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Phil HardingPhil Harding - NAS president
Phil is a famous face from Channel 4's popular archaeology series Time Team. He became president of NAS in 2004. An acknowledged expert on flint-knapping, he has taught NAS Part 3 courses on the subject. In 1979, he started working for what is now Wessex Archaeology, a non-profit organisation which is one of the biggest archaeological practices in the country.

David BlackmanDavid Blackman – NAS vice president
David was a founding member of the Council for Nautical Archaeology, the predecessor of the NAS, in 1964, and its Chairman from 1975/6. He organised the first international conference in Britain on marine archaeology in 1971 and then spent 20 years at the European Parliament, before going to Athens to direct the British School of Archaeology.

Lucy BlueDr Lucy Blue – NAS vice president
Lucy is a former chair of NAS and is senior lecturer in archaeology and director of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton. She primarily works in the Arab world and has directed a number of coastal and underwater projects including the Coastal Heritage Project of the UAE. Lucy has been a member of NAS since 1984 and is an active member of the publication sub-committee.

Chris DobbsChris Dobbs – NAS vice president
Chris has been heavily involved with the NAS ever since attending the first meeting of the NAS Steering Committee in 1980. He was an archaeological Supervisor on the Mary Rose during the excavations from 1979 to 1982. He lectures on maritime archaeology and museology at a number of universities in the UK as well as internationally.

Nic FlemmingNic Flemming – NAS vice president
Nic coordinates multi-national projects to examine an approach to the prehistoric archaeology of the European continental shelf as a whole. He started surveying submerged classical Roman and Greek harbours and towns in the Mediterranean in 1958, and has been working on increasingly older submerged sites ever since.

Bob YorkeBob Yorke – NAS vice president
Bob was one of the founder members of the Society undertaking the conversion of the Nautical Archaeology Trust into the NAS, and was then its treasurer, then Chairman from 1987 to 1991. He was one of the founders of the Joint Nautical Archaeology Policy Committee in 1988 of which he has been chairman since 1995.