Day in the Life – Chief Executive

Returned late last night (9.45pm arrival) from Llandudno having attended Welsh Historic Environment Group (HEG) meeting. HEG http://www.cadw.wales.gov.uk/default.asp?id=238 is the advisory group to the Welsh Minister for Heritage who is currently Huw Lewis, who chaired the afternoon session. Topics included the proposed process for bringing forward a Heritage Bill for Wales, meeting Historic Building Craft skill shortfalls, History Research in Wales. Back to management reality today: 1) Finance Committee review with auditors of 2010-2011 annual report and accounts ahead of full board consideration; 2) GGAT HER Charitable Trust meeting considering  amongst other things GGAT HER development progress – nice to note the significant impact that our volunteers are making in improving the content (digitial and non-digital), organisation and care of this important record – event data updating issues, progress on ensuring data consistency with SAM/LB records; development of archwilio http://www.archwilio.org.uk/ as an oasis type resource (grey literature is uploaded need to facilitate access), impact of facilitating access to archwilio at outreach events, approval of draft depositor agreement; 3) update from Head of Projects on forthcoming work – good take up in difficult times 4) E-mail review – two days out of office they pile up – topics included arrangements for delivery of recruitment flyer for community archaeology engagement as part of Blaenavon Forgotten Landscapes Partnership project, issues arising from circulation of a paper on conservation management, current legal/financial issues; standard and guidance for curatorial archaeology, archwilio MoU, Welsh Historic Environment Assessment Report, and a miasma of internal management matters and other matters that are currently confidential/preliminary; 5) Signed off a variety of payments – end of month and we  trade on a thirty day basis.

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