Our President is Dr Peter Addyman CBE FSA, elected in October 2015. He was Director of the York Archaeological Trust from its foundation in 1972 until 2002, and the driving force behind the creation of the Jorvik Viking Centre.
Formerly lecturer in archaeology at the Queen’s University of Belfast and the University of Southampton, he has been an Honorary Professor in the Universities of Bradford and York. He has been President of the Council for British Archaeology, the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, and the Yorkshire Philosophical Society, and was founding Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
In 2016 he was awarded the President’s Medal of the British Academy for his outstanding contributions to making archaeology and heritage publicly accessible.
Dr Addyman says “York Civic Trust needs a strong voice and the support of people who recognise the importance of its role. We are open to all. You could make an important contribution to our organisation – our members are our eyes and ears, and the more powerful our voice, the more chance we have of influencing decisions.”
Our Chairman since October 2015 is Andrew Scott CBE CEng FMA. His career started as a civil engineer in public service.
After appointments with the West Yorkshire Transport Museum in Bradford, the Bradford Industrial Museum, and the London Transport Museum, he was Director of the National Railway Museum in York from 1994 to 2009, and Director of the National Museum of Science and Industry from 2009 to 2010. He is a member of the North York Moors National Park Authority and is closely involved in voluntary work in the railway heritage movement.
Andrew Scott says “York is a remarkable place – a vibrant, forward-looking economy firmly embedded in one of Europe’s most historic cities. It’s a place where people rightly take pride in their surroundings.
All around us is the evidence of two thousand years of the city’s story. Protecting this heritage whilst sustaining our economy means watching out for threats and striking a delicate balance between competing demands. Vigilance and thoughtful debate can help to craft the best way forward and these two areas lie at the heart of the Civic Trust’s role.”