Here you can find more about the people who are connected with the Project. In addition to those listed below, we are also assisted by several other people who give up their time and provide us with access to a whole host of resources and information in relation to the work that we do. As everyone works on a voluntary basis, those behind the Project are exceptionally grateful for their commitment in ensuring the Project meets its objectives.
Denis, with Chris Stephens (see below), is the Project’s co-founder and is also one of the two Directors and Members of the 'umbrella' limited company.
Denis has long been interested in military matters. However, it was only after retiring from business, when he joined the War Memorials Trust (WMT) as a regional volunteer and also became a recorder for the National Inventory of War Memorials, that his interest became focussed on this particular aspect of military history.
He was horrified at the risk posed to memorials in St Saviour’s Church, Leicester in particular. A concern that was very well justified when the building was comprehensively vandalised and nearly all the memorials stolen. Fortunately, thanks to Denis and Chris's foresight, all of the memorials had been permanently recorded on film.
With his WMT colleague Chris Stephens, who had for many years been active in keeping an eye on the problem and where possible dealing with it, they were resolved to do something structured about this threat and came up with the idea of a “sanctuary” for memorials at risk.
After many hours of discussion with personnel from Heritage Lottery Fund and Churches Conservation Trust, the Project was formally born, funds were granted, a base was found at All Saint’s Church, Highcross Street, Leicester and a team of willing volunteer experts was gathered together. The Project was on the road!
Chris Stephens MBE
Chris, with Denis Kenyon (see above), is the Project’s co-founder and is also one of the two Directors and Members of the 'umbrella' limited company. Chris has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of Leicester’s religious, social and industrial past and is the Project’s key point of contact where religious buildings are concerned. Chris oversees the Project’s tenure at All Saint’s Church and he has many local connections.
A former RSPCA inspector, in 2002 Chris was awarded an MBE for services to that organisation.
David Humberston and Valerie Jacques
David and Valerie are avid and experienced researchers with a shared particular interest in World War One. Being fluent and extremely capable writers, David and Valerie assist the Project with its marketing material, content and design for leaflets and pamphlets etc. and are always on hand to share their invaluable knowledge and expertise. David and Valerie are the Chairman and Secretary respectively of the Leicestershire and Rutland Branch of the Western Front Association and run a successful annual Armistice Tour to Ypres each November.
Simon is a new member who joined after finding out about the organisation from Denis Kenyon. He is also Secretary of the East Midlands War Memorials Association, a new organisation that promotes the message of remembrance in the East Midlands through education. He has a keen interest in history, including local history, and is keen to ensure we continue to remember the sacrifices of those who have fought for our freedom.
Simon currently works as a Press Officer for a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands.