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First Name: Ian
Surname: Cundy
Ian worked as a mechanical engineer in the oil and mineral processing industry in the UK, Canada, Jordan, East Germany & Zambia and for 30 years ran his own boat building company, specialising in boats for disabled people. Ian has been diving since 1994, and in 1997 co-founded the Malvern Archaeological Diving Unit. Under the MADU banner Ian has held licences from both EH and Cadw to work on various sites designated under the Protection of Wrecks Act. Ian has also worked abroad on archaeological projects in Israel, America and Croatia. Ian’s involvement with NAS began in 1996; he is currently a Senior Tutor and their regional co-ordinator for Wales. In 2004 Ian was awarded the SAA “George Arnold Trophy” for contributions to maritime archaeology, and in 2011 was awarded a NAS Part IV Diploma. Ian has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.A. in Maritime Archaeology.
First Name: Mark
Surname: Beattie-Edwards
Mark started working for the NAS in 2001 as a Training and Administration Officer and has subsequently moved from Training Officer to Project Officer, Project Manager and since April 2009 has been the NAS Programme Director. Mark is responsible for the day to day operation of the NAS office in Portsmouth including overall supervision of all training and project opportunities. Mark studied Archaeology at Southampton University between 1993-1996 and returned to Southampton in 1999-2000 to undertake the MA in Maritime Archaeology. He has worked in the Guernsey, Sweden, the Caribbean and throughout the UK. Although already a BSAC Advanced Diver and Instructor, Mark undertook his commercial scuba and surface supplied diver training at Fort Bovisand, Plymouth in 1999. Current projects include working on two of the UK’s designated wreck sites - the Holland 5 submarine, the Norman’s Bay Wreck. Mark has also project managed a 5 year study of the collection of vessels in Forton Lake, Gosport, UK which in 2011 was published as an NAS Monograph.
First Name: David
Surname: Johnston
Dave Johnston is a senior tutor for NAS, running NAS intro and Part 1 courses. 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. He is a Trustee of the NAS and sits on various of its committees. A PADI DM and BSAC OWSI, he is boat officer and webmaster for the NAS's dive club ( and is on the committee and is webmaster for the newly founded Association of Protected Wreck Licensees ( 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.
First Name: Pete
Surname: Holt
Peter is based in Plymouth where he currently runs maritime archaeology projects for the US charity foundation ProMare. He spent 20 years in the oil industry with Sonardyne designing underwater positioning systems for ROVs and divers. Peter has worked on maritime archaeology projects since 1989 in many countries and in water depths down to 1200m. In 1998 Peter started 3H Consulting Ltd., a maritime archaeology consultancy company whose most notable product so far has been the Site Recorder software. He has written a number of papers on surveying, geophysics and data management. Peter is now managing The SHIPS Project for ProMare with the aim of recording and investigating the maritime history of Plymouth.
First Name: Damien
Surname: Sanders
Damien is a former Secondary Design and Technology as well as a History teacher. He has been diving since 1972, and was a member of the permanent archaeological team on the Mary Rose excavation in 1979 and 1982. Since then he has worked on a number of wrecks around Europe. He became concerned that most maritime archaeologists did not understand ropes or rigging and avoided recording them, so began to study them himself. He taught experimental Archaeology whilst he was the acting manager of the Ancient Technology Centre in Dorset. In the early 1990s he was a regular tutor on NAS part 1 courses and was a visiting lecturer on Southampton University's MA course in Maritime Archaeology between 2000 and 2012. He has made a number of TV appearances. Currently he has a paper on the cables of the Mary Rose awaiting publication, and is working on the rigging report for the Natiere wrecks la Dauphine (1704) and L'Aimable Grenot (1749). He continues to advise individuals and organisations in an informal capacity with regard to ropes and rigging from ships.
First Name: Mike
Surname: Williams
Mike Williams is a Visiting Research Fellow at Plymouth University Law School 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 on foreshore and seabed law. Mike is a qualified commercial and recreational diver. He sits on the UK’s Joint Nautical Archaeological Policy Committee, the Devon & Severn Inshore Fishery and Conservation Authority and is the Honorary Secretary of the Nautical Archaeology Society (a UK registered charity).
