Meet our Patrons and Presidents

Guild Patron

Lord Richard Faulkner of Worcester

The Guild was very fortunate to have the internationally known historian, author and battlefield guide Richard Holmes as its original Patron. He supported the idea of the Guild from the outset and his untimely death in 2011 came as a great shock to members.

After a long search the Guild invited Lord Richard Faulkner of Worcester to be its new Patron.
Lord Faulkner of Worcester is an active working peer and a Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords. He served as a minister in the whips’ office in the last government, and has a particular interest in transport heritage and policy.

He is a trustee of the Science Museum, and of the National Football Museum. He was the founder of the parliamentary all-party war heritage group, and remains its chairman. He is a member of the government’s advisory board on the commemoration of the centenary of the Great War.

Guild President

Dr Spencer Jones MPhil PhD

Dr. Spencer Jones is an award-winning historian and author. He is Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton and serves as the Regimental Historian for the Royal Regiment of Artillery. In 2018 he was made a Haig Fellow by the Douglas Haig Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to the study of the First World War.

He is the author of From Boer War to World War: Tactical Reform of the British Army 1902 – 1914 (2012) and the editor of Stemming the Tide: Officers and Leadership in the British Expeditionary Force 1914 (2013) which was runner-up for the 2013 Templer Medal for Military Literature. He has also edited Courage without Glory: The British Army on the Western Front 1915 (2015) and At All Costs: The British Army on the Western Front 1916 (2018).  He is a frequent contributor to BBC History magazine and has appeared on a number of television programmes including Who Do You Think You Are, The Quizeum,The Great War in Numbers and Britain’s Forgotten Army.


Guild Vice-President

Air Vice Marshal Steve Abbott CBE MPhil BA FCMI RAF (Retd.)

AVM Abbott joined the RAF on 15 September 1974 as a University Cadet. He gained a BA Honours degree at the University of East Anglia in 1977. He joined 37 Sqn RAF Regt as a Rapier Flight Commander in 1978. He completed the Long Gunnery Staff course at the RSA Larkhill in 1981, followed by tours on 27 Sqn RAF Regt at RAF Leuchars and 19 Sqn RAF Regt at RAF Brize Norton. During this period, he completed 5 operational tours in Belize. In 1985, he was posted to RAF Coningsby as the Station Regt Officer, before returning to GBAD duties in 1987 as the Deputy Sqn Cdr of 63 Sqn RAF Regt at RAF Gutersloh. During this period, he completed an operational tour in the Falkland Islands.