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Chairman: John Ashley 1
John is a graduate of the Open University, and has spent most of his working life
in the IT industry. When he returned to Swansea after several years in the Caribbean
he successfully studied for an Advanced Diploma in Local History at the University
of Oxford. At Swansea University’s Department of Adult Continuing Education, John
teaches Business Communication Skills, First Steps in Family History, Further Steps
in Family History, Web Presence for the Non-
Executive Secretary: Colin Wheldon James 1 2 3 4 5
Colin is an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association. Nationally, he is chairman of the HA’s Branches & Members Committee and also sits on the Executive Committee and the Council of Trustees. Within the Branch, as well as being executive secretary, he is manager of both the Community Outreach Group and the Outclass Learning Group, and is group leader of the Swansea Castle Group. Colin is a History graduate of the University of Wales Swansea, where he also gained a Diploma in Local History, and he lectures Medieval European History at Swansea University’s Department of Adult Continuing Education. He holds membership of the Royal Historical Society, the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and is chairman of both Swansea Your Story and Llansamlet Historical Society . His published works include A Study Based on the Clerk’s Report Book of the Swansea Local Board of Health, 1855–1866, ‘Swansea’s First Charter’ (in Minerva, vol xii), ‘The Miraculous Crusade’ (in The Historian, vol 105), ‘Out and About in Swansea Castle’ (in The Historian, vol 118) and ‘The Decline of Capital Punishment in the 19th Century’ (in Llanelli Miscellany, no 29). In addition, he is a director of Pastoral Audiobooks (a company producing talking books with historical topics). In his spare moments he plays guitar and reads, but not at the same time.
Treasurer: Raymond Savage 1 3 5
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 Community Outreach Group.
Carol is a former member of staff of Swansea University where she was a Department
administrator in the Staff Development Unit. While at Swansea, she undertook a part-
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