Our Guides

Below is a listing of our current team of guides along with some information about their experience & specialisms.

 
 
Steve Clarke

Steve Clarke, BA (Hons), PGCE

Degree in History & PGCE from Hull University with 30 years' teaching experience in secondary schools in Hull. Head of Humanities & prior to retiring was an Assistant Head. Steve is a Regional Volunteer for The War Memorials Trust. Steve joined Galina in 2010, having led school groups as a client for a number of years.

  • Guide Experience: History & RS Tours, The Western Front, The Netherlands

  • Area of Special Interest: The Western Front
 
 
 
 
 Bruce Hubbard

Bruce Hubbard BA (Hons), PGCE, DASE

Degree is History. Bruce is a retired secondary school teacher with over 30 years' experience. He was a former Head of History & Humanities. Bruce is a local councillor & former Mayor of Maghull, Liverpool. Long-standing member of the Western Front Association & the Great War Forum. He has worked for Galina since 2007 & was a school client for several years previously.

  • Guide Experience: History & RS Tours, The Western Front, Amsterdam & Vught

  • Area of Special Interest: Liverpool Scottish on the Western Front
 
 
 
 
 Steve Lomas

Steve Lomas BEd, MEd, Cert Ed

Masters in History of Education from Manchester. Steve has over 30 years' experience teaching History, having been Head of History in three different schools during this time. He has also been a Head of Year & G&T Co-ordinator. Steve has been an examiner for AQA & OCR as well as a Senior Examiner for Edexcel SHP.

  • Guide Experience: History Tours

  • Areas of Special Interest: Western Front, Medicine Through Time
 
 
 
 
 Dr Barry Matthews

Dr Barry Matthews BA(Hons), MA, PGCE, PhD

Barry was an English teacher, Head of Department & Head of Faculty before leaving the profession and establishing Galina in 1989.  He is the company’s current Chairman.  After more than 25 years’ leading poetry and battlefield tours, he is one of Galina’s most experienced guides.

  • Guide Experience: English Literature/Poetry, RS and History Tours

  • Areas of Special Interest: Wilfred Owen, Western Front, Battle of Arnhem
   
   
 Ian Matthews

Ian Matthews Ba (Hons) Oxon., MA, PGCE

Ian was a former Head of History in a Liverpool Comprehensive & a GCSE examiner before he joined Galina in 1992. He has developed a number of our most popular tours including several to the battlefields of the First & Second World Wars, Germany & the Netherlands. He is currently the company's Managing Director. He has more than 23 years’ experience as a guide.

  • Guide experience: Western Front, Dunkirk, Normandy, Arnhem, Berlin & Amsterdam
  • Areas of Special Interest: Western Front, Waterloo, Normandy, Third Reich
   
   
 Julian Maslin

Julian Maslin BSc, MSc, PGCE

First degree in Geography & Geology & PGCE (Distinction) at the University of London. MSc in Geomorphology from Sheffield University. Julian has worked in education for more than 30 years lecturing in Geography & Earth Sciences at Stafford College. He has been a Faculty Manager & Senior Lecturer for the last ten years & has experience as an examiner for both GCSE & A Level. Julian is also a volunteer guide at RAF Scampton's Heritage Centre.

  • Guide Experience: Geography Tours, History Tours, London & Paris Tour Director

  • Areas of Special Interest: Physical Geography, the RAF in WWII
   
   
Kath Murray

Kath Murray BSc, PGCE

Degree in Geography & PGCE from Liverpool University. Kath has taught Geography at secondary level for over 16 years. She has been Head of Geography & has also taught History & Religious Studies. Kath has travelled extensively in Europe & has also led many field trips within the UK for GCSE Geography groups. She is also a Subject Specialist Consultant for Galina & is currently helping to develop our new UK tours.

  • Guide Experience: Geography Tours, Tour Director in Paris & London

  • Areas of Special Interest: Coastal Geography & Impacts of Tourism
   
   
David Nunn

Dr David Nunn BA, MA, MEd, PGCE, PhD

David has over 30 years' experience teaching History & English in secondary schools & lecturing to undergraduates at Derby & Nottingham universities. He has worked closely with Nottinghamshire County Council to research the impact of the Great War on the county. David has given numerous presentations to Western Front Association branches & historical societies in the East Midlands, Birmingham, Bedfordhire & Hertfordshire.  David is a regular theatre-goer & cricketer. He is currently vice chair of Kimberley Town Council.

  • Guide Experience: Western Front Poetry Tours, History Tours

  • Areas of Special Interest: Literature of the Great War, Nottinghamshire & the Warfare State 1914-18
   
   
 Robin Stewart

Robin Stewart BEd, DSME, Cert Ed

Robin has over 35 years' experience as a teacher/lecturer. Robin has taught English Language, Literature & Drama in both secondary & higher education. He has organised numerous residential experiences for students including theatrical productions, sports & battlefield tours during his teaching career. Robin has worked as a guide with Galina since January 2008, leading tours to France, Belgium & the Netherlands. Prior to becoming a guide, Robin led school groups as a client with Galina for four years.

  • Guide Experience: English, History & RS Tours to the Western Front, Arnhem & Normandy

  • Area of Special Interest: Literature of the Great War (August - September 1914)
   
   
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Mary has a B.Sc (Econ) from the London School of Economics (special subjects Economic, Urban, Social, Environmental and Historic Geography). For many years, she guided the London Borough of Newham's weekly Regeneration tour. Urban regeneration, especially in East London and the Olympic Park area, is one of her specialities. A Blue Badge Guide for 45 years, Mary speaks French and German fluently and has worked for a long time as a tour manager in Europe and Asia and was an assistant purser on P & O cruise ships.

  • Guide Experience: Urban Regeneartion Tours, East London

  • Areas of Special Interest: Urban Environments, Econonic Geography, Horticulture
   
   
 Len Trim

Len Trim BA (Hons), PGCE

First Class Honours degree in History from the Open University & PGCE from Edinburgh University. Honours level courses in both medieval & modern history from Dundee University. Len has taught History in Scotland to Advanced Higher level & has been an examiner for the SQA. Prior to his career in teaching, Len was a paratrooper & member of the First Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. He also took part in the jump scenes in the filming of 'A Bridge Too Far'.

  • Guide Experience: History & English Literature Tours

  • Areas of Special Interest: Literature of the Great War & airborne involvement in WW2
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