This years FAME Forum will once again be held in York, supported by the York Archaeological Trust,  at the historic Merchant Adventurers Hall in Fossgate.

This year’s theme addresses one of the key challenges facing our sector; how to respond to the pressures of a growing market, both at an Industry and organizational level. How can organisations build capacity, continue to innovate, improve quality and productivity, and secure improved returns? It’s a tall order.

Speakers already confirmed include Ronan Swan (Head of Archaeology and Heritage at Transport Infrastructure Ireland), Christopher Dore (a past President of the American Cultural Resources Association and past Director of the Society for American Archaeology) who will provide some useful comparative examples of good (and bad) practice in the Republic of Ireland and the US.

HS2 will also be on hand to update on the progress of the procurement, but also the management systems that will be in place to promote quality and delivery. Other speakers will cover infrastructure and market projections, partnership working and skills recruitment/retention. Updates will be available on the Trailblazer Apprenticeships scheme and CSCS cards.

Most importantly the Forum provides a rare opportunity for Senior Managers within our sector to meet and share ideas and experience.

More details will follow together with information on how to confirm attendance. Remember, FAME members get two free places and Affiliates one free place. Additional places for members and non members are available at £75 per head.

Make a date in your diary now for 24th June (and note that FAME’s AGM is also in York on the previous evening, with a social afterwards).