CIfA committees

The Institute is a democratic membership organisation which is run by an elected Board of Directors and supported by an Advisory Council made up of CIfA members. Some processes of the Board are delegated to various committees which are also made up of CIfA members who volunteer their time - see below. The dates of committee meetings (along with other CIfA activities) can be found on the events calendar.

Validation committee

Nicky Powell (chair)
Processes applications for membership and advises the Board of Directors concerning the development of the Validation process for membership of the institute and advises generally on validation procedures.

Registration Committee (Organisations)

Robin Holgate (chair)
Processes applications for registration and advises the Board of Directors on the development of the Registered Organisations scheme.

Member services and promotions committee

Beverley Ballin Smith (chair)
The Member services and promotions committee considers the benefits of CIfA membership to individuals and evaluates the value of being a member across all grades. The committee advises Council on the delivery of the Recruitment and Communications Plan, and ensures the publications policy is up to date. The committee aims to develop publications which further the aims of the CIfA and raise the profile of CIfA within the archaeological profession and with outside bodies.

Professional Development and Practice

Kirsten Holland (chair)
Advises CIfA Council and staff on best practice relating to standards and professional development. It:

  • promotes Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • cooperates with other bodies in the development and provision of training in archaeology
  • encourages the provision of archaeological courses in education
  • establishes routes for career development within the profession
  • monitors and reviews the standard and nature of provision of historic environment services
  • monitors and reviews CIfA Standards and guidance, identifying the need for and developing new standards, good practice guidance and model contracts
  • monitors and reviews Health and Safety issues relating to historic environment practice
  • monitors and reviews issues relating to pay and conditions in historic environment practice

Contact a committee

All committees can be contacted using the details below:

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building
University of Reading

Tel: 0118 378 6446
E-mail: admin [at]

Chartered Institute for Archaeologists
Miller Building, University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AB

0118 378 6446
admin [at]