Specialist team covering an extensive portfolio of development, research and educational heritage projects.

Adam Partington

Adam is Director and co-founder of Locus Consulting. He leads the specialist team covering an extensive portfolio of development, research and educational heritage projects.

With over 15 years’ experience gained in private practice and local authority planning and heritage teams,  Adam has strong skills in mediation and advocacy, championing strategic, creative and commercial approaches to heritage-led regeneration.

I lead a 70 event national training programme building capacity in local authorities on behalf of Historic England. In 2016 my work won the National RTPI Awards for Excellence in Planning for Heritage and was highly commended at the RTPI Regional Awards. Previous work in 2011 was shortlisted for two e-Government awards and won the Regional RTPI award for ‘Planning Process’, going on to be named overall winner.

Director and co-founder

BA (Hons) MSc Oxon


BA (Hons) MA

brixie payne

Brixie joined the team at Locus as Assistant Heritage Consultant in 2021. With a background in history and heritage, having studied at both Durham University and the University of Leicester’s School of Museum Studies, she is interested in the way in which heritage shapes constructions of place and identity, as well as the interplay of tangible and intangible heritage. With experience of working at both heritage sites and museums, she is particularly passionate about heritage strategy and the importance of the role of conservation in sustainable development.

I support the team in preparing heritage statements, archival research and assisting with site analysis. I am also taking a lead role in Essentials Online, a project converting a five-year Historic England training programme to an online format. I am committed to promoting the historic environment’s role in sustainable place-shaping and capitalising on the value that heritage can bring.

Robert Templar

Robert joined the team at Locus in 2022 as a Senior Heritage Consultant and lead archaeologist. 

With an extensive background in archaeological and historical consultancy, gained from commercial archaeology and cultural heritage projects in the UK, Europe and California, Robert takes a fresh approaches to heritage management that seek improved understanding of and access to our heritage. 

Robert has a strong communication and engagement skills, with 7 years experience in planning consultation, including time in California liaising with Native American tribes and State governments on a variety of development projects.

Proudly hailing from an archaeological family, Robert spent large amounts of his youth exploring Hadrian’s wall, parts of which were excavated by his grandmother. 


BA (Hons) MA

Join us

We’re recruiting and would love to hear from you!

Please send your CV together with a covering letter.


Apply Before: 18.02.22

Location: East Midlands – Nottingham/Lincoln/Leicester

Salary: £27,500 – £32,000 plus benefits (depending on experience)

Locus are a multi-disciplinary heritage consultancy working with leading architects, planning consultancies and developers throughout the country. A significant proportion of our work is with local authorities and Historic England, building capacity and providing strategic advice on issues of heritage management.

We are looking for an experienced Heritage Consultant with a specialism in archaeology to join our team in the East Midlands. The post will suit an aspiring heritage professional with an appetite to promote the historic environment’s role in sustainable place-shaping.

The Position

You’ll take a lead role in our team, providing archaeological consultancy on an extensive portfolio of development casework and strategic projects. You will liaise directly with clients, providing professional consultancy according to the prevailing framework of planning law, policy and guidance. 

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking site visits 
  • Preparing a robust evidence-base, including the collation and analysis of heritage information
  • Production of written reports: Desk-Based Assessments, Heritage Impact Assessments, Written Schemes of Investigation
  • Liaising with local planning authority archaeological officers
  • Commissioning of HER searches and specialist heritage fieldwork
  • Proficient use of GIS to prepare mapping for reports (e.g. HER data)
  • Attendance at meetings with key stakeholders, authorities, and clients
  • CPD – keeping up to date with current law, policy, standards, guidelines and practice

You will also take a role in our strategic projects, advising local and national government on the significance of the archaeological resource and options for its future management. 

Our educational work will be a key part of your role, building capacity amongst local planning authorities and more broadly in the heritage and planning sectors. We are currently developing an eLearning platform for the successful Essentials Training Programme in partnership with Historic England. You will complete the entire programme as part of your career development at Locus and assist in implementing and improving the online element. 

We anticipate your role will develop and diversify, driven by your own aspirations to take on more responsibility and strengthen your remit and profile within the sector. Working as part of interdisciplinary teams, you will have opportunity to develop your skills in a wide range of fields, such as building recording, setting analysis, planning law and policy, historic landscapes, urban design and place-shaping. 

About You

The successful candidate will have demonstrable experience of working within the heritage and planning sector. You will be diligent and organised, able to manage your own workload with support and leadership. A positive voice in the room for the role of heritage in sustainable place-shaping, you will work collaboratively alongside a range stakeholders and specialists. 

You will have a minimum of 3-5 years post-qualification professional experience together with:

  • A degree in archaeology or related subject
  • An interest in town planning and development
  • Awareness and understanding of relevant planning law and policy
  • Well-developed knowledge and understanding of British archaeology
  • Demonstrable experience in writing planning documentation, including Archaeological Desk Based Assessments and Written Schemes of Investigation
  • Proven experience in use of Geographical Information Systems
  • Demonstrable experience of field archaeology
  • Competent research skills
  • Excellent verbal, written and communication skills
  • Competent IT skills, including the use of Microsoft software packages

Desirable qualifications and skills include:

  • Postgraduate degree in related discipline
  • Knowledge of built environment or other heritage specialism
  • Full Driving licence
  • CiFA Membership
  • Experience with graphic design software

 About Us

Established in 2012, Locus are an award-winning heritage consultancy with a loyal client base. Our development work ranges from small-scale sites to large urban extensions and urban regeneration projects. We work collaboratively with planning and environmental professionals to secure sustainable development solutions. Our expert advice extends to national and local government, building capacity and improving how heritage is managed for the future. 

We have a flexible approach to our working environment. Our main offices are based in Nottingham, but we are able to support office working from locations across the East Midlands. Subject to some standard conditions, working remotely from home can be blended with office-based working. Due to the nature of the role you will be expected to be able to travel for site visits and attend team meetings both digitally and in person.

We are committed to investing in you, developing your skills in-house and through external training events. External training and CPD take the form of face-to-face events and online courses, particularly focusing on heritage management and planning. We expect you to express your own desires for training and we will seek to meet them as a matter of priority.

Please send your CV and a covering letter by email to