Matt Parker Wooding BA MPhil MCIfA
Project Manager (Consultancy)
Matt graduated from Sheffield University in 1998 and from then until 2008 worked for a number of commercial archaeological fieldwork units across England and Ireland.
Following this, he began a Master of Philosophy at Bradford University and started working as an archaeological consultant for AECOM. After five years at AECOM- where he had become Senior Archaeologist- he moved to Berkshire and was employed as Archaeological Advisor to Thames Water. He joined AOC in 2014 as a Heritage Consultant. Matt’s career path has provided the opportunity to be involved in a variety of heritage environments in academic, field and advisory positions.
As a consultant Matt has provided advice on planning applications and agri-environmental schemes to clients and stakeholders and produced reports to meet strict deadlines. Matt routinely completes WSI’s, DBA’s, EIA’s and Heritage Statements and monitors any resulting archaeological fieldwork and prepare s evidence for public inquiries. Matt is also involved in managing and training younger archaeologists and maintaining their continued professional development.
Matt is fully committed to the historic environment and strongly believes it should be a resource accessible to everyone and suitably conserved for future generations. He is particularly interested in community archaeology and sharing his enthusiasm for history and archaeology with others. He has been involved in a number of projects involving local interest groups and the general public in the past and has conducted site visits/ tours, trained students in excavation and recording, and visited schools to give archaeological presentations.
- Crossrail West – Matt worked extensively on the Crossrail West project, helping produce the detailed desk-based assessments for 13 railway stations and one staff accommodation site. A number of these were subject to site specific written schemes of investigations. Matt liaised with the Crossrail archaeological advisor to ensure that the reports were suitable for the purpose and robust and that the recommended mitigations were appropriate and proportionate to the heritage risk identified.
- Manchester Metrolink – This network of trams across the Greater Manchester area were subject to several EIA chapters to assess the differing lines. A number of the routes were along historic former tramways although some were across previous Greenfield sites. Matt also monitored a number of geotechnical investigations and was responsible for monitoring the archaeological contractors evaluations and excavations at a number of sites where archaeological remains had been identified during the desk-based assessments.
- Lower Thames Crossing – Matt has worked on the production of the initial route assessments for the Lower Thames Crossing. The routes traverse across landscapes of intensive prior archaeological activity and the current assessments have been aimed at identifying high-level constraints. Once a preferred route has been selected, in-depth archaeological assessments and surveys will be undertaken.
- Olympia Park, Selby – Matt has been working on a long term project for a mixed use commercial and residential development outside of the town of Selby in North Yorkshire. Following production of an Environmental Statement, Matt managed the fieldwork elements which comprised geophysical survey and palaeoenvironmental sampling. He has produced an overarching archaeological mitigation strategy for the various development plots to ensure a consistent approach to recording the historic environment.