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. Alex can be contacted at
Anna Welch
Professional Development & Practice Coordinator
Anna Welch BA MA ACIfA started work for CIfA in October 2015. She assists the Standards Development Manager and is involved in promoting Continual Profession Development to members. Anna graduated from the University of Southampton with a BA in Archaeology and MA in Museums Studies. She was an archaeologist with Southampton Archaeology Unit for a number of years and has worked in Southampton’s Museums and Archives. A volunteer leader with Young Archaeologists’ Club she also arranges lecture programmes for Southampton’s Archaeology Society and Ancient Egypt Society. Anna has a wide of archaeological interests but is particularly keen on ceramics, lithics and the representation of archaeologists and museums in popular media. Anna can be contact at
Ed Ardill
Administrative Assistant
Ed Ardill provides support to CIfA staff through carrying out various administrative duties to ensure smooth running of the office. Contact if you need to make changes to your details or have any other general administrative queries.
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 at for invoice queries on the sales and purchase ledger and any expenses claims.
Kate Geary
Head of Professional Development and Practice
Kate Geary BA MCIfA is responsible for strategic matters relating to professional development and the historic environment, including training, CPD, qualifications and for professional practice issues and policy. She started working for CIfA in January 2005, moving to her current role in 2017. 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. Kate can be contacted at
Kerry Wiggins
Senior Membership Services Coordinator
Kerry Wiggns BA MA, joined CIfA in January 2017 as one of our Senior Membership Services Coordinator and is involved in the support, development and maintenance of the CIfA Registered Organisations scheme. Kerry is responsible for supporting, helping and advising new applicants and coordinating the ongoing process of inspection in order to review compliance of existing organisations. She is also actively involved in the CIfA's Special Interest Groups. Kerry has a degree in Archaeology from Leicester University and worked as a Field Archaeologist for local councils and the Department of the Environment (DoE) for five years before moving into Third Sector Management and ultimately the Careers Service where she gained an MA in Guidance. As a Careers Adviser she worked initially as a researcher and subsequently on commercial contracts providing Advice and Guidance to unemployed adults and career changers. She has been an active member of previous professional membership organisations and is also a trained Trade Union workplace representative. Contact if you have a query about joining the Registered Organisations scheme, to check progress on your organisational application or to contribute to our regular eBulletin.
Laura Beasley
Office and Subscriptions Coordinator
Laura Beasley joined CIfA in April 2012 as a part-time Administration Assistant. In July 2012 Laura started her full-time role as our Administration and Subscriptions Assistant. She then went on to become Office and Subscriptions Administrator in 2013 and was appointed to be our Office and Subscriptions Coordinator in 2015. Laura is also now the line manager to CIfA's Administrative Assistant. Laura coordinates the general administration tasks and the day-to-day running of the office and is on the CIfA Health and Safety committee. Her main role is to co-ordinate the annual cycle of subscriptions - including the sending of subscription renewals, reminders and processing payments. Contact Laura on for any subscription queries.
Lianne Birney
Senior Membership Services Coordinator
Lianne Birney BA MCIfA joined CIfA in August 2012 and was promoted to Senior in August 2016. She has a degree in Archaeology from Winchester and maintained her interest over the years whilst working in various companies in Insurance and at Colleges, giving her a wide range of skills and knowledge. Lianne’s main responsibilities are managing the Validation process and working with our Special Interest and Area Groups. She also supports the senior management team. If you are interested in applying to be a member of CIfA contact
Lynne Bevan
JIST 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 a job advert with our Jobs Information Service and can be contacted at
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. Peter can be contacted at, or you can email Anna Pardoe, Executive Assistant at
Rob Lennox
Policy Advisor
Rob Lennox BSc (Econ) MA PhD ACIfA MCIPR, assists in advising on the development and communication of CIfA policy and in carrying out the Institute's advocacy function, within and beyond the historic environment sector. He holds a PhD entitled 'Heritage and politics in the public value era: An analysis of the historic environment sector, public, and state in England since 1997' and is now a research associate at the University of York. Rob has particular interests in place-making, landscape, and in values shared between cultural and natural heritages. You can contact Rob at
Tim Howard
Senior Policy Advisor
Tim Howard LLB, Dip Prof Arch, is CIfA’s Senior Policy Advisor, responsible for advising on the development of CIfA 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. Tim can be contacted at

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