Chairman:  Colin Wheldon James 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7  

Colin is an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association. He was formerly chairman of the HA’s Branches & Members Committee and a Trustee of the Association. Within the Branch, as well as being chairman, he is manager of the Community Outreach Speakers Group and, within the Chronicle editorial team, he is the editor of the branch magazine. Colin is a History graduate of the University of Wales Swansea, where he also gained a Diploma in Local History. He lectures Medieval European History at Swansea University’s Department of Adult Continuing Education and is a tutor with the Branch’s Outclass Learning team. He holds membership of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and is chairman of the Llansamlet Historical Society. His published works include matters of medieval European history and British social history. In addition, he is a director of Pastoral Audiobooks, a company producing talking books with historical topics.

Treasurer:  Raymond Savage 1, 3, 4, 5, 7

Ray was born in Birmingham but has spent most of his life in the Swansea area. He studied Chemistry in Swansea and Liverpool. After short spells working for Kraft Foods in Manchester and Duport Steel in Neath he joined International Nickel [INCO (Europe) and which is now called Vale INCO]. Ray worked as a Research Chemist helping in the development of new processes and in some cases taking the new process through all stages from initial bench work to full scale production. There were many changes of role over the years and he completed his working life in the role of Environmental Officer. He retired in 2000. He is interested in music and history, sings in a Male Voice choir and also helps children with their reading in a local primary school. As well as being Treasurer of the Swansea branch of the Historical Association, he is an active member of the branch’s Outreach Speakers Group and is secretary of the Llansamlet Historical Society.

Vice-chairman:  David Grindrod 2

David grew up and was educated in Sussex where he started his first career: a police constable in the Sussex Police Force. Within a couple of years he moved on to his second career: Health Service Finance. Following this, he moved on to Kent, and then in 1975 to Carmarthen where he worked in assorted Health Service positions until finally retiring from West Wales General Hospital in 2010. So far as committee experience is concerned, David has been treasurer of trade union branches for a part of his career and since his retirement has been chairman of the Friends of Carmarthenshire County Museum and the Carmarthen branch of the University of the Third Age. He is currently manager of the Branch’s Outclass Courses Group, treasurer of Cwmduad Community Centre and chairman of the U3A West Wales Network.

Branch Executive Officers

Secretary:  Carol David 2

Carol was born and educated in Swansea. After working for the local Health Authority, she moved to Swansea University where she became a departmental administrator. Carol is a graduate of Swansea University where she gained a joint-honours degree in English and History. During this time Dr John Law was one of her tutors and with him, Colin James (branch chairman) and Claire Vivian (former branch secretary), the then dormant Swansea branch was resurrected and has gone on to become one of the most successful branches of the Historical Association. Carol is a former vice-chair of the branch and is the present branch secretary. She is also a member of U3A, and for the past nine years has been involved as a researcher with Swansea Museum in computerising and giving accession numbers to a wide variety of their collection of animal and plant fossils, shells, postcards and photographs.