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The Authors

Who We Are



      H. Edward Mann, a native of Petersburg, Virginia, has held a variety of governmental and political positions. His most expansive national positions involved: a) Directing and managing the activities of 37 federal agencies and innumerable state, local and foreign groups engaged in commemorative activities while serving as Executive Director of the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission, and; b) Building state-by-state support for education reform when appointed by President George H. W. Bush as Special Assistant and Director for Special Events for AMERICA 2000 for Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander.

      Mann has worked as an independent public affairs consultant with clients that included The National Coalition for Health Care, the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks, The Flying Hospital and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.  He has advised and consulted the US Army Museum at Fort Belvoir, the Gettysburg Foundation, and the Tredegar Museum of the Civil War (now called The American Civil War Center). He traveled both domestically and internationally as a personal aide to former President George H. W. Bush on three dozen trips. 

      He graduated from the College of William and Mary, and served on the College’s Board of Visitors 1978-1981. In 2012 Mann was appointed by Governor Robert McDonnell to the State Board of Historic Resources, and he served as the Board’s Chairman. An avid amateur historian, his special interest revolves around Virginia in the 17th through the 19th centuries. He and his wife live in Richmond, Virginia. Their son Will also graduated from William and Mary.


      Lord  Watson was Chairman of CTN Communications and before that for over 10 years was the European Chairman of Burson Marsteller in which capacity he advised many major UK and international companies on their communication strategies. In broadcasting, Alan was a regular presenter with the BBC program “The Money Programme” on BBC2 and “Panorama” on BBC1. He also reported on LWTV, Radio 4 and the BBC World Service, and wrote and presented award winning documentaries over many years.  A former President of the Liberal Party, he was appointed CBE in 1985 and created a Life Peer in 1999. He served as a Member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union. 

      Chairman of the English-Speaking Union for many years, he is now International Chairman Emeritus and was awarded their Churchill Medal. He served as Chairman of the Council of Commonwealth Societies and a member of the Executive Committee of the Pilgrims. He was Co–Chair of the Jamestown 1607–2007 British Committee as well as being the Chairman of the Commonwealth Committee for the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.  In December 2009 Lord Watson was elected to the office of High Steward of the University of Cambridge.  At Cambridge, Alan Watson studied history at Jesus College where he is now an Honorary Fellow.  He was Chairman of the Cambridge Foundation, and is a Life Patron of The Churchill Archives at Churchill College Cambridge.  Before his retirement to Somerset in 2020, Alan held a wide range of chairmanships and honorary posts at Universities in Britain and abroad. Lord Watson is married and has two sons living with their families in London and Brussels.

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Ellen M. LeCompte, CStJ

      Ellen LeCompte graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1971 with a degree in International Economics during which time she studied at Christ’s College, Cambridge.  A Commander and the current Chancellor of the US Priory of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem, a British royal order of chivalry dating back to the 12th century whose Sovereign Head is Queen Elizabeth II, Ellen is involved in supporting the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group and the social and healthcare needs of U.S. communities.  Ellen has for many years been an active member of the English-Speaking Union, an international educational charity founded in 1920 originally between the United States and Great Britain and now global which is dedicated to increasing national and international leadership in education through several exchange programs.  Having served on the national ESU board, she is President Emeritus of the Richmond, Virginia branch.  As a member of the Richmond Sister City Commission, Ellen has organized several joint initiatives between Scenic Virginia and The Thames Landscape Strategy of Richmond-upon-Thames.  Since 2003, Ellen has been named annually to the prestigious of Travel+Leisure magazine’s A- List of top US travel advisors as a UK specialist.  Ellen and her husband, Pettus, live in Richmond, Virginia and have two married sons and four granddaughters.



Jacques J. Moore, Jr.

      Jacques J. Moore Jr. was born in Quantico, Virginia.  A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1975 and served as an infantry officer, commanding several Marine Corps rifle companies, twice while deployed overseas, and also commanded 1st Battalion, 25th Marines. He rose to the rank of Colonel before retiring.  

Jacques moved to Richmond and joined the automobile business in 1990, assuming management responsibility for the local Cadillac dealership which his family had acquired in 1986.  In 2000, Jacques added a Subaru franchise to his Richmond resume.  The combined companies employ more than 65 full-time workers with gross revenue in excess of $50 million.

      He served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Richmond Forum, is a member of the Massey Cancer Center Advisory Board, and served on the Board of Directors of the Maymont Foundation, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls and as a Trustee of the Henricus Foundation.  More recently, he was appointed a confrere of the Order of St. John by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth.

      Mr. Moore is currently pursuing a masters degree in history from VCU where he is exploring Tudor England with an eye toward understanding the ideas that inspired the codification of individual rights, limits on executive power, and the interplay of religious beliefs and government. He is fascinated that three female cousins came to the thrones of England and Scotland at essentially the same time, despite the bias toward male dominance of the day.

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Chief Stephen R. Adkins

      Chief Stephen R. Adkins, the Principal Chief of the Chickahominy Indian Tribe since 2001, is a graduate of Bacone Jr. College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he received his Associate Arts degree. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he received his B.S. in Business Administration. He is a member of the board of trustees of Bacone College where he was awarded an honorary masters degree in Humane Letters in 2007. He retired from DuPont Fibers in 2006 after 40 years of service, and worked for the Commonwealth of Virginia as the Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Human Resource Management. Chief Adkins now sits on the Board of Directors of DuPont Fibers Federal Credit Union and prior to joining the Board in 1998 served on its Supervisory Committee for 16 years.        

      He served as a member of the Jamestown 400th Commemoration Commission and the 2019         Commemoration/American Evolution, and serves on the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Board of Trustees.  In addition to serving on the Charles City School Board for over 20 years, Adkins has been on the boards of the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Captain John Smith National Water Trail, and the Virginia Council on Indians.  Chief Adkins is a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Samaria Baptist Church and a former moderator of Dover Baptist Association, an association of 65 churches.essentially the same time, despite the bias toward male dominance of the day.

Dr. James C. Kelly

      James C. Kelly serves as Chief of Museum Programs for the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C. The opinions expressed here are his own. Formerly, he served as Chief Curator of the Tennessee State Museum and as Director of Museums for the Virginia Historical Society. He received the Ph.D. in history from Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of the Royal Collection Studies course at Windsor Castle. He is co-author of Away, I’m Bound Away: Virginia and the Westward Movement (University Press of Virginia); The Virginia Landscape: A Cultural History (Howell Press); and Jamestown, Quebec, Santa Fe: Three North American Beginnings (Smithsonian Institution).

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