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Trustee statements

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

Dr Jane Grenville OBE (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.

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 Marilyn Palmer MBE (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 is and now Head of Conservation for the Trust in Wales. 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.

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.

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.

Edward Bace

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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