‘I’m a big fan of DigVentures. I love their energy and collaborative spirit, and I believe their passion for public engagement picks up where Time Team left off. They’re pioneering an exciting new way forward for archaeology.’

– Sir Tony Robinson, Patron, DV Advisory Board


Sir Tony Robinson

Over the last few decades Tony Robinson has emerged as Britain’s foremost face of popular history, the creator of a worldwide comedy icon, and an award winning writer of children’s books and television.

Tony presented twenty seasons of Channel 4’s archaeology series ‘Time Team’, and played Baldrick in ‘Blackadder’. He has been involved in many other television series and documentaries as a writer, producer and presenter, most recently the recent Channel 4 series ‘Time Crashers’. He is currently working on ‘The Somme – The First Twenty-four Hours’ for Discovery.

Tony is an award-winning children’s writer with over thirty authored books, including his current series for Macmillan, Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders. He has also written several books for adults including Tony Robinson’s History of Australia, and is currently working on his autobiography, provisionally entitled No Cunning Plan, which will be published in 2016.

From 1996 – 2000 he was Vice-President of British Actors Equity. Between 2000 and 2004 he was a member of the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party. In 2012 he was made a Fellow of Cardiff University, has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Exeter University, Oxford Brookes, the Open University and the University of Chester, and has Honorary MAs from Bristol University and the University of East London. In 2008 he was presented with the ‘Outstanding Contribution by an Individual’ award by the Museums and Heritage Association, and the James Joyce award by University College, Dublin. He has been an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society since 2008, and received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013.

David Gilbert

Following a long and successful career in retail including Managing Director of Currys Ltd, Chief Operating Officer of Dixons Stores Group worldwide and MD of Waterstones Booksellers, David now devotes all of his time to the Creative Industries and the Arts. He is Chair of Creative United, an Arts Council-backed company which delivers innovative finance for Creative Businesses. He is also Chair of the Writers Centre of Norwich, a Trustee of the Big Draw and the Longplayer Trust, and a Director of the Whitechapel Gallery. David is Board Advisor to iconic jewellery brand Tatty Devine.

David’s previous roles include being Chair of Culturelabel, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Contemporary Art Society and Chair of Marketing Agency Freestate. He holds an MA in Comparative Literature. His long-held interest in archaeology makes him ideally suited to join DigVentures as Chair, and he is very much looking forward to working alongside the DV team on many exciting projects.

David Gilbert DigVentures

Simon Collister
Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts London

Simon is a senior lecturer at the University of the Arts London in the United Kingdom, where he teaches strategic communication and digital media. Collister currently is completing doctoral research into digital political communication at Royal Holloway, University of London’s New Political Communication Unit. His current research interests include strategic communication, digital engagement, algorithms in communication, 21st century organizational models and the social impact of communication.

Simon is a founder member of the UK Chartered Institute of Public Relation’s (CIPR) Social Media Advisory Panel and continues to consultant with a range of international organisations. Before academia, Simon worked with some of the world’s leading communications consultancies, including We Are Social, Edelman, and Weber Shandwick. His personal commitment to history, archaeology and professional knowledge of digital media and public engagement make him an ideal member of the Advisory Board.


Simon Collister DigVentures

Dr Peter G Gould
Consulting Scholar, Penn Cultural Heritage Center, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology          Adjunct Professor, Penn and the American University of Rome

Peter is an archaeologist specializing in the economics and governance of non-profit organizations, including archaeology and heritage-related projects.  He received his PhD from University College London’s Institute of Archaeology, where his research involved field work in Peru, Belize and Ireland.

Previously, Peter’s extensive career in business and non-profit management included chief executive roles in numerous businesses in the United States and in Europe, as well as partnership in venture capital, leveraged buyout and mezzanine financing funds. Early in his career, he was the senior staff member to the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers and served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Export Development in the US Department of Commerce.

Peter has served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia region. He is a director of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative and is an overseer of the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Thomas Knowles
Head of Grants, Historic Environment Scotland

Thomas has run parallel career paths, working in the historic environment and charity sectors alongside serving as a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Naval Reserve. Specifically interested in leadership development and maximising opportunities for individuals and teams to reach their potential, he has developed a wide ranging interest in the promotion and protection of our past which is firmly based on the reality that financial sustainability is the cornerstone of project delivery.

Tom Knowles DigVentures

Tim Schadla-Hall
Reader in Public Archaeology, University College London, Institute of Archaeology

Tim read Archaeology and Geography art Cambridge then worked as field archaeologist before moving into museums in Hampshire, Hull and Leicestershire. He has worked widely in archaeological sites including the mesolithic in the Vale of Pickering, and also on medieval and post medieval buildings and landscapes. Currently editor of Public Archaeology, he is Reader in Public Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology UCL. He is concerned with all aspects of Public Archaeology, from politics to education, funding and legislation.

Tim Schadla-Hall DigVentures

Carole Souter
Chief Executive, Heritage Lottery Fund (2003 – April 2016)

Carole Souter joined the Heritage Lottery Fund as Chief Executive in April 2003, from English Heritage, where she was Director of Planning and Development. She has over 30 years’ experience of policy development and operational management in the public sector. She has worked on health and social security policy, the development of legislation, and cross – Departmental planning and has managed teams of several thousand staff as a Benefits Agency Area Director. She worked in the Departments of Health, Social Security and the Cabinet Office, before moving out of the civil service.

Carole has degrees in Politics and Philosophy and Victorian Studies. She currently sits on the Boards of Creativity, Culture and Education, the Kent Wildlife Trust and the National Communities Resource Centre. She was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2014.

Carole Souter DigVentures

Sarah Stannage
Executive Director, International Institute for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works

As a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce and a Clore Fellow ‘Living Places’, Sarah’s research focuses on volunteering, community leadership and local creative economies as part of the Arts Councils Commissioned Participation and Engagement in the Arts Knowledge Exchange Network.

Sarah has degrees in Conservation, Sustainable Development Policy and Environmental Decision Making, and over 15 years of professional experience in economic development, urban renewal and coastal regeneration including working at senior level for Melton Borough Council and formerly in Peterborough at Opportunity Peterborough (an Urban Regeneration Company) and as Head of Heritage, responsible for a portfolio of heritage assets that included Flag Fen.

Sarah Stannage DigVentures