To keep this page within usable limits, we have omitted our more specialist researchers and overseas representatives. However, many of our people are pictured below. For information about our case managers and other staff who deal directly with beneficiaries, please visit the case managers' page.
Peter Turvey, member of AGRA
The standards of accuracy, thoroughness and integrity that Peter set when he founded Anglia Research still shape and define the company today.
He started working as a professional genealogist in the 1970s, researching pedigrees as far back as the 12th century, but also specialising in modern research. His knowledge and abilities were soon recognised and he became the chief agent for two charities that reunited adoptees with their birth parents. Other activities included working on a large number of successful German-Jewish land reparation cases.
His scrupulous approach meant that he excelled at probate research, where success after success led to this fascinating work becoming the company’s mainstay. Anglia Research has continued to grow, both in size and reputation, ever since.
Maintaining professional standards is of utmost importance to Peter. He has consistently declined to take part in the BBC’s Heir Hunters series, which he believes undermines client confidentiality and attracts amateurs into a field where experience and integrity are crucial. However, Anglia Research does cooperate with high-quality TV programmes and other productions, and the firm's researchers have been heavily involved with many episodes of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are?
Peter is a member and former chairman of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) and bound by its strict code of ethics. He has served as chair of AGRA’s board of assessors, and as a lecturer and tutor at the Institute of Heraldic and Genealogical Studies (IHGS) and other institutions.
He is also an accredited expert witness, a long-standing member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a chess-playing, crossword-solving marathon runner – who still finds the challenge of tracing families as exciting now as he did all those years ago.
Peter's articles: The history behind your birth certificate, Hooked on history, AGRA accreditation - what it means and why it matters, Britain alone, The case history of Anne Meredith, The case history of John Osborn, The secret to instructing probate research.
Carolyn Lord, BA (Hons) Solicitor
Commercial and Compliance Director
Carolyn has been a practising solicitor since qualifying in 1992. Having co-owned and managed a nationally renowned commercial firm, she brings her experience of both legal practice and business to Anglia Research.
An active university governor, upholding standards of probity and public accountability are areas of particular concern to Carolyn. Since the late 1990s she has been a member of various statutory panels which make recommendations on local government operation. She was lay chair of the Standards Committee of the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority and is now the Independent Person to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority with responsibility for standards.
Carolyn's first degree was in history and English literature and she enjoys her involvement in the detailed genealogical work of Anglia Research, where the past is revisited in order to transform the lives of clients in the present day.
Carolyn's articles: The value of clarity, Clarity all year round, The dark side of probate research.
Kelvin Smith, BA (Hons)
Kelvin Smith joined Anglia Research early in 2015, having spent the whole of his working career with The National Archives, retiring in 2007 as records management consultant and head of the accessions management unit.
His specialisations include records appraisal and archiving, records management standards and the promotion of records management in government.
A regular presenter at conferences, workshops and seminars, Kelvin drafted the Lord Chancellor’s Code of Practice on the Management of Records under Freedom of Information and has published a number of books, as well as undertaking frequent assignments in developing countries on behalf of the International Records Management Trust. He is currently honorary secretary of the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers.
With his network of international contacts and vast knowledge of archival resources in the UK and across the British Commonwealth, Kelvin helps to further extend Anglia Research’s global reach, whilst also providing the company with records management advice and operational recommendations.
Kelvin's website articles: Records management - planning for disaster, Digitising records - making an informed choice.
Eileen Butcher, member of AGRA
Area Team Leader
Before running her own successful genealogy company, Eileen was a complex caseworker for the Department for Work and Pensions, and also worked for many years in the local studies department of Manchester Central Library. Anglia Research was delighted to headhunt her and acquire her knowledge and expertise, especially in relation to the north of England.
Eileen regularly conducts research for the UK and US versions of Who Do You Think You Are? She appeared in the 2011 episode with Sebastian Coe, the 2013 episode with Minnie Driver and the 2014 episode with Sheridan Smith. More recently, she has worked on The Secret History of My Family, aired on the BBC in 2016.
She is a member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA).
Eileen's interviews and articles: When a small act of kindness makes a world of difference, The long shadow of the workhouse, Behind the scenes at WDYTYA?, Family history changes lives.
Dear Eileen, I appreciate the time, work and research involved in this estate and the expertise of yourself and Anglia Research in bringing it to closure. My thanks to you for your help in explaining the progress and research involved both by letter and telephone. When I have telephoned with an enquiry I have appreciated your prompt answers and friendly attention to my questions. Please pass on my thanks to all involved at Anglia Research.
