More than 30 years in archaeology and cultural heritage, in the UK and elsewhere. Roles at all levels in various private-, public- and third-sector organisations. Always striving to balance ethical professional practice, pragmatic problem-solving and academic rigour.
The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT) is one of four archaeological Trusts in Wales researching, protecting and interpreting archaeology and cultural heritage. CPAT is an educational charity providing services to government, NGOs and industry. My role is to lead dynamic change, maintaining core values whilst providing strategic vision and direction for the future. Since 2013.
The Black Country Living Museum is an award-winning independent open-air museum, educational charity and heritage attraction in Dudley. My role is to lead the Trustees to help develop long-term vision and strategy, and to support the CEO and leadership team. My aim is to ensure the diversity and sustainability of the Board for the future. Since 2021.
Size of Wales is a charity which provides funding and expertise to local and indigenous communities in tropical regions to help secure their forests and establish sustainable livelihoods. Size of Wales also raises awareness in Wales of the importance of tropical forests and trees in tackling climate change. I am the Trustee lead for HR, acting as mentor to the Director. Since 2020.
Chair • Historic Environment Partnership • Brecon Beacons National Park. The Brecon Beacons National Park is creating a new Historic Environment Action Plan (HEAP) to support its new Management Plan. My role is to Chair the core partnership group developing the HEAP, and to represent heritage on the Stakeholder Reference Panel for the BBNP Management Plan.
Chair • Urban Archaeology Community • European Association of Archaeologists. Co-founder of the EAA Urban Archaeology Community - a forum for discussion of the policy and practice of urban archaeology across Europe and beyond.
Planning, Landscape and Conservation Group • Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site. Multi-agency group reviewing planning policy and practice within the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal WHS and contributing to WHS Management Plannning.
Collections and Learning Committee • Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. The Committee advises the Ironbridge Gorge Museum on collections care, interpretation and educational programming; it also has oversight of the quinquennial review of buildings and monuments.
Visiting Lecturer • School of Architecture and Design • Birmingham City University. Professional postgraduate teaching as part of the MA/Diploma in Conservation of the Historic Environment.
Visiting Lecturer • Department of History and Archaeology • University of Chester. Postgraduate and undergraduate teaching and mentoring on archaeology and heritage management courses, both on the main campus at Chester, and at the University Centre Shrewsbury.
Editorial Board • Offa's Dyke Journal. The Offa's Dyke Journal is an open-access journal publishing research on the archaeology, history and heritage of frontiers and borderlands.
Editorial Board • Historic Environment: Policy and Practice. The Historic Environment: Policy and Practice is an international journal covering political, legal, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of historic environment management.
Nexus Heritage is a UK-based for-profit heritage consultancy delivering projects around the world, with a particular focus on Africa and East Asia. My role was the management and delivery of cultural heritage and archaeology projects, including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Conservation Management Plans (CMPs), international liaison, and strategic planning. 2010-2013.
The University of York is a leading UK university, delivering courses in archaeology, heritage management and related fields. My role was to act as the Course Director of the MA in Historical Archaeology, and also to deliver part of the MA in Landscape Archaeology. I also undertook teaching on other courses - both undergraduate and postgraduate. 2009-2010.
IGMT is a leading independent museum, based in the eponymous World Heritage Site. My role blended curatorial and commercial approaches. As well as managing collections (including designated heritage assets) and large-scale building conservation and landscape projects, I also grew the commercial archaeology business from a two-person outfit into a specialist service with more than 20 colleagues working throughout the UK. This earned income supported research and conservation projects in the Ironbridge Gorge. As part of the Senior Management Team I reported directly to the CEO. 2000-2010.
ARCUS was the commercial archaeological consulting and contracting divison of the University of Sheffield Archaeology Department. Established in 1992, it was at the forefront of the growth of development-driven archaeology in the north of England. In this role I managed, delivered and executed a wide variety of archaeological field projects in the north of England - latterly specialising in complex urban regeneration schemes involving industrial archaeology and historic buildings. 1995-2000.
