Royal Naval Museum




Updated 4th November 2008

Admiral Sir Peter Abbott GBE KCB - Chairman

Captain William Alexander CEng FIEE FIMechE

Stephen Baily (representing Portsmouth City Council)

Dr Robert Blyth (representing the National Maritime Museum)

Anne Dixon

Michael Gambazzi

Professor Richard Harding BA(Hons), PhD, PGCE, FRHistS (representing the Society for Nautical Research

Victoria Hardman

Rear Admiral Richard Irwin CB (representing the Friends of the RNM and HMS Victory)

Barry Miller

Rear Admiral CPR Montgomery CBE - Naval Secretary (ex officio)

Commodore Thomas Morton RN

Ken Robinson CBE FTS

Commodore David Steel RN - Naval Base Commander (ex officio)

Charles Wilson

Biographical information

Admiral Sir Peter Abbott GBE KCB


Articled Clerk (1963)

Joined Royal Navy (1964)


HMS Chawton

HMS Ambuscade

HMS Ajax

Promoted to Rear Admiral (1989)

Commanded Second Flotilla in run up to Gulf War

Promoted to Vice Admiral (1993)

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic

Promoted to Admiral (1995)

Commander in Chief Fleet (1995-1997)

Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (1997-2001)

Commissioner, Commonwealth War Graves Commission (2001- )

[Appointment: Ends March 2013 ]

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Captain William Alexander CEng FIEE FIMechE


Joined BRNC Dartmouth Sept 1952. Qualified as Weapons Electrical Officer 1960. Served in HMSs Lion and Chichester and at the Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment, RAE Aberporth and Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment. Promoted to Commander from Fleet Technical Staff 1974. Squadron WEO for the 2nd Frigate Sqd ( 14 frigates) serving on HMS Apollo 74-76. Then NDC Latimer followed by NA2 to Controller of the Navy 77-79. Commander HMS Vernon 79-81. Seawolf Trials and Acceptance Manager 81-84. Promoted Captain 1984-Project Director Seawolf 'till 87 then NATO Defence College Rome for 6 months before joining staff of CinC South in Naples as a Commodore, responsible communications and information systems in the whole of the southern region of NATO 'till end of 1990.Retired from RN and joined BAe as Naval Adviser 91-99.

In retirement, serves as a volunteer reader and governor of Southsea Infants School and helps RNM with their oral history programme with particular emphasis on the evolution of technology in the RN.

[Appointment ends March 2012]

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Dr Robert Blyth

Curator of Imperial and Maritime History, National Maritime Museum

[Appointment: Nominated by the National Maritime Museum from April 2008]

Anne Dixon

Managing Director, Customer to Advocate ( 2007- present day

Director of Customer Services, National Trust ( 2001-2007

Managing Director, Workhouse Television 1998-2001

Marketing Director, Institute of Physics Publishing 1992-1998

Marketing Director, Domark (now Eidos) Computer Games 1989-1992

Marketing Director, Conran Octopus Publishers 1987-1989

Marketing Manager, Book Club Associates 1983-1987

Editor, Franklin Watts & MacDonald Educational Publishers, 1997-1983

Publications: See bibliography at

Event Organisation: See and

Michael Gambazzi

Retired January 2008 as Deputy Director Naval Staff and Head of the Naval Staff Secretariat

Previous appointments included

Director of Finance and Management Support (DG Information nd Communication Systems)

Head of Policy and Plans, Defence Estates Oganisation

District Secretary Southern District UKLF

Defence Export Services organisation

[Appointment ends March 2013]

Professor Richard Henry Harding BA(Hons), PhD, PGCE, FRHistS


Lecturer & Senior Lecturer, Harrow Coll of Higher Ed (1980-90)

Senior Lecturer & Principal Lecturer, Polytechnic of central London (1990-92)

Director of the Management Development & Accreditation Centre, Univ of Westminster (1992-99)

Chair of Dept of Human Resources, Marketing &Law (1997-2000)

Professor of Organisational History, Univ of Westminster (1999 - )

Chairman, Society for Nautical Research

[Appointment: Nominated Trustee from the Society of Nautical Research]

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Victoria Hardman

 Independent trustee of the Disaster Emergency Committee since 2004

 Board member of Save the Children 1997-2004 (Deputy Chairman from 2001)

 Previous appointments include

 Chief Executive, Camden & Islington Health Authority

 General Manager, The Royal London Hospital

[Appointment ends March 2013]

Rear Admiral Richard Oran Irwin CB


Royal Navy from 1960

Royal College Defence Studies (1987)

MoD Director Nuclear Systems (1988-91)

Captain HMS Raleigh (1991-92)

MoD Chief Executive, Strategic Systems (1992-95)

Chairman West Sussex Health Authority (1996-2000)

Non Executive Director, Halmatic Ltd (1996-98)

Independent Assessor, DfEE and successor Departments (1996- )

Member Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel

(2000 - )

Independent Investigator, Financial Services Compensation Scheme (2002- )

Governor, Kingsham Primary School (1996- )

Chairman Queen Alexandria Hospital Home for Disabled ex-Servicemen (1998- )

Chairman Friends of the Royal Naval Museum and HMS Victory (1999- )

Chairman NHS Independent Review Panels (2001- )

[Appointment: Nominated Trustee from Society of Friends]

Barry Miller


Ministry of Technology, Ministry of Defence, Civil Service Department (1961-2002)

RCDS (1984)

Director General Defence Quality Assurance (1986-1992)

Director General of Test and Evaluation (1992-1994)

Director General Finance (Procurement Executive) (1994-1996)

Assistant Under-Secretary (Naval Personnel) (1996-1999)

Director General of Service Personnel Policy (1999-2002)

[Appointment ends March 2012]

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Rear Admiral Charles Montgomery CBE

Joined the Royal Navy in September 1973.  After BRNC Dartmouth, went to Sheffield University to gain an honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.