— Chris Ginn
We are so grateful to Eileen for contacting us as my father had been missing for over 30 years. We never thought we would find out what had happened to him, as we believed he was under a police protection service. I can only say that without Eileen contacting us I don't suppose we would have ever known what had happened to our father, for this we will always be thankful. Eileen really was amazing, both professional, compassionate and considerate.
— Names withheld by request.
Hi Eileen, many thanks for the explanation, it all makes sense now. I am very pleased with the help from yourself as a representative of Anglia Research and the way you have answered my many questions.
— Kelvin Leese
Dear Eileen, well done! You did it! Just to say I've got my cheque and many thanks for your continued perseverance!
— Name withheld by request.
Hello Eileen, I am writing to express my family's appreciation for all the work you did with respect to connecting our family to the estate of Louisa West. You have been extremely diligent, informative and professional.... I would like to thank you for all of your hard work.
— L McLaughlin, Ontario, Canada
You can read another testimonial here.
Phone: 01704 518964
Dr Lisa Hill, BA (Hons) MA PhD
The most interesting aspect of my work is listening to people’s stories. Sometimes they can beat a Dickens novel with their twists and turns and coincidences. They’re fascinating and, because so many of them involve people losing touch with one another, they’re often also very moving. However, because of the nature of my job, I’m not just a passive listener, I’m engaged in the story, filling in all the details through research and tieing up the loose ends. I'm a firm believer that knowing and understanding the past helps to heal it.
Lisa joined Anglia Research in 2007. Originally from California, now residing in England, she comes from a strong research background, having worked as a research analyst of the California commercial property market, a freelance researcher of copyright law, and studied for a PhD in Literature at the University of Essex.
Beyond the UK, her genealogical specialities are the United States and Canada.
Lisa's articles: As a genealogist, it's my job to ask questions, Shutting the workhouse door, Our work for the public sector: the Mary Torrance case.
It has been a pleasure to work with you on establishing the beneficiaries for my cousin's estate. Many thanks again for your skilled assistance, expertise and attention to detail.
— Best wishes, Jan
Phone: 01473 384806
Terry Bridger, MScGen BA (Hons) AdDipELH
With almost 40 years' experience as a genealogist, family historian and historical researcher, Terry is frequently published in specialised genealogical journals and in 2013 was a recipient of the Di Harding Award. Between 2014-16 she was a technical researcher for a local history book published by a notable local historian.
Her academic qualifications include a masters degree in genealogical, palaeographic and heraldic studies (MScGen), a BA (Hons) in history with heritage studies, and a variety of post-graduate qualifications from the universities of Oxford and Strathclyde encompassing social, economic and local history.
Terry joined Anglia Research from a background in archival and transcription project management in the professional, academic and voluntary sectors. Outside work, she is currently involved in several ancestral preservation initiatives, consanguineous DNA research, and authoring a variety of specialist genealogical guides.
Her geographical area of expertise is southern England. Genealogically her specialist areas are in Jewish and Welsh research, as well as higher-order multiples (triplets and more). Terry is known for her sensitive approach to the bereaved she visits on behalf of the company, and for her genuine passion for family history.
Terry's articles: A genealogist of distinction, Reclaim the records – a major new resource for genealogical research in the USA, "And people think I have a safe office job", Relative success, A lifeline to independence, The case history of Jacob Marks.
Graham Underwood, LLB (Hons)
A law graduate of the University of London, where he was awarded the Butterworth and Blackstone prizes, Graham served as a police officer for over 30 years, rising to the rank of inspector.
In 2008 he was awarded the Chief Constable's Commendation for “sustained dedication, commitment and outstanding contribution to the successful implementation of neighbourhood policing”.
Now with Anglia Research, Graham applies his tenacity and vast experience in order to solve the most complex probate genealogy cases.
Graham's articles: All in a name, Our work for the public sector: the Patricia Goody case.
Phone: 01473 384808
Oliver Howard, BA (Hons)
I enjoy the mental challenge of the more difficult cases – the cases that require visits to local register offices, data sets that we wouldn’t normally use and a bit of thinking outside the box.
With a long-standing interest in history and genealogy, Oliver joined Anglia Research after he graduated from the University of Essex with a first-class degree in politics in 2002. He remains one of our longest serving case managers. His head for problem solving and analysis makes him ideally suited to the role.
