Chris Brayne, our long-standing and respected Chief Executive has announced he will be stepping down at the end of July.

Chris took on the role of CEO in 2012, during what was a challenging period for the sector. His quiet and collaborative leadership style has been pivotal in setting the organisation onto a more focused, innovative, and successful trajectory.

Chris Brayne, said: “I am immensely proud of what the Wessex Archaeology team has achieved in the last ten years and incredibly grateful for everything that I have gained from working with archaeologists.

My motivation as CEO has been to try and improve conditions for those working in the archaeology sector. Diversifying our geographical footprint and income streams, professionalising our business approach and systems, finding ways to develop our team and evidencing the practical social value of archaeology, have all been part of that mission.

We have made significant progress but there is always more to be done. I know that my colleagues will continue to rise to that challenge.”

Dr Ian Selby, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Wessex Archaeology, said: "Chris has been very instrumental in the evolution of the way the organisation provides commercial services over the decade of his leadership. Throughout his tenure as CEO, Chris has shown deep care for his colleagues, seeing his role as being primarily to hold the space for others to shine. He has been a kind and approachable leader, willing to give time to whoever asked for it. A personal friend to many, and a servant leader, Chris will be missed. He remains a friend and ally for Wessex Archaeology as he moves on to his next chapter.”

The Executive Management Team: Caroline Budd our Chief of Operations, Paul Baggaley our Chief Technical Officer, Abby Bryant our Chief Commercial Officer and Paul Sealey our Chief Financial Officer, will work with our Board of Trustees and our Senior Management Team to lead the organisation through this transitional period, as recruitment for a new Chief Executive gets underway.

Please join us in thanking Chris and wishing him all the very best for the future!