skip to Main Content

How we Work

The Royal Anglian Regiment Museum is an entirely independent charity registered with the Charity Commission (Registered Charity Number 1039930).

The Museum was set up in 1996 with generous donations from a wide variety of individuals, commercial organisations and charitable trusts. We receive a small annual grant from the Ministry of Defence but otherwise rely on donations and investment income to cover our operating costs.

The Museum is run by a Board of Trustees, all of whom serve on a voluntary basis. Our sole employee is our Curator, Miss Melissa Kozlenko. A number of volunteers generously help in the running of the Museum. If you are interested in joining our Volunteer Team please contact us.

Want to know more detail? Click here to download a copy of our latest annual report and accounts as submitted to the Charity Commission.

Trustees

Name: Lieutenant Colonel P G R Horrell TD DL (Peter)
Bio:  Though now retired, Peter spent his entire working life in his old family dairy farming business in Peterborough.  He joined the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion of the Regiment at 18, being commissioned the following year.  He commanded a rifle platoon, the mortar platoon and then a rifle company, taking part in the large-scale exercises CRUSADER 80 and LIONHEART 84.  Subsequently he became the first TA officer instructor at Sandhurst, followed by command of the 5th Battalion from 1992 to 1995.  After leaving the TA he had a spell as the Regiment’s Deputy Honorary Colonel for Cambridgeshire, was Chairman of East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association from 2004 to 2010, and was High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire in 2007.  He has been Chairman of the Trustees since 2013.

Name: Major T Dormer TD (Tom)
Bio: Born and educated in Northamptonshire, Tom joined the Regiment in 1972 on a short service limited commission serving with the 2nd Battalion and the 1st Battalion.  Subsequently he took a degree in historical geography at University College London, followed by postgraduate study.  A career as a serial entrepreneur followed, during which time he established and grew a number of businesses in various sectors, including battlefield tours.  He pursued his military interests by joining the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion in 1985, continuing to serve until 1998 by which time the Battalion had become 158 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, and by becoming the last Chairman of the Northamptonshire Regiment Association.  As a Trustee he is part of the team focusing on the displays in the Gallery.

Name: Lieutenant Colonel S D Etherington OBE (Simon)
Bio: Simon was commissioned from Sandhurst into the 3rd Battalion of the Regiment in 1983, and served with them in Colchester, Minden and Londonderry.  He became Adjutant of the 6th (Volunteer) Battalion, then joined the 2nd Battalion in time for their tour in Bosnia in 1994.  Attendance at Staff College followed, and he subsequently filled various staff appointments in the UK, Sierra Leone and Iraq as well as commanding a company of the 2nd Battalion in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.  His final tours of duty were in East Africa as Defence Attaché in Uganda and with the British Peace Support Team in Kenya.  On retirement from the Army he ran a children’s charity for several years before becoming a freelance consultant.  As a Trustee he oversees all the Museum’s outreach work.

Name: Colonel N H Kelsey OBE TD (Nick)
Bio: After enjoying OTC service at the University of St Andrews, Nick joined the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion of the Regiment in 1969 in Lincoln. He subsequently transferred to the Hertford Company, and eventually became Commanding Officer of the Battalion. After a spell as TA Colonel at Sandhurst he became Chairman of East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association 2006-2011. In his civilian career Nick started as a French teacher, but then went into the film industry eventually setting up his own successful business. He has been a Trustee of the Museum since it opened in 1996 and as well as being the Trustees’ AV expert he oversees all the displays in the Gallery.

Name: Lieutenant Colonel A C E Marinos (Tony)
Bio: After reading French and politics at Leicester University Tony was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion of the Regiment and served with them in Germany and the UK.  After a spell as Adjutant of the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion he went to the 1st Battalion, being based in Colchester, Oakington and Northern Ireland.  He completed the technical staff course which led to appointments in the UK, Bosnia, Iraq and the Congo, and he was a company commander with the 2nd Battalion in Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.  On retirement in 2016 he completed a master’s degree in historic building conservation, then became Clerk to the Worshipful Company of Bowyers.  As a Trustee he assists with overseeing the Museum’s accreditation standards and its acquisitions, loans and disposals.

Name: Mr J M H Naylor (Jimmy)
Bio: Jimmy enlisted with the 1st Battalion in 1994 and, unusually, spent his entire 22-year career with the Vikings. He served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. He specialised in communications, becoming Signals Platoon Colour Sergeant and Bowman Systems Manager. He retired from the Regular Army in 2016 and now works as a security manager. Jimmy was always interested in Regimental history and started to get involved with the Museum as the 1st Battalion’s representative at Trustees’ meetings. He is now a Trustee in his own right and much involved in the Museum’s outreach work.

Name: Lieutenant Colonel A Powell MBE (Tony)
Bio: Tony joined the 1st Battalion in 1965 and became a specialist in anti-tank weapons. His early service included a spell as an instructor with the 5th (Volunteer) Battalion. Rising through the ranks he became Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion in 1982. He was then commissioned, serving as a Quartermaster and in various staff appointments including at the HQ of NATO’s Rapid Reaction Corps. Retiring from the Regular Army in 2001 he became Deputy Commandant of the Army’s Stanford Training Area in Norfolk. As a Trustee he focusses on the Museum’s accreditation standards and oversees its acquisitions, loans and disposals.