Oliver's interviews and articles: Buried in the marriage register, The digitising decade.
I'm not sure if it is 'the done thing' in these circumstances but I would like to thank you and your associates for all the hard work that went into this case which resulted in my receiving a cheque last Friday. Very many thanks.
— M Austin
Thank you so much for your prompt replies to any question that I asked. All done in a courteous and polite way, which seems to be a dying art these days.
— Name withheld by request.
Phone: 01473 344947
I like talking to beneficiaries and listening to their family stories, particularly people who have migrated overseas – they often enjoy hearing a British accent and talking about their past. I also enjoy liaising with our extensive network of specialist research agents around the globe.
Alex joined us in 2005. He was formerly a director of gilts trading at HSBC in London, having worked in financial markets at the bank for 24 years.
“I would say that my previous role attuned me to working quickly and accurately in a very competitive environment,” he says. “But then again, a city trading background may not have great PR value these days!”
Alex's interviews and articles: A day in the life of a case manager.
I was contacted by Alex Horrod regarding my brother who had passed away. Sadly I did not know this fact as I had not had any contact with my brother for a number of years. Alex handled a difficult situation with tact and diplomacy. He was very understanding and patient whilst I came to terms with the information he gave me. I have had quite a few telephone calls and emails from Alex over the past couple of months and he has been very sympathetic. He had to ask me some difficult questions, but always gave me time to think about my replies. I have been very impressed with Anglia Research as a company and they have been very reliable and efficient.
— Name withheld by request.
Phone: 01473 226846
I have been with Anglia Research for a decade and watched it expand over the years. We have a really good work force who all get on well with each other.
With ten years’ experience as a probate researcher, Rachel's technological expertise, attention to detail and love of genealogy mean that she can piece together a family tree from the smallest of clues.
“My previous job involved working in care homes with the elderly,” she says. “I used to love hearing the stories they told about their experiences, so when this job opportunity came along I snapped it up.”
Looking at the family tree, I can see what a hugely difficult task you were set. It must be quite unusual for a family to die out completely in the third generation... And then to have to go back to Jane Wilson & George Whateley's huge family – you must have been totally daunted! But you have done a wonderful job on it, and given us a lot of really useful information. Thank you so much.
— Marjorie-Anne Howe
Phone: 01473 384805
Matthew Boardman, BSc (Hons)
I can’t pinpoint one area of genealogy that interests me more than others. I genuinely enjoy the whole lot. However, I like the challenge of starting a new case with very little information – you can never predict in advance the depth of research that each case will require. Speaking with a wide variety of characters on a daily basis also makes me smile.
Matthew spent many years conducting research and analysis for intelligence units within the Metropolitan Police, including working for the royalty protection team.
“Apart from the qualities required for research, I think it’s important for a case manager to be approachable, open and straightforward,” he says. “I hope any potential beneficiaries I work with will feel able to contact me at any time.”
I want to take the opportunity to thank you and Matthew Boardman for the very pleasant collaboration over the administration of this estate in recent months. It was a pleasure to work with you both. Everything was handled with great care and professionalism and the many complexities of tidying up the estate were, it seems to me, handled in a smooth and efficient way.
— Graham Mather
Phone: 01473 344942
Christopher Ferry, BA (Hons)
There are two main aspects to my job. The first is meeting the problem-solving challenge of putting together an accurate family tree as fast as possible from just a name and date of death. The process at this point does not show anything but the facts of the bloodlines. It is only when you contact the relatives that you are able to change the ‘facts’ into real personalities with the stories they tell. It’s at this point that the second aspect of a case manager’s work kicks in. It’s very much a gear change, because it’s imperative to take time to deal openly and sensitively with potential beneficiaries.
Christopher used his business economics degree to achieve success in management before joining Anglia Research and rising rapidly to his current position.
Christopher's interviews and articles: How can something as big as a house be missed from someone’s estate? 100 lost heirs, Explaining the family tree verification process.
We write this letter in grateful thanks to Chris Ferry of the Ipswich office of Anglia Research and to apprise you of your colleague's work ethic and attention to detail. Chris has at all times been courteous, knowledgeable and helpful to a fault. Without his sterling efforts and continued input and help we would not have been able to achieve the result we did.
— Sue Bowles
Phone: 01473 344944
Mike Lowe, BA (Hons)
Mike took early retirement as assistant director of the Border and Immigration Agency, but couldn’t resist a return to employment when headhunted by Anglia Research.
