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The Richard III Society

Promoting research into the life and times of Richard III since 1924

Patron: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO

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The Governance of the Richard III Society

How it is run

HRH Duke of Gloucester
Society Patron
HRH The Duke of Gloucester
The Society is an unincorporated body bound by a constitution and managed by an Executive Committee elected annually at the AGM, which takes place each year close to the 2nd of October. Also elected annually at the AGM are the Society's President and Vice Presidents. The holders of these offices are members of the Society who have given exceptional service to the Society over many years and although these rôles do not attract specific responsibilities, some of the holders still provide invaluable service to the Society.

The Society is also very proud to have royal patronage, which was granted over a quarter of a century ago, and it is particularly poignant that the Patron bears the same first name and ducal title as Richard III – HRH Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

The Society has members all over the world, and certain geographical areas, such as North America and Australasia, are semi-autonomous. However, the whole is in the charge of the Executive which is based in the UK. Reporting to this Committee (hereinafter called the Executive) are a number of standing committees and occasional working parties. Linked to all of these are the Branches and Groups which provide activities for members at a more 'grass roots' level, and which also report to the Executive. The Executive Committee is the principal governing body of the Society, and according to the Constitution, it may have 15 elected members and a further six co-opted as required.

Other activities undertaken by members of the Executive include liaison with the village of Fotheringhay and its church, with its very strong Ricardian connections; trustees of the Richard III & Yorkist History Trust, the charity arm of the society; and with the Ricardian Churches Restoration Fund (RCRF), which raises money to assist the five churches known to have been connected with Richard III.


Executive Committee/Board of the Company

The Society is currently transitioning from unincorporated Society, run by an Executive Committee, to a Company (limited by guarantee) run by a Board. At the head of the Executive/Board is the Chairman. As well as chairing meetings, he also plays an active role in many ways, especially as a member of several standing committees.

In no particular order, the other members of the Executive Committee, which include formal and less formal roles, are:

  • The Deputy Chairman who covers for the Chairman if he is unable to attend meetings or events;
  • The Editor of The Ricardian who is responsible for the learned journal of the Society, published once a year and, on which the Society's academic record is founded;
  • The Research Officer whose purpose is to liaise with the academic community, oversee the various projects of a research nature, administer the Society's bursaries, organize conferences, etc, and who facilitates members' own research;
  • There is an ex-officio member who chairs the Bulletin Editorial Committee and is the first point of contact for the magazine;
  • The Membership Officer who is responsible for handling membership enquiries and applications, maintaining the Society's database of members, collecting and administering subscriptions and all other aspects related to the membership function;
  • Another officer maintains an archive of press cuttings; and
  • The Business Manager looks after the publication and distribution of the Society's journals.


Standing committees and Working parties

The standing committees and working parties that report to the Executive are:

  • The Research Committee which is a group of academics and other interested parties who meet under the chairmanship of the Research Officer and whose rôle is to encourage research in Richard III and the later Middle Ages, to encourage the development of research groups within the Society and to develop the research programme of the Society.
  • The Ways and Means Sub-Committee serves to review Society projects, to assess their feasibility and possible cost implications. It is an advisory body and reports back to the Executive which then makes decision based on the W&M report.
  • The Education Working Party has been re-constituted to examine how the Society can assist Schools in the awareness of King Richard III and the Wars of the Roses in the pre-Tudor period.
  • The Bulletin Editorial Committee produces the Bulletin, the quarterly magazine of the Society. This publication is the key tool for communicating with the membership and, as well as updating them on all Society activities, provides a forum for discussion, news of related medieval topics and is a publication to which less experienced historians can contribute articles.



There are several volunteers who are not Executive Committee members but who manage key areas of the Society's activities. These are:

  • Library Coordinator (leading a team of four librarians);
  • Web Content Manager;
  • Advertising Officer; and
  • Facebook team.

In addition to the above there are many other members of the Society who generously donate their time to support the full range of services to the wider membership and the Executive would like to take this opportunity of acknowledging their important contribution. They are active in the fields of research, publications, visits, sales, fund raising and event administration.

This may seem like a lot of bureaucracy for a Society of this size, but it has proved necessary, and its justification may be seen in what the Society has achieved – and what it is continuing to achieve – under its stated aims of promoting awareness of the life and times of Richard III.


Elected Officers

President & Vice Presidents

The elected officers at present are:

President: Peter Hammond
Peter joined the Society in the 1960s and served on the Executive Committee from 1970 until 2001. He was research officer for the same period. Peter chairs the Ways and Means Sub-Committee.

Vice President: Carolyn Hammond
Carolyn has been a member of the Society since the 1960's and served on the Executive Committee from 1965 to 2001.  She was Librarian from 1970 to 2001 and now acts as Library Coordinator, reporting to the Executive through the Secretary.

Vice President: Kitty Bristow
Kitty has been chairperson of the London and Home Counties Branch and is an energetic fund raiser for the Society.

Vice President: Rob Smith
Rob is chairman/secretary of the New Zealand Branch.

Vice President: Elizabeth Nokes
Elizabeth is a former editor of the Bulletin and was secretary of the Society for many years.

Executive Committee/Board of the Company

Metthew LewisChairman: Matthew Lewis
Matt is an author and historian whose work focusses on the Wars of the Roses and Richard III. A member of the Society since 2011, he was elected as Chair in 2021.

