When and Where: Friday, June 21st, The Merchant Taylors Hall, Aldwark, York YO1 7BX

This year’s FAME Forum takes as its theme ‘Building a Healthier Workplace’.

Our focus is firstly on well-being, and particularly on mental health. HSE statistics show that 15.4 million working days are lost a year due to stress, depression or anxiety and it’s estimated this costs the UK economy over £70 billion per annum.

This is a challenge for organisations in all sectors and archaeology is no different. If this is an issue that directly affects the bottom line, it also has deeply personal impacts for our ourselves, our colleagues and our employees. Employers have legal responsibilities and a duty of care, but how far does this extend and what’s the nature of an organisations responsibility under any wider and unwritten social contract? Speakers will look at how mental health issues play out at both the macro and micro level, with presentations from those involved with shaping cross sectoral policy and those implementing solutions on the ground in construction and archaeology.

The Forum spreads its interest wider than just mental health and speakers will address the impact that issues such as good practice around equality and diversity can have on general well-being and business performance. The archaeology sector is working hard to open up opportunities to all, but more can be done and this is an opportunity to discover how.

Although the focus of the day is on health, safety and well-being, there is also time for speakers to take the temperature of the sector more generally and consider what we know about commercial performance and employment, and what some of the big issues are going forwards for commercial archaeologists. As was asked last year, have we reached peak archaeology –is this, perhaps, as good as it gets?

The Forum always offers a stimulating mix of speakers from within and outside our sector, but it also to provides a space for senior managers, those managing projects, functions and the organisation overall, a space to meet, network, catch up and enjoy talking shop. It’s more intimate and more focused than other events and we try to ensure it’s all relevant to the hugely challenging job of delivering great archaeology, great jobs, and great businesses.

Tea, coffee and a buffet lunch will be provided on the day and once again we are delighted to be based at the beautiful and historic Merchant Taylors Hall.

All members and partners can claim up to two free tickets. All other tickets are £85. Tickets are available on Eventbrite using this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fame-forum-2019-building-a-safer-workplace-tickets-62580001469

We look forward to welcoming you in York.

Tim Malim, FAME Chair



Provisional running order

The day begins with registration and coffee at 9.30

9.45 -10.00 Welcome and Introduction

Chris Brayne, CEO Wessex Archaeology, Vice Chair of FAME

10.00 -10.25 Why business needs to take mental health seriously

Dr Christian Van Stolk, The RAND Institute

10.25 -10.50 The construction industry response to mental health

Speaker to be confirmed, Mates in Mind

10.50 -11.20 Tea and Coffee/Networking break

11.20-11.45 Building diversity –the CIfA Equality and Diversity Special Interest Group

Dr Hannah Cobb (university of Manchester) and Joe Flatman (National Trust)

11.45-12.10 Enabling archaeologists

Theresa O’Mahony, The Enabled Archaeology Foundation

12.10 -12.30 Working with MIND to build a safe culture on the ground

Alli Preece, Head of HR and Facilities, Cotswold Archaeology

12.30-13.30 Buffet Lunch

13.30-14.00 Safety and supply chains on UK mega projects: lessons for archaeology

Ros Seal, HS2

14.00 – 14.20 Discussion: How can FAME help to build a safer workplace?

(Moderator: Dan Poore)

14.20 – 14.45 The shape we’re in: commercial archaeology in 2019

Doug Rocks-Maqueen, Deputy CEO, FAME

14.45 – 15.10 21st century challenges for the commercial sector

Jen Parker Wooding, CIfA

15.10 – 15.30 Discussion: What are the key issues for UK commercial archaeology over the next 12 months? What does FAME need to do?

(Moderator: Tim Malim)

15.30-15.45 Tea and Coffee. The conference will close at 15.45