With over 30 years' immersion in complicated family arrangements, sensitive relationships, complex legislation, detailed investigations, international contacts, team leadership and tactical and strategic management, he sets the professional standard for our regional activities and international relationships.
Mike’s degree studies in Russian and European affairs, plus the extended times he spent there, make him the natural choice to liaise with our agents in Eastern Europe.
Mike's articles: When families fall apart.
The kindness and consideration you have demonstrated to my sisters, and the efforts you have made on behalf of my family, are nothing short of exemplary. As such, I wanted to write and personally express my deep appreciation and gratitude for everything you have done; you have continuously gone above and beyond your call of duty for this family and for that, I will be forever thankful. We are very fortunate to have you handling this matter.
— Debra D.
You have done a great service to me and my family. Thank you.
— Robin Hoyle Baker.
Phone: 01704 518960
Kay Morgan, BA (Hons) MBA
It was Kay's love of genealogy, coupled with her desire to reunite assets with their rightful owners, that attracted her to Anglia Research. Before coming to us, Kay was founder, owner and employer of her own service sector business. She has also worked as an adviser to a range of manufacturing and service sector businesses, and latterly as a senior executive responsible for a large chain of business to business outlets.
Determined – and with a passion for tasks that offer a challenge – in 1991 Kay undertook the dangerous and difficult trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the world's highest free-standing mountain at 5895 metres.
She holds a master's degree in business administration from Warwick Business School, University of Warwick.
Kay's articles: A past full of secrets, Irish genealogy: missing records and amazing memories, A question of identity.
Whilst being very wary of your initial contact regarding a possible inheritance, there are all too many scams these days, I made a series of enquiries into your organisation to satisfy myself of your legitimacy in this field before agreeing to proceed, although I admit, still with some reservations.
What followed was a reassuring & professional service guiding me through this unfamiliar process from Kay Morgan of Anglia Research, following on seamlessly through probate with Diane Yarrow-Smith.
Each stage was appropriately documented & explained together with agreement of eventual commissions, including details of estate & probate expenses, as the procedure unfolded, concluding in 23 relatives proportionally inheriting monies from an estate they originally knew nothing about.
I believe my experience represents a standard which other companies should aspire to emulate & do not hesitate in recommending your services to others who may find themselves pondering a similar situation in the future.
— David Welton
Phone: 01704 518963
Michelle qualified as a legal executive in 1999. When she came to Anglia Research in 2011, she brought with her an enviable array of administrative and research skills gained over a decade’s work in the criminal justice system and the Home Office.
Her practical approach to problem solving makes her a welcome addition to the team at our Southport office, where she combines her skills with a long-standing interest in genealogy.
Phone: 01704 518968
Administration Support Officer
Sarita has many years' experience as a legal secretary. When she came to Anglia Research in 2015, she brought with her a wide range of communication and administration skills. Her calm and collected demeanour makes her a welcome addition to the team at our Southport office.
Imogen Benneworth, BA (Hons)
I actually love all apects of my work, but ‘hearing’ people smile when they find out they’ve got family they never knew existed is most rewarding.
Imogen joined Anglia Research in 2014 as a trainee probate genealogist. A Russian and French graduate from the University of Birmingham, she has several years' experience working in the legal arena, specialising in personal injury litigation and legal costs – roles in which she developed strong analytical and communication skills.
Imogen's articles: Our work for the public sector: the Gerald Howell case.
Just to say that Imogen has been a such godsend to us in our research.... The proposal we’re sending off this evening would have been a shadow of itself without her contribution, so, an enormous thank you from all of us here. And, if things develop I hope you wouldn’t mind us being in touch again, or indeed for similar projects.
— Name and company withheld until the programme concerned is broadcast.
Last year I was contacted by Imogen to discuss my late uncle's estate. I did not sign with Anglia Research but I wish I had.
Even though I didn't sign up with Anglia Research, Imogen still emailed me to check how everything was and if I received the estate etc. I asked her if there was an email I could send to commend her on her services... I really hope I have been able to compliment her on her services as I really appreciate her help and support.
— Name withheld by request.
Toni Robinson, BA (Hons)
Assistant Case Manager
Toni studied criminology and sociology at the University of Liverpool before working as an intelligence analyst, first with the Merseyside Police and later in the insurance sector, where she investigated suspect motor claims.
She joined Anglia Research in 2014 and now uses her research, analysis and problem solving skills in her new role as a probate genealogist.
