Our Trustees

The Trustees are responsible for the overall strategic direction and policy objectives of the charitable company. To find out more about our trustees click on the link below or on the right.
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Anthony Fry


Trustee Chair

Anthony was appointed Non Executive Chairman of CALA Group in November 2010. He has also recently served as Chairman of the FA Premier League and was Non Executive Chairman of Dairy Crest Group plc from January 2010 until September 2014 having joined the Board in July 2007. He is a Non-executive Director of Control Risks and Twig World and has recently stepped down as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the BBC Trust, on which he served since 2008. He has served on the boards of Mowlem, The British Standards Institution and Southern Water as well as numerous not-for-profit organisations and is currently on the advisory boards of both Project Associates and Board Intelligence.

Until March 2011 he was Senior Adviser of Evercore Partners in the firm’s London office. He has previously held senior appointments at Lehman Brothers, Credit Suisse and the Rothschild Group in a career in merchant banking which has spanned more than 30 years. In March 2011 he was appointed Chairman of Espirito Santo Investment Bank, where he is now the Senior Adviser to the Board.

During an 18-year career at The Rothschild Group, Anthony advised governments in the UK, New Zealand and Pakistan on their privatisation programmes, in particular the IPOs in the UK of the 12 regional electricity companies, Southern Water, Rolls Royce and British Steel. In the early 1990s he was responsible for structuring the UK’s National Lottery and ran one of the bids for the first licence in 1994.

From the late 1990s he was the head of Credit Suisse’s global media business where he advised media corporations around the world before moving to head up the London based operations of Lehman Brothers in 2004 where his advisory roles included The London Stock Exchange through 5 takeover bid defences in a period of global consolidation.

Anthony has sat on the Appeals Panel of the Panel on Takeovers and Mergers and was appointed by H M Treasury to serve on the appointments panel for the valuers for Northern Rock, Bradford and Bingley and Dunfermline Building Society. In addition to his business activities he has sat on numerous not for profit boards including as Vice Chairman of The British Lung Foundation, Tomorrow’s Company, The London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA), The Natural History Museum, The Edinburgh International Television Festival, The Sixteen, Paintings in Hospitals, the English National Opera and The National Film and Television School. He is currently Chairman of Development at The School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS).
Anthony was appointed Chair of the Wessex Archaeology  Board on the 13 of November 2017.  

Dr Ian Selby

2515 Dr Ian Selby

Trustee - Health & Safety Champion  

Ian, is a chartered geologist, with a B.Sc., Ph.D. and MBA, and over 20 years' experience with a wide range of marine and coastal developments around the UK and abroad. He is presently Head of Minerals and Infrastructure for The Crown Estate, responsible for the minerals, dredging, cables and pipelines portfolio, and leading on major infrastructure developments, such as barrages. Before joining The Crown Estate in 2009, he was Operations and Resources Director at Hanson Aggregates Marine Ltd, during which time he worked with Wessex Archaeology’ Coastal and Marine team. 

Rosemary Cook

2516 Rosemary Cook


Rosemary, who joined the Board of Wessex Archaeology in May 2012, is a solicitor who graduated with an LLB (Hons) from the University of Southampton in 1981 and has many years’ experience in corporate/commercial law, particularly project finance. She practiced in New South Wales, Australia, most recently with Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills), before returning to England in 1991 and joining Freshfields in their London office. In 1996 she joined National Power PLC as Senior International Projects Lawyer and was then appointed General Counsel of its successor company, International Power plc (now part of the GDF Suez Group). She is now the owner/director of Beechmast Consultancy Limited, a law firm established in 2009 offering legal services to mainly mid‐sized corporates. She is also a member of the Bishop of Salisbury’s Council and of the Salisbury Diocesan Finance Committee and Lay Chair of Pewsey Deanery.

Nichola Johnson

2518 Nichola Johnson


Nichola, who joined the Board of Wessex Archaeology in October 2013, trained initially as an archaeologist and then as an art and architectural historian. Much of her career has been in the museum sector and she is particularly interested in leadership and in unlocking creativity within cultural and heritage organisations. Nichola is a trustee for the National Trust, of the Dulwich Picture Gallery and of York Museums Trust, and is currently chair of the Ruskin Foundation. Until recently she was Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, and Director of the Museum Leadership Programme. She has also chaired the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme and the University Museums Group.

Parvis Jamieson

3295 Parvis Jamieson

Parvis is a chartered accountant with a background in management consulting and over 25 years experience of working in the financial services and investment sectors. He serves on a number of financial services industry committees and has a strong interest in the impact of European regulations on the UK funds industry. He serves on a number of voluntary and sporting bodies as well. He’s currently a director of EC Squared, a financial markets consultancy. Parvis is also Chair of our Risk and Audit Committee.

Sarah Voaden

3388 Sarah Voaden

Sarah joined the Board of Wessex Archaeology in February 2017. She has spent her 30-year career in a variety of industry sectors from heavy engineering at British Rail through to business process outsourcing with Siemens, consultancy with Microsoft and manufacturing, originally in electronics. Currently in the fast moving consumer goods sector with Devro plc, Sarah works with the business globally in managing the project to create and deliver the five-year strategy. Sarah is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. At the core of her experience is building and leading teams to deliver results at all levels of business, in a range of dynamic situations of performance, change or turnaround. Sarah is a member of the Wessex Archaeology Remuneration Committee and takes a special interest in the welfare and development of our people and the systems we are building to support them.

Chris Watson

2517 Chris Watson


Chris joined the Board of Trustees in July 2013.  He was instrumental in establishing the Gardiner and Theobald Project Management division in the 1980s and has since acted as Project Manager on a number of high profile arts, cultural and heritage projects. He is currently Property Director for Maggie’s Centres, a network of cancer caring centres offering support to people affected by cancer. 

Rowan Whimster



Rowan, who joined the Board of Wessex Archaeology in April 2016, has worked in the historic environment field for 40 years, first as an aerial archaeologist at Cambridge University and with the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, later on the executive board of English Heritage and now as a freelance editorial consultant and adviser. Alongside his specialist knowledge, he has extensive experience of corporate governance, strategic planning and publishing. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, former Vice-President of the Council for British Archaeology and Senior Member of the Council of the National Trust, he has lived for past 25 years in north Wiltshire where he is actively involved in wide range of conservation, heritage and environmental bodies while leaving sufficient time for his other life as a ceramicist. 

Chris Brayne

1663 Chris Brayne

Chief Executive

Chris joined the organisation in 1999 to lead IT, Research and Development. He assumed the role of Chief Executive in May 2013. Chris started life as a Landscape Architect involved primarily in large EIA projects and developed an interest in information systems for environmental management. He is driven by a belief that thoughtful management of the environment can deliver real benefits to individuals, businesses and communities. Chris continues to explore the application of new technology to archaeological research and is currently excited by the growing possibilities of remote sensing techniques and opportunities for new forms of archaeological publication. He is also interested in the creative use of community engagement activities to draw out and enhance the value of our heritage.


Contact Details
Wessex Archaeology
Portway House
Old Sarum Park
Email: c.brayne@wessexarch.co.uk
Phone: 03303 133437