Our Committee

Professor Charles Esdaile

Professor Charles Esdaile is a historian working at the interface of military, political and social history, He is a specialist on Spain in the Revolutionary and Napoleonic era, and, more specifically the Peninsular War of 1808-14. However, his work has also ranged over the history of Spain in the whole period from 1788 to 1939, as well as the general history of Napoleon and his empire. He was elected President of the BCMH in February 2017.




Ian Brewer
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.








Dr Tony Cowan
Secretary to the Committee

Tony CowanDr Tony Cowan is a former British diplomat who took a PhD at King’s College London. His thesis is on German operational command on the Western Front in 1917. He has contributed book chapters on regional identities in the German army, and on the development of German defensive tactics. He co-ordinates BCMH’s work on the First World War centenary.








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.










Dr Matthew Ford
Editor-in-Chief, British Journal for Military History

matthew-fordDr Matthew Ford is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. Matthew has a PhD from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London (KCL); an MA in War Studies from KCL and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Reading. Matthew has published in a number of journals including the Journal of Strategic Studies, Small Wars and Insurgencies, War in History, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Parameters, the journal of the US Army War College. His research interests focus on military innovation; socio-technical change; the social construction of military effects and strategy. Matthew is a former West Point Fellow and winner of the Society for Military History’s Russell F. Weigley Graduate award. Matthew is an Honorary Historical Consultant to the Royal Armouries.






Dr Daniel Whittingham
Membership 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 John Peaty
International Secretary

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 International Secretary of the British Commission for Military History, 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.