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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, Council for British Archaeology, 92 Micklegate, York YO1 6JX or email

Ken Smith (Chair)

Graduating in Prehistory and Archaeology from Sheffield University in 1974 and leaving that institution in 1975 for a job with the Central Excavation Unit (CEU), I directed several hillfort excavations – Winklebury and Balksbury Camps – as well as bronze-age sites at Shaugh Moor, Dartmoor.
In 1982 I left CEU to become Sites & Monuments Record Officer for Derbyshire, employed jointly by Derbyshire County Council and the then Peak Park Joint Planning Board. When two separate posts were created in 1987, I joined the National Park Authority (NPA) where I remained until retirement in April 2017.
While employed by the NPA as, variously, Archaeologist, Archaeology Service Manager and Cultural Heritage Manager, I was heavily involved in planning process, policy development and research and recording projects across the National Park, while having responsibility for a range of professional officers – archaeology, buildings, landscape, communities, woodlands.  I was also enabled to engage, principally through the Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers (ALGAO) but also through CIfA, in national issues, particularly landscape conservation, majoring on the inclusion of the historic environment in the development of agri-environment schemes as Chair of ALGAO’s Countryside Committee.  I also served as Chair of ALGAO and the over-arching ALGAO:UK, after leading the reorganisation of the Association into three national and one over-arching UK body.
Inter alia, I have served on Historic England’s statutory Advisory Committee and on the National Trust’s Archaeology Panel, and not least, on the CBA’s Countryside Committee in the 1990s, while also serving on the councils of a range of national and local archaeological societies.
Chair Ken Smith

Prof Carenza Lewis (Vice-Chair)

Carenza Lewis MA ScD FSA FHEA FRSA is Professor of Public Understanding of Research at the University of Lincoln, having previously been Archaeological Investigator for RCHME (1986-99), Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham (1992-4), presenter for Channel 4’s Time Team (1993-2005) and founding director of Access Cambridge Archaeology at the University of Cambridge (2004-15). Her research interests include medieval archaeology and history, rural settlements and landscapes, the archaeology of children and childhood, widening participation in higher education and public and community heritage.  She has carried out archaeological fieldwork and excavation on many sites across southern England, directed numerous community heritage projects and appeared widely on TV and radio. She devised the successful aspiration-raising Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) for teenagers and directed the Cambridge Community Heritage programme and has actively involved thousands of members of the public in these and other archaeological and heritage projects. Her work has been recognised by an honorary doctorate from UEA and shortlisting for the Marsh Award for Public Archaeology and she is currently President of the Society for Medieval Archaeology. She is strongly committed to enhancing educational, economic and social well-being through active participation in archaeology and heritage.

Tim Hedley-Jones MVO (Hon Secretary)

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.

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.

Lady Sue Dormer

I would like to bring my experience in marketing, public affairs and lobbying combined with my knowledge of archaeology to help the CBA achieve its objectives. For the last 25 years, I have been running my own marketing business as a consultant, giving strategic marketing advice at Board level to businesses and professional associations. I have an Archaeology degree from Exeter University and started my career as an archaeologist, working for ten years at the Museum of London in the Department of Urban Archaeology in the front line of rescue archaeology, as well as working on many other research and pre-development sites across the UK. My role also included the marketing communications for some significant discoveries across the City. I hope that my continued passion for archaeology combined with my professional marketing experience can be of value to the work of the CBA in the role of Trustee.

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.

Dr Simon Elliott

Dr Simon Elliott is an award winning author, historian and archaeologist. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a PhD in Archaeology where his thesis focused on the military presence in Kent during the Roman occupation and its association with regional industry – he is now an Honorary Research Fellow at the University. This followed an MA in War Studies from KCL and an MA in Archaeology from UCL.  His first historical work was published in 2016, Sea Eagles of Empire, telling the story of the Roman regional navy in Britain.  Meanwhile his second, Empire State: How the Roman Military Built an Empire, was published in 2017. This tells the story of the Roman military in all of its activities except fighting, for example engineering and construction. In his day job Simon is an award winning communications specialist, running his own PR company after 20 years working in major global agencies. He was previously a journalist. Simon has a lifelong passion for archaeology. One of his fondest memories is writing off for the CBA Newsletter in 1983 and using this to determine his first ever dig – a mesolithic axe factory excavation on Hengistbury Head in Dorset. Today he is co-Director of a Roman villa excavation. He hopes he can bring his communications expertise and passion for archaeology together to be a champion for archaeology as a CBA Trustee.