Assistant Case Manager and Investigator
Working for Anglia Research really is a dream come true. I have a keen interest in ancestry and genealogy, having researched my own family tree over recent years. This fascination, coupled with more than two decades of investigative experience, has allowed me to expand my skills and knowledge in genealogical research and analysis.
Carl joined Anglia Research in 2016, bringing with him 24 years’ investigative experience as an officer with Merseyside Police. He is currently studying for a BSc in psychology with the Open University.
Level headed, methodical and with a keen eye for detail, Carl is a welcome addition to our Southport team.
Sam Watkin, BA (Hons) PGDip Gen
I’m relishing my new job with Anglia Research. It puts my degree and my post grad diploma to such good use. I find it fascinating tracking individual lives against the backdrop of nineteenth and twentieth century history – and reuniting long lost family members is extremely rewarding.
Before she came to Anglia Research in 2015, Sam worked as a library adviser for Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council for 17 years.
Her interest in genealogy dates back to when she was very young, listening to family stories from her nan. She has a BA (Hons) in history, as well as a post graduate diploma in genealogical studies from the University of Strathclyde. Her knowledge of historical records, combined with her analytical and research skills, and her commitment to customer service, make her a great new addition to our Southport team.
Sam's interviews and articles: South African's search for family completed in 24 hours.
Thank you once again. A meticulous explanation Sam, and interesting. Now we are really well informed, and should we come across someone who would doubt your validity as a company, we will be able to fully impede negative comments! You have dealt with everything very professionally and kindly. We sincerely thank you for your diligent work and caring attitude.
— Christopher and Patricia
Hannah Cooper, BA (Hons)
When I was a teenager my grandmother encouraged me to research our family tree. I soon came to love searching through the census collections and birth, marriage and death records. Studying history with sociology at university was a natural progression. Now, working for Anglia Research, I do a job that I love. I enjoy speaking to beneficiaries over the phone. It is very rewarding to help somebody uncover their family tree.
Hannah studied history with sociology at Oxford Brookes University, where her ambitious thesis on infanticide in Victorian Suffolk involved working extensively with primary sources at national and local archives. She joined Anglia Research soon after graduating with first-class honours (you can read an article about Hannah on the Oxford Brookes website).
Her natural curiosity, initiative and solid research background make her an invaluable member of our team.
Hannah's articles: Research skills matter.
I would certainly recommend Anglia Research for the professional way the whole service was conducted and the fact that you, Hannah, were easily contactable and nothing, however insignificant, was too much trouble.
— B Johnson
Anglia Research Services provided detailed, thorough documentation for each step of the process. Every question I asked was answered promptly and fully. They were faultlessly professional in all respects. Also, case manager Hannah Cooper deserves a raise.
— T Byrnes
Information Liaison Officer
Prior to her retirement in 2006, Carol worked at the General Register Office in Southport as a casework manager considering and authorising applications for corrections to be made to birth and death registrations, sometimes many years after the registration was completed. This required careful examination of all evidence submitted and consideration of the relevant legislation governing the registration of births and deaths in England and Wales.
When Anglia Research advertised a part-time vacancy for an information liaison officer the following year, it was ideally suited to Carol's previous experience. She has been returning to the General Register Office to collect certificates ordered by our researchers each weekday since then.
Phone: 01704 518 960
If I have a genealogical speciality, it’s probably my habit of thinking outside the box.
Before joining Anglia Research, Colin was Managing Director of a specialist company involved in shipping-related publishing, public relations and maritime promotions. His past achievements include some huge heritage and commemorative projects: organising events around the Royal Yacht, work for East Anglian docks and ports and, most memorably, organising both the 50th and 60th anniversary Dunkirk Returns in conjunction with the Royal Navy.
He was also consulted and filmed by Michael Palin and his production company for the television series Round the World in 80 Days.
After the sudden death of his business partner, Colin decided to turn a life-long passion for history and genealogy into a late career move. He joined Anglia Research in 2005 and has never looked back.
Colin’s tastes in out-of-hours recreation are eclectic and include the Japanese martial arts of iaido and kyudo, clay shooting (both rough and skeet), golf, driving racing cars, rock climbing, potholing, wargaming and fly fishing.
Phone: 01473 384809
John spent many years at the National Health Central Register at Southport before moving to the census division, within the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys, to work on the 1981 census in Liverpool. On his return, he moved to the General Register Office (GRO) where he spent eight years as deputy chief inspector of civil registration before acting as head of the marriage registration section.
