Centre Staff

Anne Wickes is Office Manager and as such handles the day-to-day running of the Centre.

Anne knows the Archive very well and in her years at the Centre she has met and interviewed many who have donated their memories to it. Her knowledge and resourcefullness in locating information and sources for research in the archive and the  wider world is well respected.

SWWEC Trustees are… Personnel and Trustees

Kelvin Bell | BA FCA
Was educated at Wolstanton County Grammar School and graduated from Liverpool University before qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse.

He has a wealth of Commercial and industrial experience serving as Managing Director of engineering and technology based organisations and latterly his own company.

Kelvin has also worked with mental health and youth based charities. For many years Kelvin has had a keen interest in all aspects of the Second World War and was delighted to join the Board of Trustees in July 2008.

Robert Fleming | FIOD
Educated at Carlton Grammar school, Bradford; Robert joined the RAF as an airman in 1974  he retired as Flight Lieutenant in 1985 following service home and overseas including the Falklands in 1982.
As Trustee he is assisting the Centre in making the collection and resources available to a much wider audience, helping to realise its educational value and increasing his own awareness of the Second World War in the process.

Although his lifetime passion is very much linked – a pilot, he has been involved in restoration and operation of mainly historic aircraft, including the WWII Spitfire, Hurricane, Buchon (Me109), Sopwith ‘Pup’ and several other important examples of civilian and late WWI types. The current or past members of The Real Aeroplane Company fleet are often seen in public displays, operated from Breighton airfield in Yorkshire.

Robert, co-founder of a very successful plc technology company, remains active in high tech companies, the care industry, recruitment, property and aviation.

Major-General Henry Woods  CB MBE MC DL DLitt MA FRSA
Henry combines military experience going back to the Second World War with strong educational interests. He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford, where he gained a First class degree in History. Commissioned in the 5th Dragoon Guards (on which he has written a book), he served with distinction from 1944-5 and post-war in Korea and Egypt. Later he commanded the Royal Armoured Corps Centre in Dorset and was GOC North-East District. Since leaving the service in 1980, he started and ran the West Yorkshire Science and Technology Regional Organisation until 1987, when he became Director of the St. William’s Foundation in York, from which he retired recently and of which he is Vice-President.

The Journal …

Amanda Herbert-Davies Editor of the Centre Journal.
Amanda has an honours degree in Conservation and Restoration of Historic Art, is an author in her own right, her recent book Children in The Second Word War. Amanda has been a volunteer at the Centre for some years where in addition to a wide range of work she has for the last several issues been editor of our journal, Everyone’s War.
Email editor@war-experience.org