The study and appreciation of the life, works and times of Arnold Bennett

Meet The Team

Meet the Team

Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent

Position:Patron of the Arnold Bennett Society

The Lord Mayor of Stoke on Trent
Councillor Ross Irving is the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent for 2020/21 and his Lady Mayoress for the year is Miss Christine Warren. Councillor Irving has served as a city councillor since 1973 and has previously served as Lord Mayor 2017-2018.

Councillor Ross Irving is the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent for 2020/21 and his Lady Mayoress for the year is Miss Christine Warren.

Denis Eldin

Position:President of the Society

 

Denis is Arnold Bennett’s grand-son and lives in Paris.

He is a frequent visitor to Stoke on Trent.

This picture was taken at the 2016 annual dinner, held at

Port Vale Football Club Banqueting Suite.

Professor Ray Johnson MBE

Position:Vice President and Chairman of the Society

Ray is Emeritus Professor of Film Heritage and Documentary

at Staffordshire University.

Founder of the Staffordshire Film Archive in 1980.

Ray was awarded the MBE in 2011.

Morag Jones

Position:Vice Chairman of the Arnold Bennett Society

 

Morag is Vice Chairman of the Society

Morag is also Chairman of Arnold Bennett Book Prize Panel

Carol Ann Gorton

Position:Secretary of the Arnold Bennett Society

 

Carol is Secretary and Treasurer of the society

Contact Email: arnoldbennettscty@btinternet.com

Jacques Eldin

Position:Vice President of the Arnold Bennett Society

Jacques is Arnold Bennett’s son-in-law and was married to
Virginia, AB’s daughter.
This picture was taken when a plaque was unveiled at Villa les Nefliers, Fontainebleau, France, Arnold’s while he was writing The Old Wives’ Tale.  The picture features Jacques in the garden with Gyles Brandreth.

Mary Beardmore – Vice President

Position:Vice President of the Arnold Bennett Society

Mary is a Vice President of the society.

Margaret Drabble

Position:Vice President of the Arnold Bennett Society

Dame Margaret Drabble, Lady Holroyd DBE FRSL.

Margaret is a novelist, biographer and critic.

She is the author of “Arnold Bennett a biography”.

John Shapcott – Vice President

Position:Vice President of the Arnold Bennett Society

John  is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Keele.

His many published books & scholarly journal articles have
appeared in both the U.K. & the U.S.A.

John is also a Vice President of the Society

Erika Alcock

Position:Erika Alcock - Trustee

Erika has recently joined the team as a committee member.

Rod Boroughs

Position:Assistant Editor/Archivist/ of the Arnold Bennett Society


Rod is assistant editor of the society newsletter

Kevin J Burke

Position:Arnold Bennett Society Accountant

Kevin Burke

Kevin is a committee member and also the accountant

Fiona Cole

Position:Arnold Bennett Society Membership Secretary - Trustee

Fiona is the Membership Secretary

Email: thecoletribe@googlemail.com

To become a member get details here

Membership Form

John Davies

Position:Trustee - DVD Archivist

John is a Trustee and
the main contributor on the Twitter account.

Virginia Meir

Position:Social Secretary - Trustee

Virginia is new to the team and is the social secretary

Penny Michell

Position:Trustee

Penny is new to the team and is a  Trustee

She is also one of the Book Prize Judges

Jerry Park

Position:Minute Secretary of the Arnold Bennett Society

Jerry is the minute secretary and also custodian of a small collection of second hand books for sale.

You can contact Jerry for a list of the books on park50@hotmail.com

 

Dr Randi Saloman – Wake Forest College, Winston Salem, NC. U.S.A.

Position:Editor of the Society Newsletter

Randi is Editor of the Society Newsletter and lives

in North Carolina.U.S.A.