The Executive Director for the Council for British Archaeology (CBA), Dr Mike Heyworth MBE, has announced that he will move on to new challenges in 2020 after 15 years in the role.
Dr Heyworth joined the CBA from English Heritage in 1990, working in a number of roles across the organisation before his appointment as Director in 2004.
During his tenure he oversaw the archaeology charity’s transition to an open membership organisation in 1993 as, alongside its network of CBA Groups, it expanded its mission to engage and involve the public in archaeology.
In the same year, Dr Heyworth oversaw the CBA taking on the management of the Young Archaeologists’ Club, which has now grown from 6 branches to nearly 80 around the UK.
The CBA has always been innovative in its approach to archaeology, and in the mid-1990s, Dr Heyworth was instrumental in establishing both the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) and the flagship electronic journal, Internet Archaeology, with the UK-wide Historic Environment Information Resources Network (HEIRNET) enabling strategic collaboration across key national bodies.
Whilst he was with the CBA, major public engagement projects such as the award-winning Defence of Britain project in 2002 and Home Front Legacy 1914-1918 centenary partnership project in 2014–18 saw thousands of people across the UK participating in archaeological recording of 20th-century wartime remains.
Dr Heyworth championed grassroots engagement in archaeology throughout his career, securing National Lottery funding to enable the first ever training up of 50 community archaeologists through the CBA’s Skills for the Future programme, and showcasing over 1,000 events run by museums, community groups and county archaeological societies each year through the UK Festival of Archaeology.
A strong and vocal advocate for archaeology, he is Secretary of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Archaeology, and a committed campaigner for the reform of the Treasure Act 1996. His time as Chair of the Portable Antiquities Scheme’s Advisory Group, has seen the creation of the code for responsible metal detecting in England and Wales. He has been a strong supporter of local authority archaeological advisory services which underpin archaeological protection through the planning system.
In recent years, Dr Heyworth headed up Heritage 2020, bringing together national organisations and interests across sectors to achieve a step change in collaboration for England’s historic environment.
He was recognised for his services to archaeology in 2007 with an MBE.
Dr Heyworth announced:
“It has been an honour to represent archaeology on so many fronts, and I am so proud of all that we have achieved together. I am looking forward to moving on to new challenges in the heritage sector.”
The CBA are now seeking a successor for this key role.
Details for the post of Executive Director of the CBA are available here