York Archaeological Trust Uncovers New Chair
York Archaeological Trust, the independent educational charity founded in 1972 to respond to threats posed to the City’s heritage, has announced its new Chair. Professor Anthony Robards OBE (pictured above right) joins York Archaeological Trust following six successful years as Chairman of Yorkshire Cancer Research.
During an academic career that has spanned over 40 years, Professor Robards has held several company directorships and board positions within the biological research and education sectors as well as having been a past President of the York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, and Governor of the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York.
Outgoing Chairman since 2007, Terence (Terry) Suthers (pictured above left), will remain in position until May to oversee the reopening of the Trust’s JORVIK Viking Centre visitor attraction, after its £4.3 million re-imagining, after which he will hand over duties officially to Professor Robards.
Terry says, “On behalf of myself and the Board of Trustees I am delighted to announce Professor Robards as my successor as Chair of the Board. There was significant nationwide interest in the position, however Professor Robards work overseeing many regional initiatives including Co-founding Science City York and founding Venturefest Yorkshire to name but two, truly shows the wealth of experience he will bring to the Trust.”
Professor Robards comments, “Having spent my whole professional career in York I have had the opportunity to see and admire the contributions York Archaeological Trust has made to York’s portfolio of outstanding organisations and attractions. I was delighted to be invited to accept the post of Chair of the Trust and to have the opportunity to work with Chief Executive, David Jennings, and his expert team to help move the Trust to even higher levels of attainment and recognition than already exist.”