The Protected Wreck Association is managed by a committee elected annually by the Association’s members at an Annual General Meeting of the Protected Wreck Association.

The current committee, elected on 31st January 2020 is listed below.

Chair: Mike Williams

Professor Mike Williams is a Visiting Professor at Plymouth University’s School of Law, Criminology & Government, a member of the University’s Marine Conservation & Policy Research Group (MarCoPol) and a former Honorary Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He has published extensively on the law relating to the foreshore and seabed and underwater cultural heritage. He has advised government departments and agencies, both in the UK and abroad and was retained as an advisor to the Crown Estate (Marine Division) on foreshore and seabed law. Mike sits on the UK’s Joint Nautical Archaeological Policy Committee, is a member of the Ministry of Defence’s Expert Panel on HMS Victory 1744, is Chair of the Devon & Severn Inshore Fishery and Conservation Authority, is the Honorary Secretary of the Nautical Archaeology Society (a UK registered charity), a Director of Mast Heritage, a Harbour Commissioner and a member of the Expert Network for UNESCO’s UK National Commission. Mike is a qualified commercial and recreational diver and as a member of the South West Maritime Archaeology Group has conducted archaeological operations on several protected wreck sites.

Secretary: Dave Johnston

Dave Johnston is a senior tutor for NAS, running NAS courses around the UK and the world. He is an avocational underwater archaeologist and sports diver who has learned his archaeology through the NAS training scheme (currently Part 3, working towards Part 4) and by using that training to get involved in various projects. He is a member of the Warship Hazardous Prize Designated Wreck Project Team and also volunteers with the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology. He has also run NAS projects at Stourhead Gardens. A PADI Dive Master and BSAC OWSI, he is boat officer and webmaster for the NAS’s dive club ( He is also a NAS senior tutor and member of the NAS Management Committee.

Treasurer: Mallory Haas

Mallory has a B.A. in archaeology and a Certificate in GIS from Cleveland State University. In addition to her activities in terrestrial archaeology she has developed a keen interest in underwater archaeology. Mallory is a working member of Cleveland Underwater Explorers (CLUE), having conducted historical research and exploratory dives on shipwreck sites in Lake Erie and has surveyed pier structures in Traverse Bay, Michigan for the NAS. She has done historical research and oral histories for the Liberty 70 Project’s US connection to New Orleans on the shipyard and the women who built the Liberty ships.  Mallory is a member of the Great Lakes Historical Society (GLHS), a board member for the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST), the Ohio Archaeological Council (OAC) and the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) as well as working with the Plymouth SHIPS project.

Public Relations and Communications: Alison James

Alison joined the committee in 2018 having spent the previous ten years at Historic England managing England’s protected wreck sites and working with the licensed teams and volunteers who work on the sites. Alison is a Director and Project Manager at MSDS Marine with extensive experience in the management of historic shipwreck sites, volunteer involvement, community engagement and education initiatives.

Alison is also a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor and an owner of Go Dive SCUBA store. She loves talking to Protected Wreck Association members so if you are ever visiting Go Dive do say hello!