The Council of the Society meets twice a year to oversee its affairs. Its membership includes the President, Treasurer, Council Secretary, General Editor, Membership Secretary and ordinary members, whose interests represent the range of subjects on which the Society publishes. Council operates under a set of rules adopted by the members, which are available here.

Council's report for 2016

Council's previous reports can be found at the bottom of the page.

Dr Ian Atherton

Ian Atherton is currently a senior lecturer in history at Keele University, with interests in early modern Britain and in the commemoration of war. He has published on aspects on the English civil war, including co-editing a volume of Sir William Brereton's letters relating to the end of the war in 1646. He also teaches local history at Keele.


Dr Paul Booth

Paul Booth, who is a graduate of Sheffield and Liverpool Universities, has published widely on the social, economic and administrative history of medieval Cheshire and other aspects of the history of the North West. For over thirty years, he taught and organised University Continuing Education courses in History and Local History in the region. Several of his classes formed themselves into successful local history societies, all of which have active publication programmes. He has served on the Councils of all of the regional local history societies, has been chairman of both the Cheshire Local History Committee and the Lancashire Local History Federation and was president and joint general secretary of the Chetham Society. He is now an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in History of the University of Liverpool, and from 2008-11 was co-director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Gascon Rolls project jointly with Malcolm Vale of the University of Oxford. In 2011 he was awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters of Liverpool University.


Dr Dorothy Clayton – Council Secretary

Dorothy Clayton studied History at Liverpool University and Librarianship at University College London. She is Head of Scholarly Publications at Manchester University Library, and Editor of the Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. Her doctoral research studied the legal records of late medieval Cheshire, and a monograph based on her study was published by the Chetham Society (The Administration of the County Palatine of Chester, 1442-85). Dorothy is a Council member of several local history societies, including the Chetham Society, Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society and the Manchester University Medieval Society. She is a committee member of the Library and Information History Group of CILIP and acts as the Awards Manager of LIHG. In addition to local history, Dorothy is a member of the Greater Manchester Council of the Order of St John of Jerusalem. She hopes in due course to research the contribution made by members of the Order during the Second World War.


Dr Peter Cotgreave

Peter Cotgreave was originally a scientist, working as a Lecturer in Zoology at the University of Oxford and a Conservation Biologist at London Zoo. He moved into scientific administration and is now the Chief Executive of the Microbiology Society. His family has lived in Cheshire since the twelfth century and he has published articles about them. Cotgreaves are recorded in a high proportion of the documents published by the Record Society.


Dr Alan Crosby

Alan Crosby is one of Britain's leading local historians, and since 2001 has been editor of The Local Historian. He has published extensively on many aspects of the history of North West England, and his 1991 Record Society volume, Benjamin Shaw's Family Records, has become a standard text in the field of 19th century working class autobiography.


John Davies-Colley

John Davies-Colley is a retired Chartered Accountant with a wide range of experience at both head office and operating divisional levels in a variety of industries in the UK and overseas. After qualifying and gaining initial industrial experience with GKN in Birmingham, he moved to Cape Town and worked in the oil and textile industries. Taking a year off to return overland to the UK, he settled in Chester to work for a lead manufacturing company, firstly as a finance manager and then in computer development. He managed the creation of new finance departments, installing new computer systems and recruiting and training staff before his rolls expanded to include quality control systems and finance management at sites in Bootle and Neuburg, Germany. On the death of his uncle, he took over the management of the family agricultural estate near Chester while continuing his professional career. Now retired, he still manages the family estate and enjoys classical music concerts and operas with his wife, fettling and driving/riding his 1933 Riley car and motorcycles and shooting.


Diana Dunn

Diana Dunn is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Chester. She has a particular interest in the Wars of the Roses and the role of women in late medieval England especially queens. She has studied the contribution made by the nobility and gentry of the north-west in the Wars of the Roses. Her research interests are mainly in social and cultural history combining the use of sources such as wills and personal correspondence with visual evidence from church buildings, tombs and brasses.


Dr Martin Heale

Martin Heale is a senior lecturer in medieval history at the University of Liverpool, and General Editor of the society. His research interests centre on the late medieval church and the English Reformation, and his publications include The Dependent Priories of Medieval English Monasteries (Boydell, 2004), Monasticism in Late Medieval England c.1300-1535 (Manchester University Press, 2009) and The Abbots and Priors of Late Medieval and Reformation England (OUP, 2016).


