Meet the members of the new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee

In November 2021, the Board of Directors appointed member volunteers to the newly established Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee. 

The purpose of the EDI committee is to support the Board of Directors in delivering its strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion.  You can find out more about this on your equality, diversity and inclusion webpages.

The committee has got off to a flying start and already met online three times. We have been focusing on identifying the top priority areas for the Board’s strategy including areas for training and resources; there is a huge amount to do and its is important that we can provide a focus.

Below are some short introductory bios for Lu, Nicola, Catherine, Penelope and Sarahjayne. We are also hosting a ‘meet the committee’ evening online tea break on Thursday 24 March at 6pm where the committee are keen to introduce themselves ‘in-person’ and learn more about what your thoughts are on EDI priorities and talk about the work this committee will be doing.

Unfortunately, Adam has a change in role and has had to step down from his committee role. We therefore have a vacancy for a CIfA accredited volunteer. If you are interested in standing for election, please find out more on the committee webpage. We are very keen to ensure as wider representation on the committee as possible and would encourage applications from accredited members who meet the requirements.

Lu Stanton-Greenwood BA MA (she/her)

I am a student of Archaeology with the University of Leicester, and an alumna of Nottingham Trent University. I currently work in the third sector as a data modeller, with the intent of changing career direction into archaeology when my degree is complete. 

I am an administrator for British Archaeological Jobs and Resources, co-founder of InterSectional Archaeology, a member of the Dig For Archaeology team and can be found volunteering in Wales and Scotland.

Nicola Powell BA, MA, MCIfA (she/her)

As well as working for The Open University where I'm responsible for the training and wellbeing of student volunteers, I run an archaeological consultancy where I supply registered finds, training, research and project management services to units working on infrastructure projects.

In my day-to-day role with the Students Association, I sit on our EDI Working Group where I instigated a successful volunteer EDI conference with student and external speakers. This has led to our popular Student Insights programme of events that draw on lived experience to educate and encourage an equitable and inclusive culture amongst the diverse population of OU students and student volunteers. 

In my spare time I sit as a Director, Trustee and member of the Theatre Board at The Stables, Wavendon, bringing volunteer training experience. 

Catherine M. Draycott, BFA, MPhil, DPhil

I am an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University, where I lecture on material and visual regionalism, and diverse identities of the ancient Mediterranean and Anatolia. I currently serve as chair of the departmental EDI Committee and Athena SWAN self-assessment team, and as the departmental Disability Representative. I have conducted research and outreach work on racial disparity in archaeology, and am hoping to make an impact on the demographics of archaeology through the CIfA EDI Committee.

Dr Penelope Foreman BSc PGCE PhD PCIfA (she/they)

I am the head of community archaeology and engagement at the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, based in mid Wales. I work with communities to co-produce archaeology and heritage projects, develop accessible and engaging volunteer opportunities, and create resources for schools and other educational institutions to make archaeology engaging, relevant, inclusive, and fun. 

I sit on the CIfA Board of Directors, and act as the Board Champion for the CIfA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Standing Committee. I am also the LGBT officer and Wales rep for the Prospect Union Archaeology Branch. I am chair of the Offa's Dyke Association and a trustee for the National Coal Mining Museum for England. I split my time between Wales and Yorkshire, and work with volunteer and grassroots organisations on heritage engagement and tackling inequality of access in both regions. 

Sarahjayne Clements BA MA ACIfA Doctoral Candidate

I work as an Advisory Services Archaeologist in Wales, undertaking work in Heritage Management and the HER (Historic Environment Record). Alongside my job I am also undertaking a professional Doctorate at the University of Hertfordshire, where I am researching disability inclusion in archaeology.

I am currently on the CIfA Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee and am an Advisory Council member as well as being on the committee of the Enabled Archaeology Foundation. You can find out more about me here.