Adrian retired from English Heritage in 2012, where he was Heritage Protection Director and Head of Profession for Archaeology. Before that he was Director of the Lancaster University Archaeology Unit, following extensive early career work as an active field archaeologist in northern England. He has worked across a wide range of historic environment activities, crossing many traditional professional and subject-based boundaries.
Adrian has had a long involvement as an expert for the Council of Europe and continues to work with European and international organisations; he was the founding President of the European Archaeological Council, and is the Secretary-General of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management. He also works alongside national bodies devoted to the protection and promotion of the historic environment and chairs the National Trust Historic Environment Advisory Group.
Adrian is looking forward to his new role as Chair of the Historic Environment Forum, where he hopes to continue the work of John Sell and Ben Cowell in fostering collaboration and coordination between its members and helping the sector work together to develop and pursue its common objectives.