Who we are

Meet the Cornerstone Heritage team


Visiting research fellows

Andrew Thompson
Visiting Research Fellow, Department of History

Andrew Thompson is a Visiting Research Fellow in the department of History and director of the heritage consultancy Andrew Thompson Heritage. Andrew is an archaeologist and historian who has spent his working life exploring, explaining and interpreting the history and heritage of south-west England.

Michael Williams
Visiting Research Fellow, Marine Conservation and Policy Research Centre, University of Plymouth

Mike Williams is a Visiting Research Fellow at University of Plymouth Law School, a member of the University’s Marine Conservation and Policy Research Centre 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 a Deputy Chair of the Devon & Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, is the Honorary Secretary of the Nautical Archaeology Society (a UK registered charity), is a Harbour Commissioner and is 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. Mike has successfully conducted previous projects for English Heritage, including the Marine Archaeology Legislation Project.