Fiona Gale

I have worked within a local authority environment as County Archaeologist within a Countryside Service in north east Wales for the last 22 years. During that time I have been involved with some exciting Lottery funded projects such as the Heather and Hillforts Landscape Partnership Scheme, overseen masonry consolidation at a Castle, a Roman bathhouse and a Cornish Engine House  among others and been involved in a lot of outreach work, both taking people out and about to see sites and giving talks to the many local groups that there are.

For 18 years I ran a branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club which was great fun, it was always good to get outside and do practical activities with the youngsters and in the early days even managed a bit of excavating. During that time I saw several youngsters go on to study archaeology or history at University and many did their school time work experience with me. I have felt that through working in a Countryside Service I have learnt a lot about the natural environment, in fact I have managed the ecological service. I think this has given me an understanding and appreciation of the constraints we all work under and the importance of finding balanced solutions to caring for monuments.

I am also a Trustee of the Cambrian Archaeological Association and on the Council of the Flintshire Historical Association as well as being involved with several local archaeological groups including the Clwydian Range group who were recently awarded the Marsh archaeology Community award.

Fiona Gale

Prof Keith D Lilley

As a Trustee, I will draw upon my 25 years’ professional experience as an academic with expertise in historic landscapes and built environments, and my track-record of cross-disciplinary collaborative research projects focused on material culture and cultural heritage. Since 2003 I have led multi-partner projects involving archaeological organisations and scholars across the UK, and contributed to archaeological knowledge through publishing on British landscapes and urbanism in journals such as Antiquity, as well as reference works, such as the Oxford Handbook of Late Medieval Archaeology.

Throughout my academic career I have also been an advocate of community and public engagement, achieving this through contributing to adult/continuing education in areas of landscape archaeology and history, and through developing research projects with policy and public impacts, as evident in projects such as ‘Mapping the Medieval Urban Landscape’ (2003-5), ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’ (2008-9) and, most recently, my WW1 Public Engagement centre, ‘Living Legacies: 1914-18’ (2014-19). Delivering outreach events and activities, workshops and day-schools, are core to my academic research and teaching, aiming to raise wider public awareness and understanding of the importance of recording and interpreting the landscapes and places around us. This is further demonstrated by my voluntary role as Chair of the Historic Town Trust, a charitable organisation that uses maps and mapping to communicate to a wider public the value of Britain’s urban heritage.

As a Trustee of the CBA, my professional and research experience, my commitment to public understanding of the past, and my skills as a collaborator and communicator, would I hope to assist the CBA in promoting the importance of archaeology not only as a means of better understanding the past but also as a basis for building stronger and more resilient communities for the future.

Dr Alison Spaull

It would be an honour to be elected as a CBA Trustee. Now that I am retired, there is a welcome opportunity to ‘put something back’ in areas I care about. With a lifelong interest in archaeology that I could only ever pursue at an amateur level I should welcome the opportunity to support and champion a subject that has so much to offer modern life. Originally a research biologist, I  have worked in the  private  and public sectors with responsibilities for managing substantial public sector budgets and advising Ministers. I bring a good track record for building strategic organisational partnerships to overcome budget constraints. With over 15  years experience in various non Executive roles in the not-for-profit and private sectors I understand the governance responsibilities and, as a past Trustee of Archaeology Scotland, I have a familiarity with the challenges faced by CBA.

Jeremy Taylor

There are a number of skills that I bring to my role as CBA trustee. First, is my love of history and archaeology, to which I bring great enthusiasm and a little learning.  I have been endeavouring to pursue more systematic research in this area through my connection to the National Civil War Centre and also the CBA East Midlands ancient parish boundaries project.

Secondly, is my expertise as a Board Director, Chair and Governor.  Since my first experience of being a charity Board member in the 1980’s I have always been actively involved in the third sector, working in the UK, and overseas in international development; I am very familiar with the challenges of fund-raising, public appeals, and public participation.

Thirdly, I think my experience of leadership is second to none, particularly at senior level in public-facing services, not only in the statutory sector (where I was an NHS Trust CEO for 14 years) but also the commercial sector, when I set up my own business and also worked as Chief Operating Officer with the Options Group, a for-profit enterprise. I have had chance to live and work in many places around the world, and across Britain, which I think would be an advantage in terms of a UK-wide service-oriented body.

Finally, I have a strong suit in outcome-mapping, governance, risk and compliance, which are vitally important at Board level in any organisation. I have over the years developed a particular expertise with GRC and have always maintained my current awareness in terms of professional development.

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