CIfA staff

See below for a list of CIfA staff and their roles and responsibilities.

Alex Llewellyn
Head of Governance and Finance
Alex Llewellyn BSc MCIfA, assists the Chief Executive in implementing the strategic plan through the development and oversight of the annual business plan and the effective management of CIfA resources. She advises on and manages the effective governance of CIfA in order to meet legal, constitutional and organisational requirements. She took a degree in heritage conservation and archaeological conservation and began work with CIfA in 1998, moving to her present job in October 2001.
Amanda Forster
Standards Promotion Manager
Amanda Forster BSc PhD MCIfA FSA Scot 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.
Jane Tucker
Finance and Administrative Assistant
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.
Jen Parker Wooding
Membership Services Coordinator
Jen Parker Wooding BSc MSc PhD ACIfA joined CIfA 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 CIfA’s Special Interest Groups. Contact Jen if you are considering registering your organisation with CIfA.
John Lord
Standards Compliance Manager
John Lord BSc MSc MCIfA is responsible for managing CIfA systems for measuring applicants, members’ and Registered Organisations compliance with membership criteria, including CIfA standards and guidance and regulations. John has wide experience of the historic environment sector, having worked at a senior level at a multi-disciplinary consultancy, in local authority and for English Heritage. John’s historic environment interests include landscape archaeology, in particular methodologies for placing sites within their wider landscape setting to strengthen our understanding of linkages between sites and how an understanding of inherited character can help to enhance landscapes through the management of change.
Kate Geary
Standards Development Manager
Kate Geary BA MCIfA is responsible for effectively researching, document and developing best practice and professional standards for historic environment professionals. She started working for CIfA 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.
Laura Beasley
Administration and Subscriptions Assistant
Laura Beasley joined CIfA 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 CIfA 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.
Lianne Birney
Membership Services Coordinator
Lianne Birney BA PCIfA joined CIfA 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 CIfA's Special Interest and Area Groups. If you are interesting in applying to be a member of CIfA, or are thinking about an NVQ in archaeology, Lianne would be your first point of call.
Lynne Bevan
JIS Bulletin Compiler
Lynne Bevan BA MPhil PhD MCIfA, has worked part-time since 1991 as Compiler of the Jobs Information Service and Training 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 CIfA’s principle contact for those wishing to place an job advert with our Jobs Information Service.
Peter Hinton
Chief Executive
Peter Hinton BA MCIfA FRSA FSA FSA Scot FIAM is CIfA’s Chief Executive. Before starting with CIfA 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 CIfA since 1987. His special enthusiasms include raising the profile of archaeology, especially with other professions and with politicians.
Raksha Dave
Development Coordinator
Raksha Dave is the Development Coordinator for CIfA 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.
Tim Howard
Senior Policy Advisor
Tim Howard LLB, Dip Prof Arch, is CIfA’s Senior 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 CIfA as a student. Prior to that he practised as a lawyer for over 20 years.

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