08 May Chris Lowe
BA (Hons) MA PhD MCIfA FSA Scot
T: 0131 467 7707
Chris has been involved in archaeology since 1980 and has been instrumental in the development of Headland since its inception in 1996. He has over 30 years’ experience in project management, together with a strong academic profile, which has made him ideally suited to run Headland’s Consultancy Division. Under his careful guidance and mentoring, Chris’ team are now industry leaders in the production of heritage contributions to Environmental Impact Assessments. In addition, he provides quality assurance on major post-excavation and research projects.
Having undertaken many of the company’s first EIAs, including those at Camster, Millennium, Dunbeath and Kilbraur in Highland, Chris has subsequently gone on to project manage over 50 wind farm and other renewable energy schemes, mainly in Scotland and the north of England. He has provided evidence at a number of public inquiries, most recently the Winterton Wind Farm appeal in 2014 which was called in by Secretary of State Pickles. Having successfully project-managed the archaeological mitigation programmes at Griffin and Calliachar wind farms in Perth & Kinross, Chris is thus able to demonstrate experience of the EIA process from feasibility to ES, and from public inquiry to construction.
In addition to his consultancy work, Chris is a recognised authority on the Early Historic period having directed and published a number of major excavations in this field, notably the Anglian monastery at Hoddom, near Dumfries, and the early monastic site on Inchmarnock, in the Firth of Clyde. He has also helped to develop innovative approaches to the excavation of coastal erosion sites, most notably reflected in his work at St Boniface’ church on Papa Westray, and at St Nicholas’ chapel, Papa Stronsay, both in Orkney.