Stephen YorkDeputy Chair: Stephen York
Stephen joined the Society in 2009, about the same time as he retired from a full time career in book publishing. He has been a member of the EC and then the Board since 2011 and as Business and Distribution Manager worked closely with the Membership Officer on the distribution of the Ricardian Bulletin and other publications. He was also Technical Editor of the Bulletin from 2012. Stephen served on the Constitution Working Party and was one of the team that digitised Society publications. Stephen’s main area of interest on the Board is the future promotion of the Society’s status and voice to key external audiences – the media, the academic world, and the general public. Stephen was appointed Deputy Chair of the Society in 2021.

John WhitingTreasurer: John Whiting
John’s career was in taxation, mostly with PwC but after retiring early he spent 10 years in various governmental roles. Having been a member of the Society for over 40 years, reducing workloads allowed John to volunteer for the Treasurer position, which he has held since April 2019.

Sue OllierSociety Secretary: Sue Ollier
Susan joined the Society in 2012 and was co-opted to the EC as Secretary in 2018. She has been an active member of the Constitution Working Party (CWP) and manages the Society’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Susan’s background is as a project manager in clinical research, which led to her serving in a voluntary role on the Board of the Institute of Clinical Research serving the final two years as Chair. She is also a trustee of a local breast cancer charity.

Jayne Adams
Jayne Adams
Recently retired after 40 years in International Banking and Financial Services, Jayne is now an Independent Monitoring Board Member for her local prison. A passionate member of the Richard III Society since 2013, she also likes to indulge her heartfelt interest in genealogical research, which has recently resulted in her completing her first novel.

Norma Benathan
Norma Benethan
Norma has been an active member of the Society for 20 years and is currently Secretary for the Yorkshire Branch, Treasurer for the Penrith and North Lakes Group, and Events Co-ordinator for the Scottish Branch.

Amanda Geary
Communications Manager: Amanda Geary
Amanda was the Society’s Communications Manager from 2017-2020 and was re-appointed to that role in 2021. She was instrumental in the Society’s response to the proposed building on Bosworth Battlefield and, as a result, received the Battlefields Trust Award in 2019 for outstanding personal contribution.

Julia Langham
Julia Langham
Julia is the Administrator and Host for the regular Zoom lectures and was recently appointed Membership Officer. She is also Secretary of the Arun Group.

Philippa Langley
PR and Media Officer: Philippa Langley
Philippa is a writer/producer who led the Looking for Richard Project in 2012 and is currently leading the Missing Princes Project. A member of the Society since 1998, Philippa founded the Scottish Branch in 1999 and was its Secretary.

Wendy Moorhen

Chair of the Ricardian Bulletin Committee: Wendy Moorhen
Wendy joined the Society in 1987 and was Deputy Chair from 2012-2015. Wendy has also variously served as Research Officer (2001-2008) and Editor of the Ricardian Bulletin (2006-2008) and was also instrumental in organising the Society’s events programme for the king’s reinterment in 2015. She was appointed Chair of the Bulletin Committee in 2021.

Helena SmithBranches & Groups Liaison Officer: Helena Smith

Anne SuttonEditor - The Ricardian: Anne Sutton
Anne has served on the Committee since the 1970s and was appointed editor of The Ricardian in 1977. The publication of the Festschrift edition of the journal in 2003 marked her 25 years as editor.

Christopher Tinmouth
Christopher Tinmouth
Christopher is currently studying for a PhD at Lancaster University, researching Furness Abbey in the 15th century. He is Chair of the South Cumbria Branch and works as a tour guide at Lancaster Castle. Christopher also translated and transcribed the Honour of Pontefract Accounts for the Missing Princes Project.

Jane Trump
Jane Trump
Jane has had an interest in history from an early age and her interest in Richard III was piqued through reading Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time. Jane joined the Society in 1995 and was Secretary for the Thames Valley Group from 1999 to 2004. In 2001 Jane became the Barton Librarian, hosting the non-fiction books and co-ordinating the whole Barton Library. She gave up this post in 2006 to become Society Secretary, a role she held for 3 years before having to resign due to the pressures of her full-time job. Jane has also been a member of the Research Committee, being their Secretary from 2006 to 2009. Jane retired in 2020 from a long career within an IT consultancy company as a senior PA and Team Manager within the HR department and values the opportunity to use her corporate experience and skills to make a positive contribution to the strategic direction of the Society.

Other Society Officers

Kate DungateWeb Content and RIII Mailings Manager: Katie Dungate.
Katie has been a member of the Society since 2012 but was an ‘interested outsider’ for a long time before finally joining having developed an interest in Richard III, his life and times during her school years. After the discovery of Richard’s remains, Katie answered the call for more volunteers to support the surge in interest, starting with managing the RIII Mailings list before being assigned caretaking duties of the Society’s website from 2015. She works closely with the Society’s Communications Manager, Amanda Geary, to keep members informed about Ricardian events and news via the website and Society mailing list, reaching a truly global audience. She is also a member of the Society’s Web Committee, which seeks to keep the Society’s digital presence as fresh and dynamic as possible.

Iain FarrellEducation Officer: Iain Farrell.

Alec MarshEditor — Ricardian Bulletin: Alec Marsh.

Peter Hammond Research Officer: Peter Hammond.