Meet the Guides
Mike Seigel has been a guide since 2012 and Chair since 2015. He has spent his life in education and still does consultancy work; he frequently travels abroad, including helping teachers in Rwanda and Cambodia and giving lectures on cruise ships.
Charlotte Morrison is the Booking Secretary and has been a Kingston Tour Guide for since 2016. She has always been interested in history and finds being a guide challenging but most enjoyable. She looks forward sharing Kingston's rich history with you.
David Bowell was born in north Kingston and has lived in the Royal Borough all of his life. He has memories of Kingston during the second world war and has seen many changes over the years. After attending a walk which sparked his interest, he became a guide in 1998.
Allan Brown trained as a Kingston Tour Guide in 1998 as an outlet for his fascination with our rich local history, after retirement from Airline Industry posts in London and overseas.
Julian McCarthy's passion is searching for obscure, forgotten historical nuggets of Kingston that he believes are waiting to be found, buried in the pages of old books, maps and photos. He is a would-be historical detective and ‘solver of the unsolved’. A Chartered Design Engineer and a Building Services Consultant, he is also the author of two books about Kingston upon Thames.
John Pink has been a Tour Guide since the mid-1990s and is the author of a dozen books or booklets on Kingston and Surbiton history, including “Stage Coaching in a Market Town” and “The Washerwomen’s Strike of 1872”. John is also a member of two U3A study groups.
Martha Liddle has lived and worked in Kingston for 20 years. Recently volunteered to join KTG, due to her passion for local history. A multilingual tour guide, Martha's interests also include photography and architecture.
Linda Richards is the Deputy Chair of the Tour Guides. As someone who is very committed to the community, in 2014, Linda responded to an advertisement asking for volunteer tour guides for Kingston. She is also involved in the Tour Guides' publicity group. Linda is passionate about the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and tries to participate and support anything local whenever possible..
John Cannon is the Tour Guides Treasurer and is a storyteller, thespian, tour guide and resident for forty years. John loves the history and idiosyncrasies of Kingston upon Thames and he has been sharing his enthusiasm for "That famous place" as a guide since 2010.
Bryony Bridges has been a Kingston town guide since 2012. As well as local and general history, her other interests include singing in a choir and wildlife and conservation.
Mike Gibbs is a Northerner who has lived in Kingstion upon Thames for over 25 years. He joined the Kingston Tour Guides in 2015, partly because of how much he has enjoyed watching tour guides "perform" in other historic towns and because of his love for his adopted town and passion for local history. Mike is the Tour Guides' Webmaster.
Joan McConn was chair of the Tour Guides from 2000 to 2015. Joan joined in 1995 and was initially responsible for the group's publicity. Joan loves travelling and is the perennial tourist; she feels that it's great to share her knowledge of Kingston and Surbiton with others.
Sheila Taylor has been a Kingston Tour Guide since 2007 following her passion for local history. A retired town planner Sheila's other interests include art, architecture, rock music and swimming.
Bernadette Jansen joined the Kingston Tour Guides in 2018. She was previously a Blue Badge guide in Cambridge and showed tour groups round the UK and Europe. She is interested in meeting people and sharing Kingston's fascinating history. Bernadette is currently the Guides' Minutes Secretary.
... our shy Guides
Carole McGrath specialises in walking tours of Kingston for British and overseas students.
Betty Johnson became a Tour Guide in 1993 which was the last year that all the shops were closed on Sundays, making a Sunday morning tour much quieter than today! Her main hobby previously was in running a Guide Company for over 40 years. Since 2000, Betty has been a volunteer at the Royal Star & Garter Homes for disabled veterans; she was award the British Empire Medal for her work there in the 2018 New Year's Honours.
... and our Trainee Guides
All photographs courtesy of Francis Gibbs Photography.
Helen Trott and Michael Griffith are our newest recruits, currently learning to be tour guides.
Gill Grandison is currently a trainee guide.