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Mark Beattie-Edwards - CEO
Mark joined the Nautical Archaeology Society in 2001 as a training officer and is now the NAS CEO, responsible for the day to day operation of NAS. He is currently the licencee of the Holland 5 protected wreck site and licencee for the Norman’s Bay protected wreck.


Peta Knott - Education Officer

Peta joined us in April 2017 from Wessex Archaeology in the UK where she was working as a Project Officer in the Coastal & Marine Department.  Before this she has worked in a number of positions in Australia, including as the Maritime Heritage Coordinator for Tasmania, Australia. Here she was responsible for working with 37 mostly volunteer-run, maritime heritage organisations to research and promote the maritime heritage of the state. She brings a wealth of experience in archaeological outreach and education with her. She competed her Masters of Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University in 2006 with Distinction. Her dissertation was on How are shipwrecks represented in Australian museums? The investigation of museum workers, exhibitions and visitors”.



Gary Green - NAS North-East Coordinator
Gary, a former Merchant Navy engineer and archaeologist, joined the NAS back in the late 1990s, becoming regional coordinator in 2001. Since then, he has developed many projects focusing on increasing public participation and raising awareness of maritime archaeology in the north-east.


Dr Chris Underwood - International Development Officer
Chris has been associated with the Society’s training programme since 1986, as both NAS training officer and project director. He continues to run NAS courses in Latin America and academic courses for students at the University of Buenos Aires. He has a Masters degree in Maritime Archaeology, as well as professional diving qualifications.

 Chris Underwood




Miranda Richardson - IJNA Editor
Miranda is the Editor of the IJNA for the NAS, and she started work on 1st June 2012. She is based in France but regularly attends NAS meetings and events in the UK.

 Miranda Richardson




Dr Paula Martin - IJNA Book Reviews Editor

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Dr John Cooper & Dr Julian Whitewright - Newsletter Editors

John and Julian took over editing the "Nautical Archaeology" members newsletter in 2017. They can be contacted on