From our head office, to the guides who will join you on your tour, we have an experienced and dedicated team who will help you every step of the way when it comes to planning your school trip to the battlefields and provide you with a seamless experience.
We’d like to introduce you to the key members of our team who will assist in every aspect of your tour planning. Find out more about the individuals who are dedicated to creating truly unforgettable battlefield visits for you and your school, and learn more about their individual knowledge and know-how.
Jacqui Shaw was educated at Reading and Cambridge, and has worked as a teacher for over 20 years.
Inspired to learn more after visiting the Battlefields herself on a school tour, she has been returning ever since and is excited to be able to bring the experience to new generations of students.
With Holts, Jacqui and her team seek to bring history to life, understand the past, and ensure a memorable and rewarding battlefield tour for your students.
Our Expert Battlefield Guides
Our battlefield tour professionals have exceptional knowledge of military history and are passionate about providing interesting, enjoyable and enlightening tours.
Our Head Battlefield Guide, Paul Reed, has a life-long interest in military history, with his father being a WW2 veteran and both his grandfathers serving in WW1.
Paul read history at University and went on to do a Masters. He began working as a Battlefield Guide in 1987 and has worked with parent company, Leger Holidays, since their first ever battlefield tour in April 1997.
When not working for Holts, Paul works as a Military Historian in television, working on numerous documentaries for BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 relating to WW1 and WW2, including ‘Dig WW2’ with Dan Snow and ‘WW1 Tunnels of Death’.
He is also the author of a number of books on WW1 and WW2 including the best-selling Walking The Somme, Great War Lives and Walking D-Day.
Glenn has always been a keen amateur historian and spent his youth with stories about his grandfather who was a casualty at Passchendaele and other family members in both WW1 and WW2.
He has read many books and visited the battlefields on both conflicts on numerous occasions and built a good understanding of them. He is also a Medal Collector and has studied the military lives of those whose medals he owns.
His career was running an Events Management Agency and now semi retired has the time to indulge his passion for Military History and pass on his knowledge to others.
John Lee is well known as a writer, lecturer American Civil War, the Napoleonic Campaigns and, in particular, the operational history of the First World War. He is a member of the British Commission for Military History, an Honorary Research Associate of the Centre for First World War Studies at Birmingham University, and a rank and file member of the Western Front Association, the Gallipoli Association, the Army Records Society, and the Haig Fellowship.
His study of General Sir Ian Hamilton was described as “a model of military biography”. His most recent books are ‘Gas Attacks: Ypres 1915’ and his new book, ‘The Churchills: A Family Portrait’.