Our People

The people most closely connected with the Project are:

Director Members

Denis Kenyon - co-founder

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 - co-founder 

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.

Ordinary Members

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.

Paul Warry

Paul’s background is in business, contract law and finance and his role within the Project is very similar to that of a Company Secretary. Paul makes sure that all our statutory and financial reporting and other obligations are fulfilled and works closely with Denis Kenyon on a variety of matters. Paul is also responsible for maintaining the Project's website and emails.  Paul is the Treasurer for the Leicestershire and Rutland Branch of the Western Front Association and also has close ties with the Airfield Research Group visiting many ex-RAF/RFC bases each year.


Simon Whelband

Simon is a new member who joined after finding out about the organisation from Denis Kenyon. He is also the Secretary to the East Midlands War Memorials Association, a new organisation which 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 that we continue to remember the sacrifices of those who have fought for our freedom.

Simon currently works as a Press Officer a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands.


Jackie Marsh

Roy Birch

In addition to those listed above, 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.

 Details correct as at 24.09.2018

Leicester City, County & Rutland "At Risk" War Memorials Project is a company limited by guarantee and incorporated in England under company registration number 08176202. The address of the company's registered office is The Chancel, rear of All Saints' Church, Highcross, Leicester LE1 4PH. Registered as a charity for tax purposes with HMRC.  © Leicester City, County & Rutland "At Risk" War Memorials Project 2018.
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