Specialists in Archaeology
and the Historic Environment
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The Heritage Network is an independent practice specialising in archaeology and the historic environment. The practice has been providing consultancy and contract services on a commercial basis since 1992, to clients involved in all forms of development, including home extensions, barn conversions, church and listed building improvements, housing and industrial estates, agriculture, forestry, roads and pipelines.
The practice follows a rigorous quality management process that reflects its registration with the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). Registration is renewed annually and is subject to biennial inspection visits to ensure that its work meets the highest professional standards. The practice is also a member of the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) and the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and maintains accreditation with Constructionline and with Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS).
In addition to its core staff, the practice can draw on a network of recognised external specialists and a pool of experienced temporary staff, if required. The heritage professionals are supported by an experienced administrative team.
Meet the team
Projects are overseen and co-ordinated by David Hillelson, the practice's Managing Director, an established archaeologist with extensive experience of the management of archaeological projects in both urban and rural environments. David holds an honours degree in archaeology from the University of Durham, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. He has been the practice’s principal officer since 1992 and has a particular interest in historic buildings.
Research and analysis are managed by Helen Ashworth, the practice’s Research Manager. She holds a degree in English and History from Middlesex Polytechnic, a Post-graduate Certificate in Field Archaeology from the University of Oxford, and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. Helen has over thirty years of practical experience in local government, with the Royal Commission for the Historical Monuments of England, and in private practice.
Fieldwork is managed by Chris Turner, the practice’s Operations Manager. Chris holds an honours degree in Archaeological Science from the University of Bradford, and has over twenty years of practical archaeological experience in the commercial sector. Chris is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
The smooth operation of the Heritage Network is down to Fay Worboys, the practice’s Office Manager since 2009, who keeps the rest of the team in order. Fay has an honours degree in European Languages and a background in the insurance industry. She is currently studying to become an Affiliate Member of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
Greg Jones is the Heritage Network’s senior Project Officer and has been with the practice since 2010. He holds an honours degree in Archaeology from the University of Liverpool, a masters degree in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester, and has over seventeen years of practical archaeological experience in the commercial sector. He is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Mark Sycamore (Tree)
Mark Sycamore joined the practice as a Project Officer in 2013 and has been working in commercial archaeology for just over 10 years. He holds a degree in Ancient History from Lampeter University and has a particular interest in military history and in Roman and Saxon Archaeology.
Alison Hudson has worked for the Heritage Network since 2005 both in the field and on post-excavation processing. Much of her time is currently spent as a Research Assistant and preparing archives for deposition. Alison has a degree in History from the University of Hertfordshire and is also a qualified teacher. She has a keen interest in finds preservation and conservation.
Jenny Heinzelmann joined the practice in 2011 as a Research Assistant but also works on excavations, on building recording, finds processing and archive preparation. Jenny has a background in education and a lifelong passion for archaeology. She has a Master’s Degree and is a Practitioner of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Robin has over 35 years of archaeological experience and has worked in a variety of roles, from fieldwork to providing archaeological planning advice. He holds a degree in archaeology from University College London, and has taught adult education archaeology classes at Birkbeck since 1979. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Tony Fitzpatrick-Matthews (Bahkti)
Bahkti is Fay’s right hand and cheerfully manages all those clerical jobs that everyone else hates. He has been with the practice since 2006 and can be relied on to keep on top of office supplies, collate and send out project reports, maintain the office filing systems and answer the phones.
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