The small CHACR staff is comprised of a unique mix of military and civilian staff. The civilian staff offer a wide range of expertise and, without the limitations that would inevitably be placed upon them through membership of the armed or civil services, can also offer unconstrained views, insights and opinions. The military staff, while contributing to the research programme, also maintain close links with the Army (and especially its Strategy and Capability departments) to ensure that the CHACR's programme of work aligns with the Army's force development priorities. The core staff is enhanced by a network of support, ranging from visiting fellows and serving soldiers to like-minded organisations across the globe.
During 34 years of military service, and nine operational tours, Andrew Sharpe commanded on operations in all ranks from second-lieutenant to brigadier. He left the British Army as a Major General, completing his military career as the Director of the UK MoD’s independent think-tank: the DCDC. For three years he ran the UK Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Panel.
Doctor Sharpe is the Director of the Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research. In addition, as an independent consultant, he partners with governments, international organisations and businesses to provide strategic, operational and leadership advice, support and mentoring. He is a senior mentor on the Army’s Generalship programme; a Visiting Senior Research Fellow of King’s College London; an Honorary Fellow of the Strategic Studies Institute of the University of Exeter; a Founding Associate Fellow of the Cambridge Security Analysis Institute; an Expert Panel member of the Cambridge Governance Labs; and he lectures and advises widely and internationally on strategy, leadership, risk and operational art. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Poppy Factory. He has an MA in International Studies from King’s College London, and a PhD in the Strategic Leadership of International Intervention from Trinity College Cambridge.
Colonel Martin Todd read Modern History at Oriel College, Oxford before being commissioned into 16th/5th The Queen’s Royal Lancers in 1991. He has extensive armoured experience, commanding sub-units in the reconnaissance, main battle tank and infantry roles, leading to command of The Queen’s Royal Lancers. His operational experience has included tours in Cyprus, Iraq and Afghanistan.
In staff posts, he was chief of staff of an armoured brigade, spent two years on the Army Strategy branch and was Director of Staff in the Headquarters of Joint Forces Command. He was made an MBE in 2000. Since January 2016 he has been the Assistant Head of the CHACR, with responsibility for coordinating the CHACR’s activity in order to provide support to the Army Staff.
Dr Ziya Meral is a Resident Fellow at the Army’s Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research. He is also the founder and director of the Centre on Religion and Global Affairs, a new research and policy initiative exploring the relationship of religion with contemporary issues with a focus on Africa and the Middle East.
He is an expert on Turkish and Middle Eastern foreign policies, and thematic issues of religion and violent conflict. He has given numerous television and radio interviews for British and international media outlets, and lectures internationally in leading universities as well as diplomatic and political institutions.
He holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge in political science, an MSc in sociology from the London School of Economics, a Masters of Divinity from the International School of Theology Asia in Manila, Philippines, and a 1st Class BA from Brunel University.
His role as a Resident Fellow involves running the CHACR Lecture Series and In Depth Briefings that address issues of interest to the Army and wider British defence. He is currently conducting a research project on the changing character of warfare in the Middle East and writing a book on religion and conflict in a global age.
Dr. Louise Tumchewics is a historian with a particular focus on C-IED and EOD and with wider interests across a range of defence-related topics.
She completed her PhD in war studies at King’s College London, where she also taught a number of undergraduate-level War Studies and International Relations courses. She is currently supporting a CHACR study into Force Development with particular focus on the conceptual development of future force structures and conducting work on the nature of 'decisiveness in war'.
Louise volunteers with several organisations, including the Felix Fund, the Bomb Disposal charity.
Dr Matthias Strohn is currently on secondment to CHACR from the Department of War Studies, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Buckingham and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Dr Strohn was educated at the University of Münster (Germany) and the University of Oxford. From the latter institution he received his MSt and his DPhil with a thesis on the German army in the inter-war period.
Dr Strohn is a specialist in the history of warfare in the 20th century, with a special interest in the World Wars, the inter-war period, command and leadership, the development of doctrine and the application of doctrine on the battlefield
Dr Strohn holds a commission in the German army (current rank Lt.-Col.) and is a member of the military attaché reserve. He has served on the defence attaché staffs in London, Paris and Madrid and he deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with both the British Army and the German Bundeswehr.
Dr Strohn is a keen battlefield studies guide and has led tours in Europe from Normandy to Stalingrad. He has also worked on television and radio as both historical adviser and interviewee and he has acted as historical adviser for Operation Reflect, the British Army’s commemoration of the First World War.