Mike Peters

Mike enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a Junior Leader in 1980; he progressed through the ranks to RSM and was then commissioned in 2000. During his career he has accumulated operational experience in the air and on the ground as a soldier and an officer. Mike served in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq (both Gulf Wars) and Afghanistan. Regimental appointments include QM(T), RSO, BGLO and Squadron Command. Familiar with the Joint environment Mike has served at SO2 level in JHF(A), as DCOS of the UK Attack Helicopter Force and SO2 Land in HQ RAF Tornado Force. He has experience on operations at Battlegroup, Brigade and Divisional Headquarters level.
Passionate about military history and the study of warfare, Mike has been leading Battlefield Studies and Staff Rides since the earliest days of his military career. He is the Chairman of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and a published author.

Jim Tanner

Jim Tanner was commissioned into the Staffordshire Regiment in 1976, rising to command the 1st Battalion, and was its last Colonel. He has extensive operational experience and has held primarily combat appointments, including BM 7th Armoured Brigade, Divisional COS in Iraq and Senior Adviser Saudi National Guard. He taught at the Army Staff College and the Defence Academy and has an honours degree in history.
He has researched, written and spoken on warfare and soldiering and conducted battlefield studies around the world for three-plus decades. He is a published author and Chairman of Trustees of his regimental museum.

Rob Deere

Rob commissioned into the Royal Regiment of Scotland serving as rifle and close reconnaissance platoon commander, adjutant and company commander.  His staff experience ranges from aide-de-camp, through SO3 Close Reconnaissance Instructor, SO2 J5 Plans in the Italian Acqui Division and a double tour as the MA to the COS and SO2 J5 Plans with HQ of the UN Mission in Sierra Leone.  Rob served in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. His final deployment was as a cultural adviser in an advisory team to Afghan National Army kandaks fighting in Helmand.
Rob later worked in West Africa as a consultant to the UN on reform of the Liberian security sector, as a humanitarian programme manager and director focussing on the removal of small arms, explosives remnants of war and the rehabilitation of former child soldiers. Rob is a graduate of the Italian Joint Higher Command and Staff College and holds a Masters Degree in International Military Strategic Studies.

Des FitzGerald
Des retired from the Army in 2015 after over 30 years of service. After enlisting and serving as a Gunner, he was commissioned into the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters (later Mercian Regiment).  He is a self-employed Defence Consultant and was recently working on the STRIKE Brigade experiment, with a particular focus on Concepts and Doctrine. He is a student of the Advanced Command and Staff Course and has served in 1* and 2* Headquarters, as well as being the Chief Instructor of the Combined Arms Tactics Division.

He has a keen interest in military history and is widely read.  In particular, he enjoys visiting battlefields and had has dragged his long-suffering wife over many of them.  He is a ‘Badged’ member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides. He has led tours to the Crimea, Dublin, Italy and Normandy. He has a MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London. He has a particular interest in understanding how and why decisions were made; the impact of doctrine, terrain and organisational culture; as well as trying to relate the experience of the soldiers at the time.