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Trustee statements

A brief biography for the President and statement for our current Trustees.

Dr Jane Grenville (Chair)

In 1969 my dad bought me a copy of I-Spy Archaeology. The rest is archaeology… I began digging at the Romano-British cemetery of Poundbury in 1970 and finished at Tell Brak in Syria in 1983, after which I devoted myself exclusively to the archaeology of standing buildings (better for the knees). With a Cambridge degree, I worked on the listed buildings re-survey for Yorkshire and in Chester on the Rows Research Project before joining the CBA in 1988 as Historic Buildings Officer. I spent a great three years there, before moving on to teach in the Archaeology Department of the University of York. I am still at the University, though now in senior management as Deputy Vice-Chancellor, so this election offers an opportunity to return to my true calling and exercise political skills acquired in academia and as a Commissioner of English Heritage (2001-8) at a moment of undeniable risk in the history of British archaeology.

Ms 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.

Prof Marilyn Palmer (Vice-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.

Dr Emma Plunkett Dillon (Vice-Chair)

Emma started to work for The National Trust in Wales in 1985 and now manages a team of archaeologists covering the West Midlands, Wessex Devon and Cornwall. In addition, she has responsibility for a portfolio of properties in South Wales including Dinefwr, where two overlapping Roman forts were recently discovered. She was policy officer for CBA Cymru/Wales between 1998 and 2006 and chairman between 2003 and 2006. Through membership of Wales Environment Link and as an independent voice, she has promoted the significance of the Historic Environment in Wales and the contribution that this can make to delivering the wider social and economic objectives of the Welsh Assembly Government. Emma’s appointment as a Trustee brings a Welsh perspective to strategic planning within the CBA and also to ensure that central policy and projects are more widely disseminated in Wales.

Mr 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.

Mr Jim Thomas (Treasurer)

I am a member of the CBA but not an archaeologist – more of an interested individual. My professional background prior to my retirement is in public service, working for both the UK and US Governments at a senior level. I have also worked in senior positions within industry in financial and commercial roles. I am currently a member of the CBA’s Finance and General Purposes Committee. I am a Chartered Management Accountant and can bring to the Trustee board financial and commercial skills, which are essential for charities navigating the current financial climate, and complementing the skills evident in the current trustees. I have good interpersonal skills and a wealth of experience dealing with people in all walks of life. I understand that the current treasurer of the Trustees is obliged to stand down at this election. With my extensive experience in financial management, I am willing to take over this duty if appointed by members.

Mr 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.

Dr Joe Flatman

Joe’s background is in medieval archaeology and art history. He was a member of first YAC and then later the CBA because of his interests in this subject, and subsequently went on to study for a BA, then an MA, and finally a PhD in archaeology, all at theUniversity of Southampton. Since 2000, he has served on the Executive Committee of the Nautical Archaeology Society, giving him an insight into the working of organisations like the CBA. He is currently in the unusual position of being both theCounty Archaeologist of Surrey and also a Lecturer in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, London. These dual posts mean that his expertise spans government and academic archaeology across the marine and terrestrial environments. Joe has a strong personal commitment to breaking down barriers in archaeology, be these internal barriers within the archaeological community or external barriers to public involvement. Joe is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and member of theInstitute for Archaeologists.

Prof Siân Jones

My interest in archaeology began in the Isle of Man where I had the opportunity to work on the exciting Peel Castle excavations as a teenager. I then took a degree in archaeology at the University of Southampton where I became aware of the importance of archaeology in contemporary societies. I stayed at Southampton to do a PhD on archaeology and ethnicity. Following a brief period working for the CBA on the Publication User Needs Survey, I became a Lecturer in Archaeology at Manchester University in 1998. My main interests now lie in the contemporary social value of archaeological heritage; an area which I strongly believe needs more development in this country. I would welcome the opportunity to contribute further to the CBA’s work, particularly in the areas of education, publication, ethics, and social value. I have carried out a wide range of fieldwork in the UK, particularly Scotland.

Mrs Diana Maudslay Cross

Diana has had an interest in archaeology since childhood, having spent holidays touring English castles and Mayan ruins (the result of living in Mexico during all of her primary school years and spending summer holidays in the UK). As an undergraduate at the University of Sheffield, she was able to take options in Heritage and Conservation Law, Environmental Law and Planning Law. These subjects, together with her background, inspired her to enrol for a Masters Degree researching into the legal protection of cultural property in England and Mexico. She was awarded the degree in 2002, by which time she had become a barrister in mixed private practice. She remained in private practice for 17 before moving to London where she is now the Political Affairs Assistant at the Embassy of Mexico. Diana is always keen to keep up-to-date with key issues in archaeology, although this has never been her professional field. Her legal knowledge, both general and specific, are put to good use to help the CBA.

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.

Prof David Stocker

My experience of CBA began as a volunteer in the 1970s and continued as a young professional working on buildings and excavations in York and Lincoln (Hon. Sec. to Research Committees; editor of Practical Handbook No.1). As an EH officer for 25 years, I worked towards building the CBA into protection measures for industrial remains and, more recently, to achieve CBA’s integration into revived structures for archaeological training.


I believe that my diverse archaeological experience would be useful in CBA’s governance. The proliferation of groups within British archaeology has made CBA’s role as a co-ordinating body more, rather than less, important. This role as British archaeology’s principal hub must be strengthened, building even better links between the many disparate groups: amateur and professional, young and old, those with great knowledge and those who know little, those who care passionately and those who are antagonistic. If archaeology really is everywhere, then CBA needs to be there as well, making everywhere accessible to everyone.

Ms Katy Whitaker

Katy is an Archaeology and Anthropology graduate from the University of Cambridge. Having dug on both contract excavations and research projects, since 1997 she has been at the National Monuments Record (England) and English Heritage. She has provided access to archaeological data and archive material and the National Library of Air Photographs. Her particular interests include the history of RAF reconnaissance, the archaeology of North Wiltshire and experimental archaeology. She has also been a Young Archaeologists’ Club Branch leader since 1998 and a YAC residential experience leader since 2004, providing the CBA with a link to the many children who benefit from the CBA’s work. Public access is at the heart of her job and she brings this focus with her.

Ms Jan Wills

Jan has worked as a professional archaeologist since the mid-1970s. Her early career was spent in archaeological fieldwork in the north and Midlands. More recently, she has worked in local government and as County Archaeologist in Gloucestershire where she currently manges a team delivering curatorial and fieldwork services. Other activities have included teaching at extra mural and postgraduate level. She has had a long involvement with local societies and currently chairs the county archaeology committee of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. Nationally, she has been involved with the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers for many years and has served as both vice chair and chair. This work has included representing the association in discussions with government on policy matters, including the review of PPG16 and the current Heritage Protection Review. Jan represents local government archaeology services on the regional Historic Environment Forum.

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