Miguel Project Co-Sponsors & Professionals & Support Team Co-Sponsors

Julia McKinlay the widow of Miguel’s son, Michael John McKinlay, has been a long-term admirer of Miguel and his works. Julia is a trustee of MJ McKinlay Will trust, lives in Dorset, helped initiate the Miguel project, and is a Co-Sponsor.


Julia has also been an active supporter for Cancer Research UK and has been appointed a UK Honorary Fellow for her loyalty and dedication for over 27-years of fundraising. Julia also supports the running of a distinguished Jacobean manor in Dorset, being appointed to host visitors.





Michael & Heather McKinlay are Middle East based for now. Michael is the grandson of Miguel and is a trustee of MJ McKinlay Will trust. Michael helped initiate the Miguel project and is a Co-Sponsor.


His role has been to select the professionals, act as overall project manager - next generation involvement is an important goal. Heather oversees funding.


Michael is a former international banker now working in financial advisory with family business groups and new technology.



Miguel Project Lead Professional

Dr Dorothy Erickson is a Perth, Western Australia based, jeweler, author, art critic and historian. Her role has been to help set the vision, provide the professional content leadership, research, and then write the narrative while pressing to retain the momentum.


Dorothy has had a multi-faceted career as a teacher, artist, curator, art historian, author and critic with associated practices in interior and garden design and heritage. She is committed to researching and documenting Western Australia’s art, craft and design history and has advised institutions, audited collections, written books and articles, given lectures, mounted exhibitions, arranged donations to institutions and fundraised to publish; her last book is ‘Inspired by Light and Land: Designers and Makers

in Western Australia: 1829-1969




Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Arts, University of Western Australia 1992.

Master of Fine Arts Preliminary, UWA, 1986.

Bachelor of Arts in Design WAIT [Curtin University of Technology (‘CUT’)] 1979.

Post Graduate Studies, WAIT (CUT) 3D Design, Jewellery and Silversmithing, 1975-77.

Associateship in Art, WAIT [CUT] Painting, Printmaking & Jewellery & Silversmithing 1973.

Teacher's Certificate, Education Department of Western Australia 1958.

Hon Research Fellow WA Museum 1987-date.

Adjunct Senior Research Fellow Curtin University 1996-1998.

Member of the Professional Historians Association of Australia (WA), 2003-date.

Expert Examiner for Portable Cultural Heritage for the Government of Australia 2013-date.

Member of the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority Memorials Reference Group 2016-date.



Western Australian Heritage Awards winner 2017 for Individual Voluntary Contribution.

Shortlisted for the Premier’s Book Award 2016 in the category History.

Peter Walker Fine Art Prize in 2011.

Australiana Prize for Writing in 1994.



Miguel Project Professionals

Audrey Adams lives in Bushey and is one of twelve Trustees of Bushey Museum Trust of which, Audrey is also Vice Chairman.


Audrey is the Miguel project’s direct point of contact for the Museum with which Miguel is very closely connected – 3 of Miguel's banner works are on loan to the Museum.  Miguel was a resident of Bushey and indeed he is buried with his wife in the local churchyard. The connection that Audrey provides to the project is enduring, warm and highly appreciated.


Audrey is a statistician by profession having worked many years for the BBC.



Ric Bower is an artist whose interest  lies in the role of the aesthetic as a vehicle for disclosing truth. His practice includes writing, collaboration, drawing, photography and performance. He took some of the high resolution images for the Miguel project and he developed the website, in its primary iteration.

Nigel Briggs lives in Royal Leamington Spa. Nigel has been most helpful in introducing some parties to the Miguel project and has been a keen supporter and resource.


As former Chairman of the Sydenham History Group in Leamington Spa, when researching one of Miguel's paintings ( ‘The Reader’),  which had been gifted to the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum in 1945, Nigel was to set in motion a chain of events contributing to the origin of the Miguel project.


Nigel is a retired Civil Engineer with a keen interest in his Leamington Spa community and its history. Nigel has spoken widely on a range of subjects of topical interest. He has often been mentioned in articles and on BBC radio. Nigel is an inveterate traveler.



