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

Meet The Team

Meet the Team

The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of the City of Stoke on Trent Councillor Dr. Chandra Kanneganti


Councillor Dr. Chandra Kanneganti


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:

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


To become a member get details here




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


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


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.