The British Monarchists Society

The Team

Thomas Mace-Archer-Mills

Thomas founded the British Monarchists Society and is most recognised for his works in conceptualising and overseeing the creation and completion of the 2015 “Realms Portrait” for Her Majesty, and gifted to her by the Commonwealth Realms, organising the Belgrade Royal Wedding of Prince Philip of Serbia in 2017 and for his live commentary at the Royal Wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Windsor Castle in 2018.                           

Dame Mervyn Reading
Director/Secretary General

Mervyn joined the BMS in 2012 as the Secretary General and as a Director. Her career was largely with the MOD until her retirement, where she was a Chief Welfare Officer managing teams throughout the country, responsible for MOD policy on, and training staff in, health and safety, first aid, alcohol and drug abuse, stress, smoking and statistics, but also spent ten years as the Senior Administrator at the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Foulness Island for the MOD.

Alexander Shayler

Alexander is the current Webmaster for the British Monarchists Society. He has been an active member of the BMS since 2014,  and further served as Chairman from 2018-2020. Alexander works in the political and communications industry within Westminster, running campaigns across the world as a consultant based in London.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Hex Austen
Project Admin Officer

Born in London and descended from the House of Orange, Hex Austen has written papers for Parliament, and writes poetry. Well versed in administration, enhanced communication, and community organising, Hex is a staunch monarchist, as well as a political debater and influencer on Social media. She holds a Police commendation, is an ex-parish councillor, and is a certified NLP practitioner.

Barry Theobald-Hicks
Patron Liaison

Barry Theobald-Hicks of Danbury was born in 1945 at Castle Donnington. He has been and still is heavily involved in the St John Ambulance Brigade and is a Freeman of the City of London. Mr Theobald-Hicks belongs to both the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and the Venerable Order of St John, He currently is a Junior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners. Barry joins the British Monarchists Society as Vice Patron and Patron Liaison for the society.  

Anton Van Der Merwe
Membership Services Officer


Sophia Greenblat
Press Officer

Sophia joined the BMS in 2018 and is the current Press Officer. After spending her early life in multiple countries, she came to the UK to study Politics at UCL. She now works in a private Westminster firm as Communications and Campaign Assistant.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Christine Fajana
Events Officer

Ms. Christine O. Fajana is the Events Officer of the British Monarchists Society. Living in Essex and working in the London Borough of Newham, Christine studied LLB Law and possesses a Masters in Law and Finance from the University of East London. Christine is proud of her British Nigerian heritage and enjoys travelling, playing tennis, cooking, socialising, decorating (everything) and especially loves singing. 

Jack Rydeheard
Parliamentary Liason

Jack is from a legal background, and is the Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the British Monarchists Society. He has a large amount of experience in working on and running political campaigns, on a number of different platforms and issues. In his spare time he takes a deep interest in watching and partaking in sport, and has a great passion for languages.

Aleksandra Turner
Community Outreach Officer
Aleksandra currently work as a Senior Officer for Joy Morrissey MP, PPS to the FCO. She leads political and marketing campaigns, worked in general management and contract management. She also spearheaded several resident initiatives in architectural and horticultural conservation, crime prevention as well as fundraising. "I love our country, strive for the preservation of traditional values and the Christian faith as well as the Monarchy in general and her Majesty in particular."


Daniel Mcilhiney
Branch Liaison Officer

Daniel Mcilhiney has been involved in politics, in the UK and USA, since the beginning of the Brexit referendum. He has worked as a political consultant, PR consultant and political commentator. Daniel also serves as the Society's non-denomination religious representative.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Kes Williams
Graphic Design Officer

Kes has worked with companies in the UK and around the world creating everything from clothing lines to websites. From a military family with family and friends throughout the Commonwealth, Kes gained her knowledge in graphic design the old-fashioned way, in a design studio. Being taught by those who had been in the industry since before the computer took over, Kes is well versed in both print and digital mediums.

Marie Seddon

With the BMS since 2013, Marie has provided consultancy services to the organisation, whilst being Patriotically passionate for Royal history. Marie believes in keeping Royal British history within the education system. Marie works in Security Operations for HNW private clients throughout the UK, and is a descendant of Elizabeth Woodville, the Plantagenet Queen Consort, who is Marie’s 16th Great Grandmother.

Rev. Lorelei Bach
BMS America Chairman

Reverend Lorelei M. Floyd Bach was born and raised in Harrisburg, P.A. and possesses a BS in Religion; Master of Divinity. An Elder in the United Methodist Church, with 40 years of Ministry, she retired in 2012. A life-long admiration for Her Majesty began at age 4 during the Queen’s Coronation. Interest in her and the Monarchy continued, and has increased during retirement spending time in the UK and in Her Majesty’s presence.

Georgina Le may

As part of the BMS photographic team, my parner Fred and I work regularly for several heritage and cultural organisations, covering a variety of different events including meetings and weddings. Our photos are frequently published on the BMS website, in another organisation's quarterly magazine and further appear on the websites of other clients.                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Fred Pearson

Georgina and I have been together for several years; regularly working for several organisations, covering events such as parades, receptions, banquets, AGMs and the occasional wedding. Our photos are frequently published in one organisation's quarterly magazine and often appear on the website of other clients. I am proud to be a part of the official BMS photographic team.                                                                                                                                      

Matthew Groves

Matthew Groves blogs for the British Monarchist Society.  He has written articles over the years for a number of societies and thinktanks such as Respublica, Conservative Home, the Critic Magazine, and Free Market Conservatives.  Matthew is completing a research degree in theology at King's College London.  Prior to that he stood for Parliament in Plymouth, served as a councillor in Surrey for eight years and worked for the Church of England's Parliamentary Unit.  Matthew is a committed Royalist and patriot.


Bill Tierney