Dr Claire FitzGerald is an art historian and curator, who works for the UK Government Art Collection.


Claire has contributed to knowledge of Miguel Mackinlay with bibliographical research, in addition to archival research and the identification of over 300 illustrations published in Good Housekeeping, Hutchinson's Magazine, and The Strand."



Matthew Hovious  who has worked in Spain as a full-time professional genealogist for more than a decade, handling traditional family history commissions as well as projects involving probate research and finding lost heirs. Matthew supported the genealogy research focussing on Spain.


Matthew won the Foundation for Medieval Genealogy's 2007 Charles F H Evans Award for his article “A Reappraisal of the Medieval Ancestry of the ‘Cranmers of Aslacton”. Some of his other papers were published in The New England Historical & Genealogical Register and The Genealogist, in America. He has appeared on the USA version of Who Do You Think You Are? where he accompanied Martin Sheen, whose ancestry he researched for the programme.


He has lectured at assorted international genealogical conferences, including:

(i) 2011, 7th AIG Colloquium on forgeries in 18C Aragonese proofs of nobility, Bologna

(ii) 2014, XXXI International Congress of Genealogical & Heraldic Sciences,  on the Spanish Civil War's impact on genealogical research, Oslo.

(iii) 2016, XXXII  International Congress of Genealogical & Heraldic Sciences on the use of DNA research to supplement fragmentary records in a 19 C genealogy, Glasgow.

Mark Ghara lives in London where he works in IT at a leading University. Previously Mark worked in Asia and ran his own business providing web design services to his customers


Mark will assume the task of upgrading this website at the appropriate time.


Deborah Lanyon lives in Cheltenham and supports – in a project management role - the Co-Sponsors who have set 8 objectives for the Miguel project, of which the first is the rollout of this Stage I website.


Deborah started her professional life as a performing musician (violinist), having studied with the founder of the Purcell School and a Royal Academy of Music Professor. Deborah went on to read Music (BA (Hons)) at Durham University, followed by an MBA in Arts Management at Durham University Business School (DUBS), for which she received an MSc. While still playing, Deborah decided to retrain in the finance industry and gained further qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM Diploma) and the Chartered Insurance Institute, going on to spend several years in Financial PR & Marketing.


In 1995, Deborah was posted to the Middle East in this role. Having taken a break from the industry to marry and have children, Deborah then spent 8 years working with an Arts/Music-based, not-for-profit group; liaising with embassies, corporate sponsors & ME charities. On returning to Europe, Deborah gained a Diploma in Early Medieval History from the V&A.


Deborah now leads a String Ensemble and regularly performs with a Piano Quintet, while forging a career in Arts oriented Project Management.


Timothy Wilcox ls an independent art historian, curator and lecturer based in East Sussex, England.


He has a post-graduate degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and held curatorial positions in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Hove Museum and Art Gallery and the British Museum Department of Prints and Drawings. As Guest Curator, Timothy has curated exhibitions for the Tate Gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery, The Lowry, Salford, the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, and many other regional venues in Great Britain.


Timothy was an Associate Lecturer at the universities of Brighton and Surrey, and a Course Leader at the Cambridge University Summer School and the Courtauld Institute Summer School.


He is the author of numerous books and catalogues on British painting from the 18th century to the present day, including Laura Knight at the theatre (2008), Hilda Carline, Mrs Stanley Spencer (editor, 1998), Eric Gill and the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic (1990) and The Sussex Scene (co-editor, 1993).  His exhibition, A day in the sun and Outdoor pursuits in art in the 1930s, featured the work

of Miguel Mackinlay, alongside Stanley Spencer, William Roberts, and many lesser-known figures of his generation.


In 2018, Timothy was a contributor to The Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition: A Chronicle 1769-2018, published online by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.





David Richards  provided early support exploring Miguel’s family records; David is a retired senior airline pilot, with a keen interest in genealogy.