2018 conference speaker details

See our 2018 conference page for details of the conference. Here are some speaker details…

Richard Edwards was formerly Principal Lecturer in Geology at the Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall where his research included the study of metalliferous ore deposits and the impact of mine waste on the environment.  Since moving to Malvern in 2005 he has run a series of lecture courses for the Malvern U3A Geology Group and is currently involved in a number of projects in association with the Malvern Hills Trust and the AONB.

Robin Jackson is a Senior Project Manager with Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service. He has worked on archaeology for over thirty years, the past twenty eight of which  have been spent working on sites across Worcestershire and the surrounding counties. He has particular expertise in working on behalf of the mineral extraction industry and on large-scale infrastructure projects. His research interests lie in prehistoric archaeology and river valley landscapes.

Nigel Hand is a reptile ecologist. He has travelled globally to photograph and study reptiles. In the Midlands he has monitored reptile populations on various sites for years especially the adder, building up a photographic database of individuals. In recent years Nigel has filmed adders for BBC1 and ITV and recorded for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Hereford and Worcester. He has been awarded an Earthwatch scholarship to study global warming in Australia and its impact on indigenous wildlife.

Beck Baker is a graduate of Aberystwyth University where she studied Environmental Science. Since graduation she has worked for the Malvern Hills Trust as their Community and Conservation Officer.

George Demidowicz was retired as Head of the Conservation and Archaeology team at Coventry City Council in 2012, since when he has held the position of Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Birmingham. He has continued to work as a consultant in the field of building and landscape history and industrial archaeology, completing  a conservation and archaeology plan for the old cathedral of St Michael’s Coventry, part of which was published as a book in 2015. Recently the  Malvern Hills AONB has produced a guide to his discovery of the Charles 1 ‘KIng’s Thirds’ enclosures on Malvern Chase.