Jonathan Pepler, M.A., D.A.A. - Treasurer

Jonathan Pepler has been a Council member from 1995, President 2003-2012. A history graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Jonathan has pursued a career in archives mainly in local authorities (Norfolk, Pembrokeshire and Cheshire) apart from a brief interlude in the NHS with Tower Hamlets Health Authority, and was latterly Cheshire County Archivist 1997-2012. He has also held various offices in national and local archival and historical organisations including Chair of the National Council on Archives, and membership of the Railway Heritage Committee and the Archbishop of Canterbury's Advisory Panel on Libraries and Archives. He has published a number of articles in local historical journals and has a particular interest in maps and cartography.


Dr C. B. Phillips - President

Colin Phillips is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester, having retired from a senior lectureship there in social and economic history in 2009. He has published books and articles on north-west England, from Cheshire to Cumbria. In a change of direction, he was joint editor of An historical atlas of Staffordshire (MUP, 2011). A past president of the Historical Metallurgy Society, and of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, he is a council member of the Historic Society, and has been on the Record Society’s Council since 1984.


Dr Fiona Pogson – General Editor

Fiona Pogson studied History at the University of Liverpool and is currently a senior lecturer and subject leader at Liverpool Hope University. Her doctoral thesis focused on the political associations of Thomas Wentworth, earl of Strafford, and she has published articles in History, Historical Research and Northern History on this subject. She served as Hon. Treasurer of the Society from 2000 to 2017.


Dr Brian Quintrell

Brian Quintrell is a graduate has research degrees from Manchester and London Universities. Appointed to Liverpool University in 1965, he found that the Record Society had ground to a halt but that steps towards recovery were in hand, and he was asked to become Treasurer. In time, he was able to publish Proceedings of the Lancashire JPs at the Sheriffs' Table during Assizes week 1571-1694 (Volume 121) which demonstrated the uniqueness of Lancashire's use of the table for much more than entertaining. Later publications have ranged widely as new questions have stimulated Brian's interest, and appear is sources as varied at the English Historical Review and the Oxford DNB, although Lancashire and Cheshire were never forgotten. Brian retired as Senior Lecturer in History from the University of Liverpool in 2000.

Mr Jim Sutton – Membership Secretary

Jim Sutton is a retired Chartered Surveyor whose professional career was spent mainly in Lancashire, Cheshire and North Staffordshire. Following his retirement he studied for an M.A. degree in Local History Studies at Keele University following which he has acted as an Adult Education Local History tutor and for several years has been involved as a tutor at the Keele Latin and Palaeography Summer School.


Dr Daniel Szechi

Daniel Szechi is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and St Antony’s College, Oxford, and after eighteen years as a Professor at Auburn University in Alabama, was appointed Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Manchester in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Royal Historical Society. His books include: The Dangerous Trade. Spies, Spymasters and the Making of Europe (Dundee University Press, Dundee, 2010); 1715. The Great Jacobite Rebellion (Yale University Press, London 2006) and The Jacobites. Britain and Europe, 1688-1788 (Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1994).


Professor Tim Thornton

Tim Thornton wrote a dissertation, subsequently published as Cheshire and the Tudor State 1480-1560, under the supervision of Chris Haigh and is now professor of History and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Huddersfield. Since his first book he has continued to work on aspects of Lancashire and Cheshire, ranging from the reign of Richard II to the impact of the ‘Cheshire prophet’ Nixon in the eighteenth century and beyond.


Sonja Tiernan

Sonja Tiernan in currently Head of the Department of History & Politics at Liverpool Hope University. Sonja has held fellowships at Concordia University Canada, the National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and the University of Notre Dame, USA. She has published widely on modern Irish and British social history and is a contributor to the Dictionary of Irish Biography. Her publications include Eva Gore-Booth: an image of such politics; Sexual Politics in Modern Ireland and The Political Writings of Eva Gore Booth. Her article on re-examining the legacy of Irish women in published in The Shaping of Modern Ireland: A contemporary assessment.


Council's report for 2015 is available here.

Council's report for 2014 is available here.

Council's Report for 2013 is available here.

Council's Report for 2012 is available here.

Council's Report for 2011 is available here.