George Bailey graduated in Ecology from Edinburgh University in 1967, before going to Exeter University to research towards his Doctorate in the energy flow through a host-parasite system. In 1973 he began lecturing on urban and environmental issues at the then Polytechnic of Central London. 1977 saw his election to the Greater London Council to represent the constituency of Hounslow, Brentford and Isleworth where he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Industry and Employment Committee.
In 1983 he stood unsuccessfully as a Parliamentary candidate in Aberavon and learned much from what the South Wales people had suffered from the collapse of the coal mining industry. After the abolition of the GLC in 1986 he studied the modular MBA course at The Management College, Henley, whilst continuing as a Senior Lecturer. In 1990 he joined the PCL’s London Management Centre teaching strategic management and marketing to MBA level for 20 years. The School of European Management Studies at Surrey University also gave him the opportunity to run their MBA Strategic Management modular course in Singapore, Hong Kong, Athens and Guildford.
George read for the War Studies MA at King’s College London, graduating in 1999. Dr. Brian Bond, now Emeritus Professor of Military History, was his mentor in the Great War programme thus he wrote his thesis on the Australian General Sir John Monash as the first military manager. Together they made visits to Northern France to explore the Somme and, in particular, Cambrai of which battle Professor Bond is an authority. As President of the British Commission for Military History, he then invited George to become a member. He has had article and book reviews published in their Mars and Clio magazine mainly on aspects of the Great War and now serves on the General Committee of the Commission.
In 2006 George led the successful BCMH ‘Champagne Expeditionary Force’ to Suippes east of Rheims to study the 1915 Champagne battlefield located mainly within the French military camp. Courtesy of the French Army in 2002, he had been shown over the battlefield which is normally forbidden to civilians because the unexploded shells and ammunition have never been properly cleared and the ranges are still used for live firing.
He wrote the chapter ‘Flight through the Retreating Allied Armies: Non-Combatants and the Blitzkreig of 1940′ in the 2012 Pen&Sword book ‘Women in War’ about the escape of Tatiana Saczkowska and her mother from Antwerp through Dunkirk, Paris and Bordeaux to England.
In 2016 he co-organised the international conference ‘The World War at sea: 1914-1919′, (3-4 June), commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Jutland, at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Authors from 14 countries presented 57 papers. His individual paper about his grandfather, Engineer-Captain Nikolai Saczkowski, and the last mission of the Russian minelayer cruiser Enisej is to be published later in 2017 in the Mariner’s Mirror naval journal. It was delivered 101 years to the day after the ship was sunk by the German submarine U26.
His public and political life continued meanwhile (including advising Government Ministers) for which he was appointed OBE in the 1995 New Year’s Honours List. In recent years he has been serving on the Passengers’ Panel advising the South West Trains company of issues facing their passengers, a group forming part of the franchise agreement between the Government and the company.
Besides being the former External Examiner in business studies to Stafford and Reading Business Schools he was also appointed an Honorary Professor of ESERP.
George is married with two children, Nicholas and Dr. Julia, and two grandsons; his main hobbies are sailing from Thorney Island (a Royal Artillery base), Chichester Harbour, and restoring pre-war sports cars – one of which is exhibited in the Brooklands Museum.
George can be contacted at email@example.com.
Dated 9 February 2017