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Trustee statements

Trustees are elected to serve for a three-year term, and can be re-elected twice before they have to stand down under the constitution having served for nine consecutive years.

Our board of trustees need to have a broad base of skills in order to fully support the running of the CBA. As such, nominees do not necessarily need in-depth archaeology and we are looking for wider business, management and technical skills to add to our existing portfolio of experience. We also like to have a representative geographical spread of our trustees.

If you would like to stand for election as a trustee, please contact Mike Heyworth, Beatrice de Cardi House, 66 Bootham, York YO30 7BZ or email

Prof Marilyn Palmer MBE (Chair)

Marilyn read history at Oxford, but came across industrial archaeology there at the same time that the CBA recognised the discipline and set up the Industrial Monuments Survey in the 1960s. Having taught industrial archaeology in adult education, she was eventually able to pursue it at university level and has worked hard to ensure its academic acceptance and to define a methodological framework for the study of industrial structures and landscapes within an archaeological context. Europe’s first Professor of Industrial Archaeology, she was Head of the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester from 2000–2006, teaching post-medieval and industrial archaeology and the archaeology of standing buildings. Recently retired, she is now a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow, researching the social impact of technological innovation on country house estates. She continues the CBA’s pioneer recognition of the place archaeology plays in the study of the modern world, and believes strongly in the role that CBA regional groups play in linking professionals and volunteers in studying the archaeology of all periods.

Helen Maclagan (Vice-Chair)

Helen currently works freelance, following early retirement from Warwickshire County Council (as Head of Heritage and Culture) in 2010. Previously she headed the Warwickshire Museum Service; before that, during 20 years as County Archaeologist, she was active in many archaeological bodies and a chair of the (then) Association of County Archaeological Officers. She is a Member of the English Heritage Advisory Committee and a former Commissioner of the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. Helen has considerable experience of historic environment policy, strategy, projects and casework locally and nationally, and has been active in the museum sector regionally. She has worked extensively with the voluntary heritage sector. Her interests include community engagement with the environment, sustainability in a heritage context, World Heritage Sites, and tangible and intangible heritage in relation to wellbeing. Since leaving full-time work, Helen is involved in a wider range of community and voluntary activity. She is currently UK National Commission for UNESCO’s Director for Culture.

Prof David Austin (Vice-Chair)

David began his interest in archaeology when an undergraduate at Southampton University reading for a degree in English.  He instantly fell in love with the discipline, especially its field aspects and went on to a postgraduate career at Durham University.  While in the north-east, he began his lifelong connection with the study of historic landscapes, their settlements and buildings.  He conducted a number of rescue excavations, while working as freelance archaeologist, as well as the beginnings of a major project on the guardianship monument of Barnard Castle in Teesdale which was published as Acts of Perception.  In 1976 David took up an appointment as lecturer in what was then St Davids University College Lampeter.  He finally retired from there as Professor in 2015 having set up the Department of Archaeology and serving as Head of the Faculty of Social Sciences.  Over his career he has been engaged in the support of many societies and institutions associated with archaeology, including the CBA itself, serving as chair of its Higher Education Committee for a while as well as membership of other committees.  Research has been conducted in the north-east and south-west of England, in Wales and in south-eastern France.  Currently he is working on a designed landscape project with the National Botanic Garden of Wales, a house restoration project in the Black Mountains with the Landmark Trust and a major project of research and heritage regeneration at Strata Florida, a former Cistercian Abbey in Ceredigion, West Wales.

Bob Sydes (Honorary Secretary)

Bob has been active in archaeology for over 40 years. He began his career on a number of major urban excavations in Northampton, Hull and Lincoln, before managing the South Yorkshire Archaeology Field Unit for eight years. In 1993, he moved to the curatorial side of local government and headed up the new development control archaeology service at Cambridgeshire County Council followed by a move to the Unitary Council of Bath & North East Somerset in 1996 as their Archaeological Officer, responsible for development control archaeology, policy and strategy. As Heritage & Environment Manager for North Yorkshire County Council between 2006 to 2010 he was responsible for the coordination of ecology, archaeology, building conservation, landscape and countryside management specialisms for development management and planning policy.  Bob is presently employed by the City of York Council as Heritage Renaissance Officer, responsible for managing and delivering a variety of historic environment projects including: a public realm strategy; historic environment characterisation; conservation area appraisals and a wayfinding strategy for York. He brings a broad range of skills and experience to the CBA.

