24 Oct Headland Invests In The Future, Part Two
The good news about our Contracting Department (see previous posting) is only half the story. On the consultancy side of the business, we have not only weathered the recession but have positively come out of it with more work on the books, across a wider range of development sectors.
With over 15 years wind farm experience, predominantly onshore but also offshore, involving input to over 150 Environmental Statements and representation at more than 25 public inquiries, we have a well-established reputation for delivering projects on time and budget, and getting results. Over the recession we have used our contacts to expand into other areas of the renewables sector, including solar, as well as diversifying into the non-renewables market. So – to meet this demand – second up are our recent recruits to the Consultancy Department:
Michael Walsh, Maritime Project Manager (Scotland)
Michael joined Headland last year and now heads up the Maritime Section of the Consultancy Department. Michael completed his Masters and PhD at the Centre for Maritime Archaeology, University of Southampton before working in commercial archaeology. He has extensive archaeological experience, having worked on many sites throughout Europe and the Middle East, and is currently working on a variety of offshore developments around the UK and Ireland, including offshore wind farms and interconnector cables. Before joining Headland Michael directed one of the largest geophysical surveys ever undertaken in Abu Dhabi. He has worked on a variety of maritime sites in the UK and in the Red Sea; his doctoral research was on the (in) famous Pudding Pan Roman shipwreck site in the outer Thames estuary. Michael is currently leading a team looking for the wreck and is in the process of preparing a monograph on the site for publication later this year. He has published extensively and most recently wrote the Roman chapter for the research framework for maritime archaeology published by the CBA in 2013.
Tom Janes, Heritage Consultant (Scotland)
Tom has more than 15 years’ experience in commercial archaeology, working as a field archaeologist, site director and later project manager in the UK and Ireland. He has an MA in Medieval History and Archaeology from St Andrews University and holds an Irish Site Director’s License. While working for Headland Archaeology (Ireland) from 2005 to 2011, he managed a number of large scale field projects and also carried out desktop assessments and Environmental Impact Assessments. He therefore brings a broad range of knowledge and experience to his current role in the consultancy department. Since joining the company in April he has taken on a large proportion of the company’s EIA work, having written three chapters for Environmental Statements, with another four completed to baseline level, for projects in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Sam Fox, Heritage Consultant (Scotland)
Sam joined Headland from Historic Scotland where he completed an IfA/HLF-funded workplace learning bursary based with the Scheduling, Marine and Battlefields Team. He researched the Second World War military heritage of Moray for his MA dissertation and continued to pursue his interest in conflict heritage and battlefields at Historic Scotland, assessing a number of significant military sites for research and designation. He brings considerable knowledge of heritage policy, having worked on assessing EIAs and SEAs with Historic Scotland’s Area and Strategic Casework Teams. Since joining Headland’s EIA team, in addition to working on a number of land-based heritage assessments, Sam has also gained experience analysing maritime data on several projects with Michael Walsh.