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 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 The Applied Genetics of Humans, Animals, Plants and Fungi. He has also been Chairman of the QES London Branch for 21 years.


Peter Barker, MBE, Acting 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.


Gareth Hardwick, Acting Hon Secretary and Webmaster

Gareth Hardwick is a part-time teacher of English as a foreign language and was formerly secretary of a large trade association.


William (Bill) Ball, The Hon. Treasurer

Bill acts as a proof–reader for Quest and prepares material for our on-line Guides to Good English.  He has launched a branch of the Society in the West Midlands, (and is always looking for new members), in addition to running his own accountancy business, which he started in 1994.  A former grammar school boy, Bill is very supportive of the QES.  He told me: "My main areas of interest are spelling, punctuation, and the changes that have taken place in the grammar of the language since the days of the Fowler brothers a century ago."


Michael Plumbe, Membership Secretary

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


Debbie le May, Editor of Quest

Mrs 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).  Having experience in public relations, Debbie, a former member of British Mensa, is in her 20th year as a local Councillor and stood for Parliament in the 2005 General Election. 


Ken Thomson, QES Media Consultant

Ken Thomson has worked in the theatre as publicist with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in book publishing as commissioning editor with Harrap and Barrie & Jenkins. He was Head of Press for non-factual programming at the inception of Channel 4 TV in the early '80s and worked there for 15 years. He was PR consultant for Jeremy Isaacs on the launch of ARTSWORLD (now Sky Arts) - the UK's first digital channel devoted to the arts. Born in Australia, he has a rough grasp of English.