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.

Major General (retired) Doctor Andrew R D Sharpe CBE PhD (Cantab)


Major General (retired) Doctor Andrew R D Sharpe CBE PhD (Cantab)

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 the Chairman of The Poppy Factory and 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 Alistair McCluskey

Assistant Head

Colonel Alistair McCluskey

Colonel McCluskey was commissioned into the Queen's Lancashire Regiment in 1990. He served as a Rifle and Mortar Platoon Commander in Northern Ireland, Berlin and the UK. In 1994 he deployed as a UNMO to Sarajevo and Gorazde where he commanded the UN observer team. In 1996 he transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps.

His Staff career has primarily involved assignments in the Operations, Personnel, Plans and Capability Staff Branches of Army HQ and Joint Forces Command, in both the Medical and General Staff. From 2011 - 2013 he commanded 5 Medical Regiment, with which he deployed to Afghanistan in 2013 in support of 1 Mechanised Brigade.

He attended King's College London between 2001 - 2003 where he gained his MA in War Studies. His areas of interest include the development and use of operational art, organisational change, military culture and the history of the First World War. He is published in the latter and in the development in Air-Land Battle in the inter-war period. 

Dr. Ziya Meral

Senior Resident Fellow

Dr. Ziya Meral

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.

Dr. Louise Tumchewics

Resident Fellow

Dr. Louise Tumchewics

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, MSt (Oxon), FRHistS

Visiting Research Fellow

Dr. Matthias Strohn, MSt (Oxon), FRHistS

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.

Major Adam Wakeham

Executive Officer

Major Adam Wakeham

Major Adam Wakeham commissioned in August 2002 into the Royal Army Medical Corps. He has been lucky enough to spend the entirety of his early career at Regimental Duty, in both Medical Regiments and Field Hospitals in the UK and Germany. On promotion to Major and after ICSC(L) he ventured into the Joint environment as SO2 Medical Personnel Operations in Headquarter Surgeon General.

After HQ Surgeon General, he was a Phase 1 Training Company Commander in Pirbright and, most recently, was the Regimental Second in Command of 33 Field Hospital in Fort Blockhouse. Major Wakeham took up the post of Executive Officer at CHACR in August 2018.

Major Wakeham is married to Rowena and currently resides near Camberley. Together they have three children. When not ferrying the children to an ever-increasing list of clubs and classes, he enjoys (ever slower) road cycling and (increasingly clumsy) mountain biking. 


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