First Name: Toby
Surname: Jones
Toby Jones is a nautical archaeologist and the curator of the Newport Medieval Ship, a 15th Century clinker built merchant vessel found in the River Usk in Newport, South Wales, in 2002. He has worked on several other projects around the world, including the Red River Wreck in Oklahoma, the Aber Wrac’h I wreck in Brittany and the Mica shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico, which was investigated using ROVs and a nuclear submarine at a depth of over 2650 feet. He has also participated in shipwreck surveys along the southern coast of Cyprus, and in the Algarve in Portugal. Toby is a graduate of Oregon State University (BA-History) and Texas A&M University (MA-Anthropology – Nautical Archaeology). He is currently finishing a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
First Name: Robert
Surname: Stone
Professor Bob Stone holds a Chair in Interactive Multimedia Systems within the College of Engineering & Physical Science at the University of Birmingham, where he also directs the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team. Having been one of the first Europeans to experience the NASA VIEW VR system in 1987, he established the UK’s first industrial VR team at the NARRC and, over a number of years undertook numerous consultancy and research projects for commercial and government clients, enabling the group to be launched as VR Solutions Ltd in the mid-1990s. As well as projects in the engineering, aerospace, defence and medical sectors, Bob’s team also pioneered early developments in Virtual Heritage, notably Virtual Stonehenge (1996), complete with the world’s first virtual sunrise and accurate night-time. This and other cultural heritage projects supported Bob and colleagues from the US and Japan to launch the international Virtual Systems & Multi-Media organisation (VSMM) and in 1997, which became the oldest and largest repository of documents, news and information relating to heritage and technology. His work has received numerous awards. In 2007, he was awarded the UK Ergonomics Society’s Sir Frederic Bartlett Award, the highest award given by that Society to an individual (and the first time ever that an individual had been awarded by the Society three times in their career). In 2011, he received the MoD Chief Scientific Advisor’s Commendation for his contribution to Defence Science & Technology – one of only four individual recipients in the UK. His current research focuses on VR and Augmented Reality techniques for heritage applications, particularly in the maritime sector, and includes an interest in the use of unmanned air, land and subsea vehicles to conduct surveys of sites and wrecks in inaccessible locations.
First Name: Nick Hewitt; Duncan Redford; Richard Noyce
Nick Hewitt - Nick joined the Imperial War Museum in 1995 and between 2003 and 2007 was permanent historian on board HMS Belfast. In 2010, he left to become Head of Attractions and Collections at Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower in Priddys Hard, Gosport. In the summer of 2013, Explosion became a branch of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and the following year Nick changed roles to join the NMRN’s Strategic Development Department. Nick is also a regular contributor to television and radio and has written two book. Dr Duncan Redford - A former Royal Navy officer , Dr Duncan Redford is the Senior Research Fellow, Modern Naval History at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and the Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Modern Naval History at the University of Portsmouth. His doctoral research was awarded the Laughton Naval history Scholarship by King’s College London (2002-6) and investigated ‘The cultural impact of submarines on Britain 1900-1977’ which formed the basis of his first book Submarine: A Cultural History from the Great War to Nuclear Combat, published by I. B. Tauris in 2010. Richard Noyce - A graduate of the Open University, Richard has been a collections curator for over 20 years working with the Artefact collections of the Royal Naval Museum looking after medals, uniforms, models and all three-dimensional artefacts. In April 2014 Richard became Curator of Weapons and Ordnance for NMRN responsible for small arms to missiles across the 5 NMRN sites. As an officer in the RAF Volunteer Reserve Richard usually spends his weekends teaching Air Cadets to glide.
First Name: Sheilah
Surname: Openshaw
Sheilah started diving through BSAC in 1994, she joined the NAS in 2002 and following a 10 year project wrote up her Part II in 2014. Through desk based research, supported by underwater observation and measurement, the project identified Netley Abbey, a wreck in 38 metres off the Dorset coast. She is a member of Poole Bay Archaeological Research Group and has participated in underwater archaeological projects including identifying and surveying the wreck of the ‘Rosa’ in Poole Bay and on the Iron Age jetties in Poole Harbour. Sheilah devotes one day each month to research in various archives, compiling a comprehensive and accurate record of shipwrecks in Dorset. Amongst her current projects she is researching the possible history of a wooden wreck with cargo sunk in the early 20th century.