His final years before leaving the office were spent as project manager for the digitisation of all births, deaths and marriages (DOVE project) held by GRO, where his main role was as user representative and working as a member of the procurement team.
Coming from such a background, John has always had an interest in family history. He is motivated by his love for in-depth research and getting results.
I genuinely enjoy all aspects of probate genealogy, in particular those cases where we have little information to go on.
Sue’s former position as a senior intelligence analyst in the British army was the perfect preparation for her current role. Having served in several operational theatres, including Northern Ireland, Kosovo, the Falkland Islands and Iraq, her skills and experience are ideally suited to handle a varied portfolio of cases.
Sue retired from the military in 2007 and joined Anglia Research a few months later. She sees her job as a unique opportunity to research family histories as well as reunite families in the UK and abroad, and in some cases to locate where the deceased has been laid to rest so that the families can pay their respects.
Sue's interviews and articles: Bringing families back together, Family of WW2 airman found.
Phone: 01473 344946
Alexander Caudell, LLB (Hons) LLM
Assistant Case Manager
I feel privileged to enjoy a job that provides both an interesting challenge and a genuine sense of reward, reuniting families with their relative’s estate. No two days are the same as you never know where the research will lead, who you may speak to or what piece of the puzzle will form the keystone upon which the rest of the family story is built.
Alexander was awarded a Master of Laws postgraduate degree from the University of East Anglia in 2015. Before coming to Anglia Research, he completed a number of internships where he demonstrated a talent for research. He is an enthusiastic and motivated team-player, combining empathy with tenacity and a willingness to go above and beyond what’s expected.
Janet Bishop, FSA Scot, member of ASGRA and AGRA
Janet became interested in family history when she discovered quite by chance that she was descended from someone famous. By the time she had verified this fact, she was well and truly hooked.
She has been a professional genealogist for 15 years, offering a research service that covers the whole of Scotland. Educated in Kirkcaldy and Aberdeen, she is the current chair of ASGRA, the Association of Scottish Genealogists and Researchers in Archives . Until recently, she was also on the council of AGRA, the sister association of ASGRA, based in England. The two associations entered into a partnership in 2010, in order to maintain high professional research standards throughout the UK.
Janet's interviews and articles: When a vocation calls.
Ian Marson, member of AGRA and ASGRA
Ian is based in South Yorkshire. His interest in genealogy dates back to 1979. In 1998 he left his position in the corporate sector to set up as a freelance researcher. He has never looked back.
A full member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) since 2004, Ian was chair of the association for six years, and is now a fellow of AGRA. He is also a member of ASGRA, the accrediting body for genealogists in Scotland.
Ian's articles: Helping solve problems with unregistered property, A case involving unregistered property in East Yorkshire.
Judith Mitchell, BA (Hons), member of AGRA
Judith has been researching her own family history since the mid 1990s. Previously an editor for a book publisher, in 2009 she started providing a professional research service to clients.
A full member of the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA), Judith is based in Epsom and specialises in researching in archives in London and the surrounding area, especially at The National Archives.
Robert Davison, member of AGI
After 30 years' service with British Transport Police, Robert retired to Northern Ireland with the intention (amongst other things) of tracing his father’s family roots. He carried out groundwork research through membership of the North of Ireland Family History Society and was soon working as a genealogist on a semi-professional basis.
He became involved in probate research as a result of what he describes as a ‘series of spooky coincidences’ and for many years acted as a probate researcher in Ireland for UK and Australian clients.
In 2003 he was admitted as a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists in Ireland (now Accredited Genealogists Ireland), which is dedicated to maintaining high standards in research.
Robert considers that his police background is a major advantage when conducting research, but realises that he is on a constant learning curve. He has come to be philosophical about cases that do not work out. Sometimes ‘the documents you are looking for are in the safe on the Titanic’.
Originally from France, Sophie is based in London. Over the past 13 years she has honed her research skills in the register offices, archives and libraries of the capital. No two days are ever the same for Sophie, but the excitement of reuniting rightful heirs with lost assets is a constant driving force. The more complex the genealogical puzzle, the more she enjoys solving it.
Carolyn Felgate, BSc (Hons)
I enjoy the flexibility of the work I do, the fact that you never know where a case is going to lead and being in a position to spark an interest in genealogy with potential beneficiaries.
