Author: andymarvell

Day in the Life – Chief Executive

Returned late last night (9.45pm arrival) from Llandudno having attended Welsh Historic Environment Group (HEG) meeting. HEG 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 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.

Group of GGAT archaeologists in PPE at Neath Excavation

GGAT is training all its staff in ‘social networking’


My name is Andrew Marvell. I am the Chief Executive at GGAT.

In order that we can reach as wide an audience as possible through new technology the Trust added to its website outputs by setting up a range of social networking links (blogger, wordpress, twitter and so forth). We realised that only a few of our staff were using these facilities and most were relying on our outreach officer to post content. So we have set up a series of internal training sessions so that all our staff can get up to speed with using these information conduits with the intention that we will be able to let you know more quickly about the projects that we are undertaking, the events that we have planned, and perhaps most importantly the discoveries that we make both during fieldwork and during post-excavation studies.

Today I and colleagues are in the third group to be trained by out Web Manager Paul Huckfield. This is my second blog and I have learnt so far how basically to use blogger and wordpress. Although as is ever the case practice will be the key. Neverless the excitement in learning a new skill is great – must check to see whether I can include this in my IFA professional CPD Log.