Our Committee

Professor William Philpott

I joined the department of War Studies in September 2001 as a lecturer in military history, becoming Professor of the History of Warfare in 2011. I was previously a member of the Department in 1991–2, when I was a research fellow working for a collaborative research project investigating British civil–military relations, 'Government and the Armed forces in Britain, 1856-1990'. Before returning to the department I held teaching appointments in European and international history at the University of North London, Bradford University, and London Guildhall University. I have been Secretary General of the British Commission for Military History, 2009–14 and served on the Council of the Army Records Society from 1998–2009, holding the office of Honorary Secretary, 2000–2005. I was a member and chair of the University of London’s Military Education Committee, 2006–12. I was a councilor of the National Army Museum from 2011–2017 and remain a co-opted member of its Collections Committee and Research and Collections Advisory Panel

Andrew Grainger

Andy GraingerAndy Grainger took a degree in History at the University of Reading in 1975. He has spent most of his working life collecting Inheritance Tax though latterly assisting owners of historic houses and works of art to give public access to them. He now consults for a major auction house. He served in the Royal Artillery (TA) during the Cold War and joined the BCMH in 1994, serving on the committee as Editor of Mars & Clio from 2004 to 2011. Andy returned to the General Committee of the BCMH in February 2014 and was elected Secretary General in February 2015.


Ian Brewer

Ian graduated in history at Leeds University in 1975 following which he joined the (then) Inland Revenue. In 1996 he entered private practice specialising in the valuation of intellectual property.  He has an interest in a wide range of military history but particularly the American Civil War following a presentation to him at school of the biography of Stonewall Jackson by G F R Henderson. He joined the BCMH Committee as Treasurer in 2017 and combines it with a keen interest in dining, fine wines and rugby.


Mrs Mary Brewer
Membership Secretary

Mary took a BA in History at Leeds and joined the Committee in 2018 as Membership Secretary having previously assisted Dan Whittingham in that role since 2017. She is also Treasurer and Membership Secretary of the Friends of the Lines of Torres Vedras (FLTV).


Dr Daniel Whittingham
International Secretary

Dan WhittinghamDr Daniel Whittingham is Lecturer in War Studies at the Department of History, University of Birmingham.  He holds a BA in History from the University of Oxford, and an MA in the History of Warfare from the Department of War Studies at King's College London.  He completed his PhD at the Department of War Studies, King's College London, in April 2013.  He joined the BCMH in 2010 and represented the BCMH at the PhD workshop at the ICMH Congress in Amsterdam that year.  His PhD, a study of the military thought and professional career of Charles E. Callwell, is currently being prepared for publication.


Dr Tim Gale
Assistant Secretary General

Tim GaleDr Tim Gale was awarded his PhD by the Department of War Studies, King’s College London for his work on French tank development and operations in the First World War. He has contributed chapters on this subject in several academic books, as well as other work on the French Army during the Great War. Tim has made a special study of the career of the controversial French First World War General, Charles Mangin. His first book, The French Army’s Tank Force and the Development of Armoured Warfare in the Great War was published in 2013 by Ashgate Publishing.


Professor Anne Curry

Professor Anne Curry is the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Southampton. She joined the BCMH Committee in 2018 to offer assistance with our conferences and activities relating to the medieval era.

Col Nick Lipscombe

Nick Lipscombe MSc, FRHistS is a historian specialising in the Napoleonic Wars and in particular the Peninsular War. He has written numerous books and papers on matters relating to the Napoleonic wars. His first book, An Atlas and Concise Military History of the Peninsular War was published in 2010 and was selected as the Daily Telegraph (History) Book of the Year. He is recognised as a world authority on the battles and battlefields of the Iberian Peninsula and Southern France.

Nick was born in 1958 in Angers, France and served for thirty-four years in the British Army where he saw considerable operational service. He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006.

Nick joined the BCMH Committee in 2018.

Sarah Ashbridge
Public Engagement & Media
Dr John Peaty
Military Heritage and Secretary to the Committee

John PeatyDr John Peaty is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Geographical Society. He holds a PhD and MA in War Studies from King’s College London. He is the Chair of the Templer Committee of the Society for Army Historical Research, a Founder Member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society, a Life Member of the Institute of Historical Research, a member of the Royal United Services Institute and the Convenor of the Historical Military Mapping Group of the British Cartographic Society. He has published articles and essays and lectured widely on military history. He is an inveterate battlefield tourer. He works for the Ministry of Defence, where he was formerly with the Army Historical Branch.  For many years the International Secretary of the British Commission for Military History he now has responsibility for liaising with groups involved with the maintenance of our military heritage.

Will Fletcher
Post Grad rep

Will Fletcher joined the BCMH Committee in 2018.  A student at King's College London his project is entitled: 'Scientific Soldiers?' The Quartermaster General's Department and the Peninsular War (1808-1814).  He is one of the Committee's links with the military history Post Graduate community, together with Zack White.

Will and zack are organising the Summer Conference in September 2019, War and Peace in the Age of Napoleon




Zack White
Post Grad rep

Zack White joined the BCMH Committee in 2018 and together with Will Fletcher is one our the Committtee's links with the Post Graduate community. Zack is based at the University of Southampton and currently working on a PhD thesis on discipline in the British Army during the Peninsular War, and compiling a database (to be published at a future date) of crimes committed by soldiers during this period.

Zack and Will are organising the Summer Conference in September 2019, War and Peace in the Age of Napoleon