Carolyn joined Anglia Research in 2005, having returned from a year travelling the world. With a background in publishing and insurance, including claims negotiation, she was well-placed to transfer her administrative and team-working skills to the world of probate genealogy.
She has a talent for untangling complex tax issues, very old estates and family trees that extend around the globe.
I am still rather stunned, having now seen the monies, and am very grateful for your gentle persistence Carolyn... I am sure you will not forget my initial and subsequent incredulity! Thanks again for persevering.
— Name withheld by request.
Phone: 01473 344945
Beverly Whelan, BSc (Hons)
Librarian and Information Officer
Beverly was formerly an information scientist specialising in patent litigation. While at BT's Research Laboratories she instigated the project to digitise their vast company library. Nowadays, she combines her knowledge and experience with her passion for genealogy for the benefit of Anglia Research.
Phone: 01473 344943
Siân Butler, BA (Hons)
I’ve always loved listening to stories, and it was hearing about a family ‘mystery’ when I was younger that first drew me to genealogy. Before long I was spending hours searching for my ancestors in census records and birth, marriage and death records. My job at Anglia Research lets me do what I love every day. Following a family through the generations to discover beneficiaries is extremely rewarding.
Siân has a first class degree in modern languages from Durham University. After graduating, she worked as a social media manager and translator in Spain. However, her passion for genealogy drew her to Anglia Research.
As well as researching her own family tree, she has worked as a volunteer transcriber for familysearch.org in her spare time.
Just wanted to say thank you for your assistance, my mum... was very pleased with the service and professionalism shown by yourself and your company.
Cherrill Theobald, Cert. Ed.
Having other researchers around you means you’re constantly picking up new approaches. You’re always learning about additional resources, adding to your historical knowledge and extending your skills.
Family history has been part of Cherrill’s life since the 1970s. A former teacher, for many years she ran a genealogical business side by side with her professional life.
Cherrill loves the detective work involved in probate research, and enjoys nothing better than gathering together the scattered strands of dispersed families and proving their connection beyond reasonable doubt.
She is the author of two books about the Tilley family.
Cherrill's interviews and articles: Shining a light on the past.
Caroline Gerard, MA
Caroline’s interest in genealogy grew out of her fascination with both people and history, with the various threads which help to make us what we are and with the twists and turns of circumstances which lead us to where we are now. For nearly 20 years as a professional she has been helping people with their own familial discoveries.
When she’s not roaming Scottish archives and records offices, Caroline can be found recording gravestone inscriptions, clearing weeds and ivy with the Friends of Warriston Cemetery, editing the quarterly journal of the Scottish Genealogy Society or exploring and explaining the history of Dean Village, once Edinburgh’s main milling area.
Graham Hicks, BA (Hons), member of AGRA
Graham is based in Lancashire. His interest in genealogy started over 30 years ago when a favourite aunt died and he started researching her family. Before he knew it, he was hooked.
Having worked for the National Trust for over 20 years, looking after properties that were open to the public, he left in 2008 and later started his own genealogy research business.
Graham is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and a full member of AGRA, the Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives.
With a background in sales, bookkeeping and business accounts, Vanessa supports the in-house finance team.
With more than three decades’ experience as a legal secretary, including many years working for top city law firms, Beverley’s typing speed is in excess of 80 wpm. Together with her efficiency and helpful attitude, this makes her an invaluable member of the probate team.
Company Secretary & Finance
With a deep understanding of business accounting and the intricacies of probate estate distribution, Sheila is responsible for the smooth running of the finance department.
Rosie Kelly, BA (Hons)
Rosie has a first class degree in English literature from the University of York. She is studying to become a chartered legal executive and received a distinction in the first set of CILEx exams. She is based at our Leeds office, where she supports the legal research team.
Rosie's articles: Ashes, urns and the law on moving human remains.
Nick Ingham, LLB (Hons)
Nick joined the company in 2006 from a claims litigation background of over 20 years with solicitors and insurers.
Nick was pivotal in setting up a new legal practice in 2001 to handle volume claimant personal injury work sourced from blue chip referrers. The practice was created on the basis of systems and processes developed by Nick, and he undertook the firm's accountancy, IT and litigation functions for the following five years. He came to Anglia Research with a wealth of business experience, in addition to being a keen family historian.
Nick now likes to think of himself as ‘a genealogist with a law degree’ and views his current role as a unique and challenging opportunity to combine his interest in the two subjects with the demands of providing specialist advice and assistance arising from the various services offered by Anglia Research.
