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Fellows:

In 2011 the NAS launched a Fellowship Scheme which aims to recognise major contributions by NAS members to the affairs of the Society and the development of the NAS within the discipline of nautical archaeology.

Fellowship BadgeAt the 2011 NAS Annual General Meeting on 5th November 2011 it was announced that the NAS Executive Committee had confirmed the election of the first four NAS Fellows.

All NAS members are encouraged to put forward names for nomination each year by the 31st August deadline. There are undoubtedly many members who deserve recognition in this way.

Click here to download a copy of the Nomination Form.

For guidence and more information on the nomination process, please click here.

Current Fellows:

Martin Dean (2013)
Martin was an NAS Trustee for 12 years, edited the 1st edition of the NAS handbook on "Underwater Archaeology" and was a formative member of the NAS Training team helping to devise the programme and deliver the first courses. As the director of the Archaeological Diving Unit he rendered invaluable support and advice to NAS members over many years, supporting and promoting the NAS throughout.

"I am really touched that the NAS should even consider giving me a Fellowship of the Society. It has been a privilege for me to be a member of the NAS and I continue to be in awe of the way the society has matured and developed over the last 30 years. I was a founding member of the NAS because I strongly believed, and still do, that archaeology underwater should not just be the preserve of professional archaeologists but should utilise the enthusiasm and the wide range of expertise that exists within the diving community and others with an interest in the maritime past". (Martin Dean 2013)  

Valerie Fenwick (2013)
Over a long period Valerie has contributed substantially to the running of the Society and its actvities. She was one of the founders and shared the vision of a society open to a subscribing membership. She was the original membership Secretary from 1981 to 1986 and also the first Project Officer. Her major task was to firmly establish the IJNA as the premier journal in its field, first as assistant editor in the 1970's and later as the editor from 1989 until 2002, before the role became the salaried position that it is now.

Chris Brandon (2011)        
As Chairman of NAS from 1998-2001, Chris led the Society during a critical period. In addition he served on a range of committees over a period of 20 years making an extremely valuable contribution to NAS affairs. He also led the NAS project at Dor in Israel.

Angela Croome (2011)      
A leading science journalist, Angela campaigned for the protection of wreck and for a UNESCO convention. She is a founding member of the IJNA team, serving on the editorial board and the Publications Sub-Committee. From the start she has also acted as book reviews editor.

Ed Cumming (2011)
A member since 1979 and an active practitioner of our discipline, Edward is a three times Adopt-a-Wreck Award winner and a contributor to IJNA. But above all he has raised the profile of NAS by engaging with a wide range of other organisations and by winning many other awards including, with the Chelmsford and Weymouth Archaeological Unit, the Duke of Edinburgh’s BSAC award in 1996.

Neville Oldham (2011)
Neville has been a NAS Tutor since the inception of the training scheme and has taught on innumerable Introduction and Part 1 NAS Training courses. He is also Licensee for 3 designated historic wreck sites and is Project Advisor on the designated Salcombe Cannon Site. His team won the Robert Kiln award in 2011 and collections from the Salcombe Cannon site and Moorsand site are part of the British Museum collection.

Stephen Robbins (2012)
Steve first got involved with the NAS by attending a summer school in 2001. Since then he has also undertaken his NAS Part 2, and many NAS Part 3 courses including underwater excavation, photography and others to achieve his NAS Part 3 certificate. He also had great fun taking part in the Stourhead Project back in 2004. Since 2008 Steve has offered his services free of charge to the NAS as not only an electrical engineer (issuing PAT certificates) but also as an IT consultant. Every year Steve regularly makes journeys over to Portsmouth from the Isle of Wight to work on the NAS computers and is responsible for establishing the NAS’s internal network system amongst other things. This is all done free of professional fees for the Society.

David Coston (2012)
Dave has been an integral member of the NAS North East team since it was formed. As the right hand man of the NAS Regional Co-ordinator (Gary Green) Dave has always shown great energy, drive and commitment in all of their projects. During training events and projects Dave has always fully utilised his personal skills and contacts for the benefit of the NAS North East, the NAS as a whole, but most importantly for the people who have taken part in NAS North East projects and courses.

Paula Martin (2012)
Paula was the editor of the IJNA for almost ten years (2003-2012) during which time she produced 20 issues with the annual number of pages increasing from 300 to 480 and into full colour. She was involved in identifying the new publishers and in discussions with them developed a constructive relationship with the new publishers, Wiley Blackwell Publishing. Her time as editor brought success to the journal and great benefit to the Society. Paula sit sits on the judging panel for the Keith Muckelroy Memorial Award for the best published work on maritime archaeology which reflects the pioneering ideas and scholarly aspirations of the late Keith Muckelroy.

Friends of the NAS:
In 2012 Friends of the NASthe NAS invited twenty members to become NAS Friends. The aim of the NAS Friends scheme was to raise £10,000 to pay for the design and launch of a new website in 2013 to serve as the Society’s online profile for the future as well as new online booking for events, membership subscriptions, improved shop, the ability to make secure online payments, as well as the new look member’s area.

In return for £500.00 the twenty NAS Friends were eligible to receive the NAS Newsletter and IJNA as well as all other member’s discounts for 20 years. NAS Friends are also eligible to attend NAS Fellows events organised from time to time, with the first being a behind the scenes private tour of the British Museum held in March 2013.

Whilst the NAS Friends scheme is now closed it is possible that the NAS will reopen the scheme in years to come to raise funds for other future important developments such as improved library resources for members. If you would be interested in becoming an NAS Friend in the future please do contact us.