Laura Beasley joined the IfA in May 2012 as a part-time Administration Assistant. In July 2012 Laura started her full-time role as our Administration and Subscriptions Assistant. She is responsible for administering the IfA member’s database with member’s details and assisting with the setting up and collection of Subscriptions. Laura is the first point of contact for admin and subscription queries and also assists with new membership applications.
The IfA has a small permanent staff who undertake a broad range of tasks in conjunction with the committees and Council to carry out the Institute’s programme of work.
Lynne Bevan BA, MPhil, PhD, MIfA, has worked part-time since 1991 as Compiler of the Jobs Information Service bulletin. Lynne also works as an independent finds researcher, specialising in the analysis of Post-Palaeolithic flint assemblages and small finds dating from the Iron Age up to, and including, finds from the Roman, Medieval and Post-Medieval periods, as well as later finds from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her PhD was on the prehistoric rock art of Valcamonica, Northern Italy and she remains active in the study of European rock art from a gendered perspective. Lynne is IfA’s principle contact for those wishing to place an job advert with our Jobs Information Service.
Lianne Birney BA joined the IfA in August 2012. She has a degree in Archaeology from Winchester and maintained her interest over the years whilst working in various companies in Insurance and at Reading College, giving her a wide range of skills and knowledge. Lianne’s main responsibilities are helping new members through the Validation process and working with our NVQ candidates. She also supports IfA’s Special Interest and Area Groups. If you are interesting in applying to be a member of the IfA, or are thinking about an NVQ in archaeology, Lianne would be your first point of call.
Andrea Bradley, MA MIfA has manages the Workplace Learning Programme with placements funded by the HLF or at English Heritage. Andrea has worked in field archaeology and heritage consultancy for over 10 years. As a field archaeologist she ran training excavations for the British Museum and Birkbeck University of London. As a consultant at Atkins Ltd, Andrea managed the archaeological issues on major infrastructure and development projects, strategic heritage planning work overseas, and research into the archaeology of the 20th century for English Heritage. She is a tutor for the University of Reading School of Continuing Education.
Kirsten Collins, BA MA joined the IfA in September 2008. She is responsible for effectively developing and maintaining procedures and processes to measure compliance with IfA by-laws, standards and requirements, for maintaining appropriate records, and for developing and maintaining support and systems for IfA. She has previously worked as Client Support Team Manager at MoLAS, and as Regional Loss Prevention & Health & Safety Manager for Borders/ Books etc where she received commendations from a Crown Court Judge and the Commissioner of the City of London Police.
Raksha Dave is the Development Coordinator for the IfA and is responsible for developing and promoting the Chartered Institute and the implementation of the associated changes to the governance structure of the organisation. Raksha has over 15 years experience as a field and public archaeologist, working and managing sites within the commercial and research sectors in the UK and abroad. Most notably she spent 10 years as a presenter and senior archaeologist on the popular TV programme Time Team. Other experience includes working for local government developing outreach and community services, advocacy work with the CBA and Young Archaeologists Club as well as training numerous students and volunteers in the lost art of field archaeology. You can also follow Raksha via Twitter on @Raksha_Digs
Amanda oversees all external communications, raises awareness of the organisation and promotes the vital work of its members and Registered Organisations both within and outside of the heritage sector, as well as to Government. She previously worked as Post Excavation Manager at Birmingham Archaeology, University of Birmingham, where she also managed the postgraduate programme in Practical Archaeology. Amanda has an active interest in the medieval period, especially in Scotland, the Northern Isles and Scandinavia. She has published work on the identification and use of soapstone objects in the Viking North Atlantic and is the current Web Officer for the Society of Medieval Archaeology.
Kate Geary BA, MIfA is responsible for effectively researching, document and developing best practice and professional standards for historic environment professionals. She started working for IfA in January 2005. Her background is in curatorial archaeology in north Wales and at Devon County Council. She has been involved with the Young Archaeologists Club, Prospect and development of a research agenda for Welsh archaeology. Her main interests are the archaeology of upland landscapes, especially north-west Wales, and making archaeology accessible to a wide audience.
Peter Hinton BA, MIfA, FRSA, FSA, FIAM, is IfA’s Chief Executive. Before starting with IfA in 1997 Peter worked for the Museum of London, originally as a volunteer excavator and later as a senior manager responsible for post-excavation processes (finds, environmental, illustration and publication work). Formerly an IPMS representative, he has been actively involved with IfA since 1987. His special enthusiasms include raising the profile of archaeology, especially with other professions and with politicians.
Tim Howard LLB, Dip Prof Arch, is IfA’s policy advisor, responsible for advising on the development of IfA policy and assisting the Chief Executive in carrying out the Institute’s advocacy function, within and beyond the historic environment sector. He started work in 2005 following a placement with IfA as a student. Prior to that he practised as a lawyer for over 20 years.
Alex Llewellyn BSc, MIfA, head of governance and finance assist the Chief Executive in implementing the strategic plan through the development and oversight of the annual business plan and the effective management of IfA resources. She advises on and manages the effective governance of IfA in order to meet legal, constitutional and organisational requirements. She took a degree in heritage conservation and archaeological conservation and began work with IfA in 1998, moving to her present job in October 2001.
Jen Parker Wooding joined the IfA in August 2013 as a Membership Services Coordinator. She has previously worked as a site assistant on a variety of commercial and research excavations in the UK and further afield, in addition to working as a contract zooarchaeologist. She completed both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (most recently a PhD) at the University of Bradford, where she specialised in the identification and recording of disease in archaeological faunal remains. Jen is responsible for supporting our Registered Organisations, helping and advising new applicants as well as existing organisations. She is also actively involved in the IfA’s Special Interest Groups. Contact Jen if you are considering registering your organisation with IfA.
Jane is our Finance and Administrative Assistant, working with the Head of Governance and Finance. Jane is responsible for processing income and expenditure, raising invoices and dealing with other general financial matters. Contact Jane for invoice queries on the sales and purchase ledger and any expenses claims.