Name: Captain P R Randall (Peter)
Bio: Following in his father’s footsteps Peter joined the 3rd Battalion in Cyprus on a ‘gap year’ commission in 1976. He then spent 3 years at Manchester University reading politics and economics before returning to the 3rd Battalion and becoming a regular officer serving in Colchester and Germany. He left the Army in 1984 to pursue ambitions in the business world. From 1989, after completing a Master of Business Administration degree, he focussed on his entrepreneurial skills setting up and growing a succession of businesses in the telecoms, internet and energy sectors. He is currently CEO of a green energy company. As a Trustee he brings his business skills to the Museum’s activities, and is particularly involved with developing its internet presence.

Name: Major P H Williamson MBE (Peter)
Bio: Peter was commissioned into the Regiment direct from Cambridge University in 1965 and served with the 1st Battalion and the 3rd Battalion. A science graduate, he attended 2 long military technology courses, and became focussed on equipment procurement for the Services. On retirement in 1995 he went into the business world, specialising in company administration. Long interested in Regimental history, he is the Trustee primarily responsible for the Museum’s archives, and for its administration including being the point of contact with the Charity Commission. He is also Chairman of the Trustees of the Essex Regiment Museum.

Name: Major R G Corcoran MBE (Corky)
Bio: Corky enlisted in the Junior Infantrymen’s Battalion at Shorncliffe in 1972.  After 2 years’ training there he was posted to the 3rd Battalion of the Regiment, and served in Germany Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Colchester.  In 1990 he transferred to the Military Provost Staff Corps (MPSC), which was responsible for the rehabilitation of detainees in the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC) at Colchester.  Commissioned in 1997 he had a short spell with 1st Battalion The Staffordshire Regiment before returning to the MPSC, becoming Adjutant, a company commander, then 2IC of MCTC.  After a brief tour in the MOD he retired from the Army to become Deputy Regimental Secretary at Regimental Headquarters in 2013.  In that capacity he is an Ex Officio Trustee.

Name: Lieutenant Colonel R C J Goodin OBE (Robert)
Bio: After completing the Regular Officers’ Commissioning course at RMA Sandhurst Robert joined the 1st Battalion of the Regiment in 1978.  He saw service in Germany, Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the UK.  He filled several staff appointments at brigade, divisional and corps level as well as in the MOD, attending the NATO Staff College course in Rome.  From 2004 to 2006 he commanded the East of England Regiment, reformed during his tour as 3rd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment (TA).  His final Regular Army job was Commandant of Stanford Training Area in Norfolk.  He retired in 2013 to become Regimental Secretary at Regimental Headquarters.  In that capacity he is an Ex Officio Trustee.

Others Closely Involved With The Running Of The Museum

Name: Miss M D Kozlenko (Melissa) – Curator Blog

Bio: Melissa was born in Canada and grew up there, her parents’ families both having emigrated from England, and took a degree in ancient art and archaeology at Brock University in Ontario.  Wanting to get into the world of museums and feeling that there were more opportunities in the UK she relocated to Essex where her grandmother lived and set about building her career.  After working as a volunteer at the Essex Regiment Museum she obtained a part-time job there, subsequently becoming Collections Assistant at the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum before being appointed our Curator in early 2018.  As the only full-time member of staff she oversees all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Museum, while pursuing her off-duty interests of dancing, 1940s vintage, and the gym.

Name: Mr I D Hook (Ian) – Museum Mentor
Bio: In order to comply with the Arts Council England Accreditation standard the Museum is required to have a Museum Mentor, an experienced museum professional who can provide curatorial advice to the Curator and the Trustees when required. Ian became interested in military history at a very early age. After graduating from Hull University he joined the curatorial staff of the National Army Museum, then became Curator of the Essex Regiment Museum. Until very recently he was Project Manager of the War Memorials Register at the Imperial War Museum. Ian’s interest in military matters is not just academic; he served for many years as Drum Major of the Honourable Artillery Company.

Name: Major R P Grenfell (Bob) – Treasurer
Bio: Bob joined the Infantry Junior Leaders’ Battalion in 1969 and 3 years later was posted to the 1st Battalion of the Regiment. He rose through the ranks, serving in Cyprus, Germany, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar, becoming Regimental Sergeant Major of the 1st Battalion in 1992. He was subsequently commissioned, and filled the post of Quartermaster with both the 1st Battalion and the 3rd (Army Reserve) Battalion. After a spell as an admin officer with the 3rd Battalion he became Assistant Regimental Secretary, focussing on Regimental finance and benevolence. A repository of much Regimental history, he serves the Trustees of the Museum as Treasurer.

Name: Mr R J Stevens (Richard) – Working Party Member
Bio: Richard enlisted into the 1st Battalion in 1989 and served with them in England, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also completed tours of duty as an instructor of recruits at Catterick and as a recruiter in Norwich. After 24 years’ service he retired from the Regular Army as a Colour Sergeant and took up a full-time post with the 3rd (Army Reserve) Battalion based in Bury St Edmunds. Always interested in military history, he became involved with the Museum initially as the 3rd Battalion’s representative at Trustees’ meetings. He now assists the Trustees formally as a member of the Acquisitions, Loans and Disposals Working Party.

popup test

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

I am text block. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Back To Top