Edward Bace (Hon Treasurer)

Edward holds a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan, USA, and has had experience in research and fieldwork in Italy, Greece and North Africa.  His thesis was on inscriptions and brickstamps from the Roman colony of Cosa on the Tuscan coast, which contributed to knowledge of the history of the site, based on excavations undertaken there by the American Academy in Rome.  After teaching for a few years at universities in the New York City area, Edward began to follow a career in finance and banking, which took him to London.  He has recently returned to academics, and teaches full time at Middlesex University, as well as advising companies.  He is committed to bringing to the Board commercial and financial expertise, in addition to a passion for our archaeological heritage.  Given his experience in finance and business, he is particularly keen to contribute to treasury-related activities on behalf of CBA, in these ever more testing times for charitable organisations.

Marjoleine Butler

I am not a professional archaeologist, but have been actively involved in archaeology for over 25 years – first through my very active local archaeological society in Basingstoke, as Treasurer and Chairman, and then by joining CBA Wessex as Hampshire rep and subsequently as Chair. I believe archaeology is very much about getting people actively involved, and whilst Chairman of CBA Wessex we instigated and ran the very successful What’s Under Your School project and set up WAFA (Wessex Academy for Field Archaeology), of which I’m a Director, and which enables people to get involved at a practical level through a variety of courses. I have a Certificate of Higher Education in Archaeology from Reading University. I work full time as a Business Manager in the Lottery Industry, and I believe that my 30+ years’ experience in business will bring a different perspective to support the CBA team.

Peter Connelly

I have worked in professional archaeology since finishing my archaeology degree in 1993. As Project Director of the Hungate Excavations, I directed the biggest ever excavation in York city centre. My archaeological career has covered a broad range of periods, skills and experiences. All of which I think will be instrumental in helping to guide the CBA through the archaeological landscape as it changes over the coming years. I have experience of dealing with multi-million pound budgets, have been heavily involved in archaeological training programmes since 1994 and I have key experiences in Community, Public, Outreach and Education archaeology. My current job also requires that I have business development and marketing skills. I firmly believe in Archaeology for All, which singularly reflects the CBA’s Mission Statement and I would like to think that my career has been one of participation, discovery and advocacy.

Lis Dyson

My interest in archaeology was sparked by a campaign to save a local medieval gatehouse and volunteering on excavations with the York Archaeological Trust. Intrigued by palaeolithic archaeology I undertook a degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Quaternary science, with work in Sussex and south west France. I worked for several years in London, supervising waterfront and city wall excavations. Keen to help improve standards in archaeological work, I moved to local government archaeology at Kent County Council and have been County Archaeologist there since 2008. I currently chair the Planning and Legislation Committee for the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers and have been involved in discussions with government departments about changes to the planning system. I am presently co-secretary for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Industrial Heritage and a member of the Fieldwork Committee of the county archaeology society. I believe it is essential to the future of archaeology that local archaeological groups and individuals are involved in all aspects of archaeological work and I am committed to providing opportunities for as wide a range of people as possible to take part in excavations and other fieldwork.

Tim Hedley-Jones MVO

Tim’s interest in archaeology began at an early age, with his collection of willow pattern china and Keiller marmalade jars excavated from the flower beds of the Victorian house in which he grew up. He went on to study Archaeology and History at the University of York, graduating in 1990. He then worked for HM Diplomatic Service until 1998 including three years spent at the British Embassy in Moscow. Tim then returned to York to complete an MA in Archaeological Heritage Management in 1999. Since then he has worked for the franchise operating the East Coast Main Line train service where he is now Major Projects Director. With responsibility for a number of listed stations including the Grade 1 Newcastle Central, he has a particular interest in the challenge of integrating historic structures within contemporary commercial and operational environments.

Dr Mike Nevell

I have been involved with my regional CBA group since the late 1980s and am currently Chair of CBA North West. A professional archaeologists of more than 26 years, I am Head of Archaeology at the Centre for Applied Archaeology at Salford University, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a member of the Institute for Archaeologists. I have extensive experience of teaching in the university and continuing education sectors but also knowledge of professional archaeology, having been director of an archaeology unit. My research interests include the industrial revolution and industrialization (I am co-author of the recent CBA Handbook on Industrial Archaeology), community archaeology, and buildings archaeology. I am currently director of the Dig Greater Manchester community archaeology project and have been involved with community archaeology since the 1990s. My experience thus spans both the academic, voluntary, and professional sectors.

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