Chris Thomas is the Director of Hawk Heritage which he founded in 2019 as an independent heritage consultancy for the development industry. Chris began his career as an archaeologist in Bristol in 1985 before moving to work for the Museum of London in 1986. Whilst at Museum of London Archaeology, Chris led numerous excavations including the major project at Spitalfields Market from 1991-2007 and published a series of books on the medieval hospital there. Chris also led the excavations for the Westminster section of the Jubilee Line and also worked within the Palace of Westminster and published a book on it. He also published on the London Charterhouse and a prehistoric trackway in South London and helped to design MOLA’s publication series.
From 2001, Chris project managed numerous archaeological investigations including the large-scale redevelopment of Bath, Southgate and the HLF funded conservation-led repair of Torre Abbey in Devon.
From 2007, Chris was a senior manager at MOLA and was responsible for the heritage consultancy team that worked across the UK, advising clients on archaeological and built-heritage issues for the developments. Chris has a strong interest in the built environment and has taken courses with English Heritage. Chris led the team providing built heritage advice to the London Legacy Development Corporation.