Brian Minehane - Chair

Brian is a recreational diver, has his HSE certification and is an avocational maritime archaeologist. He joined the NAS in 2011 and has completed the complete NAS training programme, including the original Part IV. Brian’s interest in maritime archaeology grew from the questions we all ask ourselves when observing maritime related finds. What is/was that? Why is it there? Who put it there?  He has run several of his own maritime related projects since joining the Society including his Part II and Part IV projects on the Elizabeth Austin RNLI lifeboat – which is now listed as a national monument. 

Brian joined the Executive Committee in 2014, the Management Committee in 2015 and took on the Chair at the November 2016 AGM. He brings a strong mix of business skills from his day job in the IT industry and heritage related skills from his studies. Brian lives and works between Dublin and London. 


Mike Williams - Secretary

Mike Williams is a Visiting Research Fellow at Plymouth University’s School of Law, Criminology and Government, a member of the University’s Marine Conservation & Policy Research Group and a former Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He has published extensively on the law relating to the foreshore and seabed and underwater cultural heritage. He has advised government departments and agencies, both in the UK and abroad and was retained as an advisor to the Crown Estate (Marine Division) on foreshore and seabed law.

Mike sits on the UK’s Joint Nautical Archaeological Policy Committee, is a member of the Ministry of Defence’s Expert Panel on HMS Victory 1744, is a Deputy Chair of the Devon & Severn Inshore Fishery and Conservation Authority and a member of the Expert Network for UNESCO’s UK National Commission. Mike is a qualified commercial and recreational diver and as a member of the South West Maritime Archaeology Group conducted archaeological operations on several protected wreck sites.


Steve Harvey - Treasurer

Steve is a qualified accountant whose career has been in delivering business change in a wide range of industries.  He held senior management positions within a business consultancy and was IT Director of a large UK Grain Trading Company before retiring in 2016.  He has a commercial drone flying qualification and is a competent video editor. His passion is for anything connected with the sea and during the summer months can normally be found on a boat in the Solent.


Helen Ohlsson - Trustee

Helen, a confirmed non-diver, has been a member of NAS since 2012 and has attended many NAS training courses. She has recently completed a part-time BA in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Helen’s early career was spent in banking though she is currently a consultant advising commercial SME’s.


David Johnston - Trustee

Dave Johnston is a senior tutor for NAS, running NAS courses around the UK and the world. He is an avocational underwater archaeologist and sports diver who has learned his archaeology through the NAS training scheme (currently Part 3, working towards Part 4) and by using that training to get involved in various projects. He is a member of the Warship Hazardous Prize Designated Wreck Project Team and also volunteers with the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology. He has also run NAS projects at Stourhead Gardens. A PADI Dive Master and BSAC OWSI, he is boat officer and webmaster for the NAS's dive club (www.nasac.org.uk) and is on the committee and is webmaster for the newly founded Association of Protected Wreck Licensees (www.protectedwrecks.org.uk). In order to pay for the archaeology he occasionally he finds time for his day job, running microscopes for the Medical Faculty at Southampton University. He is now a NAS senior tutor and member of the NAS Management Committee. 

  



Dr John Cooper - Trustee, Chair of Publications Sub-Committee

John is a Senior Lecturer in Arabic Studies and Islamic Material Culture at the University of Exeter. John's academic interests are the maritime archaeology and history of the medieval Arab world, and the contemporary maritime material cultures of the region. John is a member of the Centre for Islamic Archaeology and Centre for Gulf Studies. His research interests address the maritime cultures of the Arab-Islamic world from archaeological, textual and ethnographic perspectives. His period of interest runs from late Antiquity to the present day. 

Current areas of research activity include: 3D laser-scanning of traditional watercraft, Qatar, The navigational landscape of the medieval Nile, Egypt; Boatbuilding and Seafaring Traditions of the Southern Red Sea Region; The Port city of Tinnis and the Lake Manzala region, Egypt. 


Dr Damian Robinson - Trustee

Damian is a Senior Research Fellow in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford, where he is the Director of the Centre for Maritime Archaeology. He works with the European Institute for Underwater Archaeology on the research and publication of the submerged landscapes of the Canopic coast of Egypt, where he is also excavating an Egyptian river going cargo vessel known as a baris.

 



Tim Parker - Trustee

Tim joined the NAS in May 2008 and enjoys the challenge of solving the puzzle of what something was, how it was used and why it was there. As a lapsed recreational diver, his focus is coastal and foreshore archaeology, such as the Forton Lake Project, which he volunteered on and also provided the material for his Part 2 Project. He is also very interested in how technology can contribute to archaeology. He has supported the NAS Education Programme as an Assistant Tutor for several years and volunteered to become a trustee to become more involved with the society and to start to give something back to an organisation that he enjoys being part of. Tim lives in Portsmouth and previously served as a Royal Naval Engineer Officer, but is now enjoying a second career as a cyber and information security consultant.


 

Dr Simon Trafford - Trustee

I am a recreational diver with BSAC, a member of the NAS since 2011 and a keen attendee of NAS training courses. I am a lecturer in medieval history in the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London. My general interests are in the history and archaeology of Britain and Scandinavia in the fifth – twelfth centuries, and my current research specialisation is on human bodily immersions in water in Anglo-Saxon England and Viking Age Scandinavia, ranging from baptism to recreational swimming to involuntary ducking or drowning for judicial and penal purposes. 

I became a committee member because I’d really enjoyed training and events with the society and I wanted to offer any help that I could. It’s been a fantastic way to learn a lot more about the stupendous variety of projects around the world in which NAS is involved, but also to meet a lot of interesting people with really diverse skill-sets.

 



Alison James - Trustee

Alison joined the Board of Trustees in 2018 having started her career in maritime archaeology with the NAS many years ago. Alison is a Director and Project Manager at MSDS Marine with extensive experience in the management of historic shipwreck sites, volunteer involvement, community engagement and education initiatives. Previously Alison spent ten years with Historic England managing England’s protected wreck sites and working with the licensed teams and volunteers who work on the sites. Prior to this she worked for Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology (now the Maritime Archaeology Trust) running their education and outreach initiatives. Alison is also a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor and an owner of Go Dive SCUBA store. She loves talking to NAS members so if you are ever visiting Go Dive do say hello!



Alex Denny - Trustee

When Alex isn’t in a suit as Head of Investment Trusts at Fidelity International, he is either muddy or wet indulging his passions for diving, the sea (and great outdoors), wildlife and history. Alex is a BSAC instructor and technical diver who joined NAS in 2016 to learn more about the UK’s maritime past and to help play a part in conserving it. Alex is also a trustee of the charity MARINElife, and the FIL UK Pension Plan, specialising in Governance, and has degrees in Chemistry and Law.