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Event Organiser: Central Dredging Association

2021, Dredging and the Historic Environment, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 02 December 2021
  • 14:00 - 19:30
2021, Dredging and the Historic Environment, London

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CEDA-UK: Half-day in-person seminar 14:00 - 17:00, followed by our annual drinks reception from 17:00 – 19:30

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With any construction or capital dredging project in the marine environment there is a risk of direct and indirect effects on known and undiscovered heritage assets. There is also the potential for impacts on the wider heritage resource such as palaeolandscapes or historic seascapes.

Development can therefore be subject to restrictions associated with the marine historic environment. Such restrictions can often be complex and difficult to navigate. Negotiating and progressing effective and proportionate mitigation strategies requires an in-depth understanding of marine heritage, relevant legislative, planning and licensing considerations and the potential impacts such activities can have on heritage assets.

This seminar provides an up-to-date review of current approaches to assessment, consenting and working with the relevant regulators, examining the way that practicality and feasibility of mitigation strategies is key to the success of the project. Followed by the most current thinking on approaches to palaeolandscapes and concluding with arguably one of the best examples in recent times of a large complex capital dredging project and how marine archaeology mitigation was successfully achieved.


1400 - 1430 – Speaker 1 RHDHV’s Vic Cooper – discussion mitigation, WSI’s etc
1430 - 1440 Q&A
1440 - 1510 – Speaker 2 – Dr Claire Mellett (Wessex Archaeology) – discussing English Channel dredge areas and palaeolandscapes
1510 - 1520 Q&A
1520 - 1535 Break
1535 - 1650 Final speaker - Captain Iain Greenlees OBE – QEC
1650 - 1700 Q&A
1700 Drinks

Dredging and the WSI: Setting out a strategy for marine archaeology
Vic Cooper – Senior Marine Heritage Consultant, Royal HaskoningDHV
Landscapes are bigger than licence areas: regional approaches to submerged palaeolandscape assessments
Dr Claire Mellett - Principal Marine Geoarchaeologist, Wessex Archaeology
Dredging back to the future – the QEC and marine archaeology
Captain Iain Greenlees OBE RN Rtd, HMNB Portsmouth
Jackie Lavender – Technical Director, Royal HaskoningDHV

Chaired by Jamie Gardiner from Royal HaskoningDHV, Committee Member of CEDA UK



Vic Cooper, Royal HaskoningDHV

Victoria Cooper

Victoria has over 16 years of experience working in the marine archaeology and heritage sector. As RoyalHaskoningDHV’s Lead Marine Heritage Consultant, she is responsible for producing a wide range of technical reports including baseline and impact assessment reports, Written Schemes of Investigation (WSIs) and archaeological method statements.

She regularly provides advice with respect to planning and marine licence conditions and co-ordinates the implementation of mitigation strategies and regulatory liaison to ensure the effective delivery of client projects, while preventing significant impacts to coastal and marine heritage.

She has been a key author on industry guidance documents for cultural heritage impact assessment and marine archaeology in ports and harbours, for both PIANC and Historic England. Additionally, she has previously worked on the development of public engagement initiatives for designated wrecks, the implementation of archaeological protocols for offshore industry and the examination of the significance, and identification of, shipwrecks in the UK.

Claire Mellett, Wessex Archaeology

Claire Mellett

Dr Claire Mellett is Principle Marine Geoarchaeologist at Wessex Archaeology and has almost 15 years’ experience undertaking geological mapping of the UK continental shelf for a variety of sectors, including marine aggregates.

Claire’s first ventured into the marine sector during her PhD which was sponsored by Hanson Aggregates Marine Ltd. Using data acquired for prospecting purposes, Claire reconstructed landscape evolution of the English Channel and recognised the outputs were potentially significant for understanding past geography of North West Europe in relation to human migration pathways through prehistory.

Before joining Wessex Archaeology, Claire worked for the British Geological Survey were she undertook strategic national mapping, geological assessments for offshore wind developments and was expedition project manager for the International Ocean Drilling Programme. Since joining Wessex Archaeology, Claire has taken her extensive knowledge of marine geology and environmental change to map submerged landscapes to support the licencing and consenting process for offshore infrastructure projects and marine aggregates.

Captain I W Greenlees - OBE BSc RN Rtd, Infrastructure Superintendent, HM Naval Base Portsmouth

Captain I W Greenlees

 Iain Greenlees joined the Royal Navy in 1976. Qualification as a Weapons Engineer led to repeated tours in the Falklands in HMS PENELOPE.

In 1986 he became one of the first WE officers to attend the Principal Warfare Officers Course.  Over the next six years as an Above Water Warfare Officer and then Operations Officer he completed the first operational deployments for HMS BOXER & CORNWALL, during which time he transferred formally into the Warfare Branch and served on the 8th Frigate Squadron Staff.

With promotion to Commander in 1993, the highlight of the next 12 years was command of a Type 22 frigate, HMS LONDON, from 1996-98.  On promotion, he became Captain of the Base at Portsmouth in 2005 then focussed on leadership of Naval Base Infrastructure & Transformation teams, shaping, then delivering, the joint MOD and industrial development of the Naval Base for the QUEEN ELIZABETH Class and support for Continuous Carrier Strike. Retiring from the Royal Navy in December 2015, he joined the Civil Service and returned to the Base to complete the aircraft carrier development programme.

A keen clay pigeon shot, Iain Greenlees continues to manage the RN & RM Clay Pigeon Shooting Association FITASC team; he is also a Hampshire Duke of Edinburgh Expedition Instructor and Yachtmaster.

Jackie Lavender, Royal Haskoning DHV

Jackie Lavender

Jackie is a Technical Director within the Environment Team with almost 20 years’ experience in environmental assessment and consenting at the water’s edge.

She has worked on numerous large, complex projects over this time on the south coast and in the Thames Estuary as well as smaller developments requiring consenting experience.

Since 2011 she has been successfully managing environmental and consenting support to the Ministry of Defence both at HMNB Portsmouth and HMNB Devonport including the EIA, marine licence application and post-consent requirements for HMNB Portsmouth in respect of the new QEC aircraft carriers.

Event venue

One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Shelly-Ann Russell

e: [email protected]