Served in a number of frigates and a minesweeper, and as the Royal Household Officer in HMY BRITANNIA. 

Operations and Underwater Warfare Officer in HMS AMAZON from 1984 until 1986. 

Naval Assistant to Commander-in-Chief Fleet, Allied Commander-in-Chief Channel and Commander-in-Chief Eastern Atlantic Area at the Joint National and NATO Headquarters in Northwood. 

Executive Officer and second in command of HMS HERMIONE (1989), being selected for promotion to Commander. 

Assumed command of HMS BEAVER, a Type 22 frigate, in April 1991 deploying to the Gulf, Asia Pacific and Eastern Atlantic. 

1993 joined the Directorate of Defence Policy within the Ministry of Defence Central Staff assuming particular responsibility for policy outside NATO and for maritime aspects of defence.  Became a Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Defence from 1995 to 1997, serving two administrations.  Promoted to Captain.

A 3 year appointment in the Naval Recruiting and Training Agency was followed by appointment to the Naval Staff, with responsibility for the Navy’s strategic planning and for its future force development. 

2004 promoted to Commodore and appointed the Director of Naval Personnel Strategy. 

March 2006 appointed as Commodore of the Maritime Warfare School and Commanding Officer HMS COLLINGWOOD. 

April 2007 promotion to Rear Admiral and appointed Naval Secretary/Chief of Staff(Personnel)

Commodore Thomas Morton RN

Career: Commanded: HMS Leeds Castle (1984-1985)

HMS Sirius (1988-1990)

Staff Officer responsible for implementation of RN CIS Policy DNW (1990-1992)

Assistant Chief of Staff CIS on staff of Commander in Chief Channel and

Eastern Atlantic (1992-1994)

Commanded HMS Coventry and 1st FS (1994-996)

Assistant Chief of Staff (Warfare) FOSF (1996-1998)

Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations, Plans and Policy), NATO and

Senior British Officer, Portugal (1998-2001)

Administrator at Portsmouth Cathedral (2001- )

[Appointment ends March 2012]

Kenneth George Robinson CBE FTS

Independent advisor on Tourism and Visitor Attractions. 

Current appointments include:

Chairman, Visitor Attractions Forum, UK

Vice Chair and Board Member, The Tourism Alliance

Council Member, The Tourism Society and Think Tank Chairman

Vice Chairman, Partners for England

Member, British Tourism Development Committee

Board Member, Tourism South East

Vice Chair, Sail South East England

Member of the Royal Yachting Association Marketing Committee

Has been principal consultant on numerous projects and studies for appraisals and development of leisure, recreation, and attractions projects for the UNWTO, government departments and agencies, major private sector companies, local authorities, trusts and private investors. Many projects have focussed on Museums and Maritime Heritage.

[Appointment ends March 2013]

Commodore David Steel RN


Joined Royal Navy (1979).

Read Law, Durham University (Graduated 1983)

Called to the Bar (1988)

Appointed Executive Assistant to the Captain of HMS Neptune (1989)

Supply Officer on board HMS Avenger (1990-91)

Fleet Legal Adviser on the staff of C-in-C Fleet (1991-94)

Promoted Commander (1994)

Attended Joint Services Defence College (1994)

Returned to staff of C-in-C Fleet as Fleet Legal and Personnel Officer and as a Judge advocate at courts-martial (1995-98)

Commander Logistics, HMS Invincible (1998) including operational deployments to the Gulf and Adriatic

Awarded Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (2000)

Joined staff of Second Sea Lord (2000)

Promoted Captain (2000)

Chief Staff Officer (Personnel and Logisitcs) to FOSF (2000 – 2002)

Chief Staff Officer (Logistics) to C-in-C Fleet (2002)

Secretary and Executive Assistant to the First Sea Lord (2003 – 2005)

Promoted Commodore (2005)

Naval Base Commander Portsmouth (since November 2005)

Member of FCIPD & FCILT

[Appointment: Ex-Officio]

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Charles Martin Wilson


Royal Marines (1953-55)

Editorial Executive, Daily Mail (1960-74)

Assistant Editor, London Evening News (1974-76)

Editor of the Glasgow Evening Times, the Glasgow Herald,

Scottish Sunday Standard (1976-1982)

Executive Editor of the Times (1982-1984)

Acting Editor, Chicago Sun Times (1984)

Deputy Editor of the Times (1984-1985)

Editor of the Times (1985-1990)

Managing Director, Sporting Life (1991-1998)

Editorial Director, Mirror Group plc (1991-1992)

Managing Director, Mirror Group plc (1992-1998)

Member of the Youth Justice Board

Non Executive Director Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Member of the Board of the Countryside Alliance

[Appointment ends March 2009]

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[Portsmouth City Council Nominated Trustee] - Currently vacant