Mark Beattie-Edwards, MA, MCIfA, FSA- Chief Executive Officer

Mark joined the NAS back in 2001 and since 2015 he has worked as the Nautical Archaeology Society Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the day to day management of the charity. Mark can be contacted on [email protected] 

Mark sits on the Archaeology Training Forum, the International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA) Steering Committee, the Gresham Ship Project Steering Group as well as the Heritage and Craft Committee of the Society for Nautical Research. Mark also represents the NAS as an accredited NGO at meetings of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee for UNESCO. 

Mark is the licensee of the HMS m Holland No. 5 submarine and the Norman’s Bay Wreck protected wrecks. He has coordinated research and access to both these protected wrecks and in addition has undertaken research on the HMS m/A1 submarine and the Coronation protected wreck site on behalf of English Heritage. In 2014 Mark authored a report for English Heritage on the Local Economic Benefit of a Protected Wreck, establishing the value that could be placed on a historic wreck for the local economy of Plymouth, Devon. 

Mark has worked on the Kuggmaren wreck and the St.Peter Port wrecks in Guernsey with the University of Southampton, on the wrecks in Portland harbour with the NAS and most recently with the University of Cyprus  MARE Laboratory on the Nissia and the Mazotos shipwreck in the Mediterranean. 

Mark has also recently joined the team working on the protected wreck of The London, which blew up in the Thames Estuary in 1665 and is helping the London Shipwreck Trust to realise their vision of saving the wreck from destruction. Between 2009 and 2018 Mark also worked freelance as an NVQ Assessor for the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. 

Main publications:

Kuggmaren 1: the first cog find in the Stockholm archipelago, Sweden. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 2002. 31.2. Article Contributor.

A Research Agenda for Wales: Maritime Resource Audit, Nautical Archaeology Society, 2002.

The Development of the NAS Training programme and “Diving with a Purpose Scheme, in Collaboration, Communication and Involvement: Maritime Archaeology and Education in the 21st Century. Edited by Andrzej Pydyn and Joe Flatman. ISBN: 978-83-231-2222-7.

Forton’s Forgotten Fleet, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-9533950-1-9.

The Forton Lake Archaeology Project, 2011. NAS Monograph No.3. Edited by Beattie-Edwards & Satchell. ISBN: 978-1-40730813-5.

Chapter editor for Proceedings of the IKUWA 3 Congress, edited by Henderson, J., 2012. ISBN 978-3774038007.

The Local Economic Benefit of a Protected Wreck. English Heritage Research News 2014.

The Gresham Ship Project - A 16th Century Merchantman Wreck in the Princes Channel, Thames Estuary. Volume 2: Contents and Context – British Archaeological Report Series No. 606. Chapter author. ISBN 9781407312118.

The Norman’s Bay Wreck, East Sussex, UK – a possible 17th century Dutch ship from the Battle of Beachy Head, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 47.1. 2018

Experience is everything - England’s Protected Wreck Diver Trails. Paper in Bridging the Gap in Maritime Archaeology: Working with Professional and Public Communities. BAR Series, 2019. ISBN: 9781789690859


Peta Knott - Education Manager 

Peta designs and implements the Education Programme in the UK and works with NAS's many International Training Partners to ensure that people all over the world have access to quality training and experiences in underwater and foreshore archaeology. 

Peta joined the NAS in April 2017 from Wessex Archaeology in the UK where she was working as a Project Officer in the Coastal & Marine Department for four years. Before this she had worked in a number of positions in Australia all of which had a focus on working with volunteers and the community, to care and learn more about heritage. She brings a wealth of experience in archaeological outreach and education with her.

Her favourite job (before joining NAS of course!) was being the Maritime Heritage Coordinator for Tasmania, Australia. In this role she was responsible for promoting and preserving the state's maritime heritage in a diverse range of ways. She had a regular radio spot talking about anniversaries of wrecks or promoting maritime heritage events; she ran conferences and instigated a free-monthly maritime history talk which is still going ten years later; she designed and implemented exhibitions; organised training for volunteers and assisted the 37 mostly volunteer-run, maritime heritage organisations to research and promote the maritime heritage of the state.

Peta also has a long history working in Cyprus, starting off as a digger and then artefact illustrator at the University of Sydney's Classical Theatre excavation in Paphos in 2004. This love-affair with Aphrodite's island has continued through a season working with the Institute for Nautical Archaeology on a variety of underwater sites including a Bronze Age anchorage and supervising trenches at the Paphos theatre excavation. Peta is thrilled to continue working on Cyprus with the NAS through joint fieldschools with the University of Nicosia and with our International Training Partner on the island. 

Peta is a representative on the ACUA board and is the Communications Officer for the UNESCO Accredited NGOS.

Main Publications:

A new look at old cannon: 46 years of investigating the Gun Rocks Site, IKUWA 6 Proceedings, co-author. Forthcoming

The Guns of Gun Rock, Guns from the Sea conference proceedings 2015, Ordnance Society Journal Vol 25, 2018.

We Die Like Brothers: The sinking of the SS Mendi, Historic England, 2017, ISBN 1848023693, editor.

The Iona II Dive Trail, Building Relationships Through the Protection and Management of Marine Heritage, Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage, Volume 3, 2016 - Issue 1, co-author.

Book Review - Van Diemen's land revealed: Flinders and bass and their circumnavigation of the island in the Colonial Sloop Norfolk 1798-1799, Papers and Proceedings: Tasmanian Historical Research Association, 2010, Book review author.

How are shipwrecks represented in Australian museums? The investigation of museum workers, exhibitions and visitorsMasters of Maritime Archaeology, Flinders University, Australia, 2006, author.

Weighing Down the Trade Routes, Honours in Classical Archaeology, University of Sydney, Australia, 2003, author. 

Tokens of a tragedy, Australian National Maritime Museum Magazine, Signals No. 54 March-May 2001: 24-25. author.

Charlotte Crumpler - Public Engagement Officer 

Charlotte joined the NAS as the Public Engagement Officer in November 2018. Her focus is upon raising awareness of the fantastic work of the NAS community, with an aim to ensure its vast history is propelled into the future. Charlotte can be contacted on [email protected].

Though not an archaeologist or diver, Charlotte's dedication to the charity and non-profit sector has led to her working for a multitude of causes in a design and communications capacity. Alongside studying for her MA in Media Practice, Communications and PR and BA in Media and Communications, Charlotte regularly divulged her passion for supporting people and causes through roles with local charities.

Her favourite memory stems from her time as secretary to the board of Trustees for a charity called Discovery SVS, where Charlotte was fortunate enough to take part in their Swansea-Siavonga Partnership Project in Zambia. For a month in the summer of 2015 she worked within a team of students and partner charity volunteers to facilitate a cultural exchange. Whilst in Zambia she coordinated, delivered and lead workshops with local women and children on topics such as mental health and disability awareness, alongside facilitating meetings with stakeholders and government officials. She also thoroughly enjoyed getting soaked by Victoria Falls (pictured above), and teaching the 'cup song' to children and volunteers from a local orphanage.