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Dr Bernard LambDr Bernard Lamb

Dr Bernard Lamb

Peter Barker

  Michael Gorman 

Bill Ball

Mike Plumbe

Debbie le May

Prue RaperPrue Raper

                              Who's who in the QES                              


Bernard Lamb, President of the Society

Dr Bernard Lamb joined the QES as a life member in 1981 and has been President since 2007. He is the author of three QES research books based on national surveys, and of 'The QES Practical Guide to Punctuation'. 'The Queen's English and How to Use It' is his latest publication. For 40 years he taught and conducted research in genetics at Imperial College London where he studied and tried to improve his students' use of English. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and of the Royal Society of Medicine, holds a BSc, a PhD and a DSc, and has written more than 100 scientific papers and books including The Applied Genetics of Humans, Animals, Plants and Fungi and Human Diversity: Its Nature, Extent, Causes and Effects on People. He has also been Chairman of the QES London Branch for 21 years.


Peter Barker, MBE, Chairman of the QES Committee

Peter Barker trained at RADA before becoming a well known voice on BBC Radio, where he set an example of excellent spoken English.


Michael Gorman, committee member.  Michael is now retired after a degree in physics and a career in computing. He likes to see English used to explain things lucidly, while insisting that sometimes only the mathematics can make things clear. He helped to prepare the QES book "Shakin' the Ketchup Bottle", published in 2008, and is currently a proof reader for Quest. 


William (Bill) Ball, Hon. Treasurer (treasurer@queens-english-society.org)

Bill acts as a proofreader for Quest and has prepared some of the material for our on-line 'Learner's guide to everyday English'.  He has no doubt that the expert guidance and infectious enthusiasm of his English teacher at grammar school were instrumental in ensuring that he would take more than a passing interest in the grammar and usage of the language after he left school.   Bill is married with four daughters and nine grandchildren.


Michael Plumbe, Membership Secretary (membership@queens-english-society.org)

Mike is a former chairman of the society and an indefatigable campaigner for good English.


Debbie le May, Editor of Quest and acting webmaster (editor@queens-english-society.org)

Debbie le May is currently a freelance journalist and frequently acts as editor and sub–editor for a number of local newspapers; she has been a writer for more than 20 years.  She has had experience in public relations and is a former member of British Mensa.  Debbie was a local councillor for over 26 years and stood for Parliament in the 2005 and 2010 General Elections. 


Ruth Hazeldine, Secretary (secretary@queens-english-society.org) 

I acquired my love of the English language from the teachers at my grammar school. From there I attended the Institut Français de Londres, studying the language and literature of France. I have worked in advertising and as a Medical Secretary in my local hospitals in Highgate and Hampstead. I joined the Queen’s English Society about 20 years ago and am pleased to be able to use my secretarial skills in its service.

I live in Highgate, north London, where I am an active member of the Highgate Society as well as a number of other societies based in London. 


Prudence Raper

Pru comes from a family of wordsmiths and a house full of dictionaries of every kind.  They did The Times crossword every day ("It was much easier when I was a child") and her job was to look up the quotations, which usually came from Shakespeare, Chaucer, Omar Khayyam or A Shropshire Lad (copies kept permanently within easy reach).  Her father did not allow a Dictionary of Quotations, saying it was better for his children to look them up.  Her schooling was not good and she failed to get a place at university.  However, she quickly got a job in an advertising agency, and put her writing skills to good use.  As a freelance writer, she has worked for a number of international clients and in magazine journalism.  She particularly enjoys writing parodies and doggerel – another family trait.