his great knowledge of the conflict and the many stories he has learned from the veterans themselves. His kind and caring personality makes him an excellent travelling companion.
TERRY WEBB – courier/guide
Terry spent 25 years in the RAOC being commissioned through the ranks, before working as a Logistics Manager for London Underground. He now pursues his passion for history as a battlefield guide. His military experience and logistics background combine to bring a battlefield tour alive whilst acknowledging the practical difficulties on the ground.
MALCOLM HALLIDAY – courier/guide, official piper
Malcolm, who hails from the Edinburgh area, served with the Royal Scots Regiment. After this he served, for many years, as a police officer in the West Midlands Police Force. Having retired from this, Malcolm now accompanies Battlefield Tours as a courier and guide. Malcolm is also the official War Research Society Piper.
MANITA MISHINA – courier/guide
Manita lives in Sevastopol. She is a university graduate, author, interpreter and Crimean War Battlefield Tour Guide, with many years experience, both of the battlefields and the history of Russia. Manita leads our Russian tours.
CAROL PEARCE – courier/guide
Carol is a retired Police Officer, who’s two grandfathers fought in the Great War, one with the Canadian Highlanders and the other in the Army Service Corps. Carol has been visiting the battlefields for many years, as well as working as a guide.
NICK KELLETT – courier/guide
Nick served for over 22 year, predominantly with the RAF Regiment. On retirement he settled in Wiltshire and is currently employed by the MOD on security. His interest is in the First World War in particular the Somerset Light Infantry.
IAN McLEOD – courier/guide
Ian was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment, serving in the British Army for 36 years. Since retirement from the army he has worked with various peace implementation and humanitarian organisations in many parts of the world. He has always had an avid interest in military history and in visiting battlefields wherever he finds himself. Ian will be leading our North African and Italian tours.
ROBERT OWEN – courier/guide
Robert is an aviation historian, he is the Official Historian and a Trustee of the 617 Squadron Association, and Chairman of the Barnes Wallis Foundation. He has contributed to numerous publications and television documentaries. He has recently completed post graduate research with the University of Huddersfield Arms and Armour Research Institute. He is author of: Henry Maudslay – Dam Buster; Dam Busters – Failed to Return and V-Weapons – Failed to Return. His latest work Berlin – Failed to Return, will be published in 2017.
JONATHAN NICHOLLS – courier/guide
Jonathan is a retired Metropolitan Police Officer. He lives in Hertfordshire and is an experienced battlefield guide having lead his first tour with veteran soldiers to the Somme in 1978. He is the principal Great War Centenary Guide for the Daily Telegraph and the author of the acclaimed book: Cheerful Sacrifice – The Battle of Arras 1917.