Who we are

Who’s who

Vice-President:   Iris Bolton

Chairman:   Robert Smith

Secretary:   Elizabeth Velluet

Treasurer:   Roberta Turner

Committee members:

Alyson Barr (Publications sales)
Johanna Coombes  (Membership Secretary)
Simon Fowler (Editor, Richmond History journal, and Vice-Chair)

Other volunteers assisting the committee:

Christopher Barclay (Membership)
Leonard Chave (Publishing)
Rose Constantine (Visits and catering)
Joan Marsh (Copy editing and proofreading)
Chris Newport (IT)

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Robert Smith

After acting in the role from November 2014, Robert Smith was elected Chairman at the Society’s Annual General Meeting in May 2015. He also edits the Society’s website and runs its Facebook page and Twitter account.

Robert has lived in Kew since 1993. His career has been in marketing and communications, including five years running the press department at The National Archives.

He said: “Founded in 1985 by the late John Cloake, The Richmond Local History Society has made a very significant contribution to our understanding of the history of Richmond, Kew, Petersham and Ham. But its work deserves to be better known and I hope to encourage more people, particularly local residents, to join us in learning about and discovering the history of the area.”

Simon Fowler

Simon Fowler is Vice-Chair of the Society and also edits our annual journal, Richmond History.

Simon has been a member of the Society since it was set up. He is a professional writer, researcher and teacher specialising in the two world wars and the 20th century. Simon used to work at The National Archives in Kew where his many roles included editing its family history magazine, Ancestors.