My background is in field archaeology, which included the excavation of Sandwell Priory and study of its surrounding landscape, followed by a career as a local authority archaeologist for nearly 30 years, first at Sandwell Council then as Planning Archaeologist at Birmingham City Council. In Birmingham I was responsible for the management of archaeological sites in the city centre and suburbs through the planning process, including sites within major developments such as the Bull Ring and the New QE Hospital, and maintenance of the Historic Environment Record. I have been involved in the investigation of sites of all periods including prehistoric burnt mounds, Roman forts, medieval settlements and churches, and industrial remains, and in the interaction of the historic and natural environments in the past and as part of present landscape management. I have taken an active role in the West Midlands Archaeological Research Framework, including presentation of seminar papers, publication of papers and editing one of the period volumes. In addition to active voluntary involvement with several archaeological and other organisations responsible for publication, site management and interpretation in the region I have undertaken some consultancy work.