Our Committee

Seb Cox
President
Dr Tim Gale
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. He served as the BCMH Treasurer from 2011 to 2015 and as Assistant Secretary General from 2015 to 2022. He was elected Secretary General in 2022.

secgen@bcmh.org.uk

Tim Halstead
Treasurer

Tim Halstead was elected Treasurer in 2022.

treasurer@bcmh.org.uk

Dr John Peaty

John Peaty is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and of the Royal Historical Society. He holds a PhD and MA in War Studies from King’s College London, where he also attended the intelligence studies programme. He was elected to the Committee of the British Commission for Military History in 2024, having done so with one break for many years (formerly in the post of International Secretary). He is a founder member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society. He is a Fellow of the Society for Army Historical Research, on whose Council he served for many years (as the Chair of the Templer Medal book prize). He is the Convenor of the Historical Military Mapping Group and a Council member of the British Cartographic Society, a Committee member of the Royal Engineers Historical Society, a member of the National Army Museum’s Research and Collections Advisory Panel and a life member of the University of London’s Institute of Historical Research. He has lectured widely to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, both in the UK and overseas. He has published articles, chapters and essays. He worked at the Ministry of Defence for many years, including at the Army Historical Branch, the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency and Defence Intelligence. He was closely involved with the British Army’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War. He has guided both military and civilian groups around battlefields across the globe.

Dr Harry Raffal

Dr Harry Raffal was elected to the BCMH Committee in 2022.

He is the Head of Collections and Research at the Royal Air Force Museum and holds a doctorate from the University of Hull for his thesis on the operations of the RAF and Luftwaffe during the evacuation of Dunkirk. He is a Committee member of the RAF Historical Society and is the Vice-Chair of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Aeronautical Heritage Group. He has previously published research on the RAF in the Battle of France, the Third Afghan War and the online development of the Ministry of Defence and Armed Forces.

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Chloe Storer
Dr Andrew Wheale

Andy Wheale joined the BCMH Committee in 2024.