Chris graduated in Archaeology and Anthropology from Cambridge University. After postgraduate study at Oxford University Institute of Archaeology he held posts as a Lecturer in Archaeology at Durham University and then at The Institute of Archaeology, University College London, before moving as Fieldwork Manager to Essex County Council’s Field Archaeology Group.
He joined English Heritage (now Historic England) as an archaeologist in 1993. Between 2002 and 2005 he was Head of Historic Environment Commissions. From 2005 until 2010 he was English Heritage’s Research Director, responsible for delivery of English Heritage’s Research Strategy & Agenda, and heading a Department of 150 staff across the range of historic environment research specialisms. Chris left English Heritage in July 2010 to pursue a portfolio of research and consultancy interests.
Chris is an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Department of Archaeology & Conservation, Cardiff University, and at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London where he was a Council Member (Trustee) 2012-2016 and Director 2016-2021, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists, and a Committee Member of the Internationales Sachsensymposion. He has served on the Advisory Panel of the AHRC / ESPRC Science & Heritage Programme, the DCMS Science & Research Advisory Committee, and the Editorial Board of the journal Early Medieval Europe.
Chris has wide experience of fieldwork and publication in the UK and Europe, and has an international research profile in early medieval archaeology (see publications). He is an experienced project and programme manager, familiar with PRINCE2 and with English Heritage’s MoRPHE project management toolkit, and has a track record of promoting integration and inter-disciplinarity in historic environment research and management. He has particular research interests in the societies and economies of NW Europe in the 5th–8th centuries CE, mortuary archaeology, and in refining archaeological chronologies.
Current and recent clients include:
Barbican Research Associates
Birmingham City Council
Canal and River Trust
Czech Science Foundation
Erzbischöfliches Diözesanmuseum, Paderborn
Museum of London Archaeology
The National Trust
Suffolk County Council
University College London
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Chris’s wide experience as a practitioner, researcher and teacher across academic, commercial and public sectors, and as a senior strategic and operational manager for a national heritage agency, gives him an unusually broad expert perspective on research and management issues in the historic environment.