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I joined the Executive Management Team in April 2018 as the Chief Strategy Officer. My broad remit is to lead on the implementation of the organisation’s development strategies that includes the development of our internal capabilities and the forging of external partnerships to diversify income streams and to magnify our public benefit impact. Responsibilities include Community and Education, Marketing and Communications, plus the Human Resources, Quality and Compliance Directorates.
This appointment is a welcome return to the archaeological fold after an absence of more than 20 years from field work roles with Trent and Peak Archaeological Trust after graduating from Nottingham University. Since then I have enjoyed a long and rewarding career in the Army based in the UK and overseas leaving after the privilege of command of my infantry battalion. Most recently, I worked for Help for Heroes at Tedworth House Recovery Centre developing and delivering services to rebuild the lives of wounded, injured and sick service personnel, veterans and their families. My connection with archaeology and heritage was maintained by volunteering on digs, including the Stonehenge Riverside Project, and via a facilitation role in Operation Nightingale where I began my serendipitous acquaintance with Wessex Archaeology.
Archaeology and developing people are driving passions in my life and one of my proudest achievements has been the collaboration with Winchester University to provide fee-waived undergraduate archaeology scholarships for injured veterans. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership & Management, a qualified coach and Chair of my local Scout Group. When not renovating the forever home project in Warminster, I remain a life-long frustrated fan of Liverpool FC, an avid reader of crime and historical fiction, and an occasional village cricket player.