In the early 1990s the state archaeology service of Sachsen was at the forefront of the great urban regeneration projects cementing the political re-unification of Germany. I worked as supervisor and 'excavation leader' (site director) on projects in Chemnitz and Dresden, principally dealing with complex urban medieval stratigraphy. 1994-1995.
My career began as a field archaeologist, working my way from volunteer trainee to project supervisor and site director. A peripatetic existence on a wide range of projects. Key employers included: Humberside Archaeology Unit, South Yorkshire Archaeology Field and Research Unit, Trent and Peak Archaeological Trust, the British Museum, the University of Sheffield, the West Heslerton Project and the University of Western Australia. This was an interesting period in the UK, when long-established mechanisms and approaches in archaeology were being challenged by the emergence of development-driven archaeology post-PPG16. Sites ranged from palaeolithic to urban medieval, with some gold torcs along the way. 1989-1994.
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA) is the professional association for archaeologists. I was one of the inaugural Board Members following chartership in 2014. Many useful lessons were learned as the new Institute found its feet. I was closely involved with the international development of CIfA, working to help establish CIfA-Deutschland in 2017-19 and acting as the official liason between CIfA and the European Association of Archaeologists. 2014-2020.
The Black Country Living Museum is an award-winning open-air museum and heritage attraction which explains what it was like to live and work in one of the world's most heavily industrialised landscapes. As well as the usual duties of a Trustee I was also involved in Trustee and Senior Managerial recruitment. In 2020 I was elected Deputy Chair, and Chair the following year. 2014-2020.
Non-executive Director (Board Member) • Institute for Archaeologists. The IFA was the established in the early 1980s in response to the growth of professional archaeology. My time on the Board took place at a pivotal moment in the Institute's development, in transition towards its new status as the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. 2009-2012.
Trustee • Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology. The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology is Europe’s leading society for the study and promotion of historical archaeology. It was a privilege to serve two terms as a Trustee of the Society during a significant transition from analogue to digital publishing. 2002-2005 and 2008-2011.
Trustee • Historical Metallurgy Society. The Historical Metallurgy Society is a long-established forum for researchers interested in all aspects of the history of metals and associated materials from prehistory to the present. As Trustee I also served as Conservation Officer (2003-2011) and Chair of the Archaeology Committee (2001-2009). 2003-2011.
Committee Member • Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Over the years I have served on several committees of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, including the International Practice Group, the Research and Impact Special Interest Group and Validation Committees. I have also served in professional conduct cases. Co-founder of the Equality and Diversity Group. 2009-2018.
Planning Committee • Shrewsbury Civic Society. Specialist sub-committee of this long-established Civic Society, helping to lead public engagement with the planning process. 2015-2017.
Reviews Editor • Historic Environment: Policy and Practice. Responsible for procuring, collating and editing book reviews and review articles. Liaison with editorial team and publishers. 2012-2014.
Assistant Editor • Post-Medieval Archaeology. Responsible for managing parts of the editorial process, including identifying and managing peer reviewers and other specialists, liaising with publishers and the Editor-in-Chief. 2010-2011.
Visiting Lecturer • University of Bristol. Delivery of elements of the MA in Landscape Archaeology and the MA in Historical Archaeology, working with Dr Dan Hicks in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. 2002-2007.
Visiting Lecturer • University of Sheffield. Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students on aspects of archaeological practice, historical and industrial archaeology, and historic building recording across a range of courses in the Department of Archaeology. 1997-2000.
Department of Archaeology, 2016.
Department of Adult Continuing Education / Archaeology and Prehistory, 1998.
Department of Prehistory and Archaeology, 1992.
I was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in February 2008. Established in 1707, the Society is the oldest learned archaeological body in the world and Fellowship is by closed election.
The Chartered Institute for Archaeologists is the professional association for archaeologists. Membership is through peer-reviewed accreditation which tests ethical and professional competence. I became MCIfA in 2007, and have since served as a Director and as a member of various professional committees. I provided assistance in the formation and establishment of CIfA-Deutschland in 2017-18, and was official liaison between CIfA and EAA from 2016-20.
cultural heritage • archaeology • landscape • environment