Nick's articles: A helping hand.
Your success in this matter is much appreciated. I also thank you for your courtesy and prompt response to my letters and telephone calls.
— D Barnes
Phone: 01473 344949
Nicki has many years' experience as a legal secretary working for leading regional law firms. With extensive knowledge of dealing with probate matters, Nicki is organised, articulate and is an excellent addition to our growing team.
Louise Kneller, LLB (Hons) LLM GCILEx
Louise is a graduate in law at undergraduate and masters level. She joins Anglia Research from Sue Ryder, where she was responsible for all legacy administration within the charity, and gained a thorough working knowledge of probate processes.
A graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, Louise is currently working towards becoming a fellow, specialising in probate administration and, in particular, intestate estates.
Sue joins Anglia Research from Birketts, which is ranked as a top 100 UK law firm and highly rated for probate work. Having spent 17 years at Birketts as a probate executive specialising in intestate estates, Sue has a huge fund of practical experience. She attends to all aspects of estate administration, and particularly relishes complex cases.
Joanne Clayden, LLB (Hons)
Head of Probate Administration
Joanne qualified as a solicitor in 2001. Previously with international law firm Eversheds, she joined Anglia Research in 2009 to head up our in-house administration team which assists with every stage of the legal process from applying for a grant of letters of administration, to valuing the deceased’s assets, paying any debts and taxes, and distributing the estate.
Joanne is an experienced probate practitioner whose knowledge of intestacy administration would be hard to match. With a reputation for handling complex cases with ease, she and her team aim to give every client the best possible support, tailored to their individual situation.
Joanne's articles: Proposed probate application fee reforms – make sure you have your say.
As well as filling the role of office administrator, Emma is personal assistant to executive director Philip Turvey.
Emma joins Anglia Research following six years working in publishing, where she gained experience of all areas of business administration. Her organised approach and keen eye for detail make her a welcome addition to the team at our Ipswich office.
Phone: 01473 358233
PA, Business Development Coordinator
As well as filling the role of business development and marketing coordinator, Emma is PA to chief operations officer Mark Witter.
Emma joins Anglia Research from a background in marketing and office management. Her strong organisation skills and enthusiasm make her a welcome addition to the team.
Mark Witter, CMS DMS MBA
Chief Operations Officer
Anglia Research benefits from Mark’s outstanding record in achieving international business growth, global business development and corporate governance expertise. Mark draws on his previous successes as an International Group chief executive officer, managing director, sales and marketing director, business development director, global partner and alliances director and chief operations officer in technology, consulting, services, manufacturing and product environments.
Phone: 01473 344940
Case Operations Manager
After a number of years in the insurance industry, Richard joined the family firm in 2003 to help manage its continued growth.
A first-class researcher who manages to solve the most intractable problems, he also specialises in land and property, helping to secure and protect any at-risk estate assets and ensuring that the best potential value is realised.
Richard's articles: Two soldiers and a forgotten plot of land.
Philip Turvey, BA (Hons)
After graduating in business studies, Philip joined Anglia Research in its early years to manage the day-to-day functions of the business.
His unparalleled research knowledge and near-photographic memory are major assets to the company. Over the years, the knowledge he has accumulated of specialist and obscure areas of law has earned the respect of the legal profession.
As Philip says, “When it comes to intestacies and unclaimed assets, one can never predict the legal journey that lies ahead. The simplest case can unexpectedly branch out into almost any area of law.”
Philip's articles: Double charging: unethical, unjustifiable and rife, Case history of James Taylor, Guarding against risk, Why conduct a bankruptcy search?
I approached Anglia Research on the recommendation of my solicitor at a very difficult time – my family and I had just discovered the existence of a fraudulent will. All of the family knew it was fraudulent but we had to persuade the civil court (and later the police) of what the fraudsters had done and how they had done it. It was an extremely stressful time for us and in addition, our solicitor suggested we do as much of the work as possible to reduce costs, so I approached Philip Turvey, of Anglia Research, to discover more about the man who claimed to be the sole beneficiary of my mother's will. Very quickly and efficiently Philip Turvey found details of who he was and his relationship to a person closely connected to my mother. This was a complete surprise to myself and the family and it quickly enabled us to move forward with our enquiries and evidence collection. I am very glad to say that both the civil and criminal cases were successful. I will always be grateful for the professionalism and understanding offered by Anglia Research and of Philip Turvey in particular at this difficult time.