CIfA Governance: Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for managing the affairs of CIfA in accordance with the Charter, by-law and regulations, with the day to day running of CIfA carried out by the staff. The Board regularly consults with the Advisory Council on policy, strategy and potentially controversial decisions.

The Board is supported by two decision making committees responsible for applications for individual accreditation or Registered Organisations status. See our committees page for more information.

The Board of Directors usually meets six times per year, and in addition Board members will be invited to attend meetings of the Advisory Council. Meeting minutes are available on the members section of the website.

Our Board of Directors can be contacted on 

Ann Bevitt
Ann Bevitt
Lay Director

Ann Bevitt MA MSc is a lawyer with thirty years' experience working initially as a barrister and then as a solicitor. Ann is currently a partner in and board member of an international law firm. She specialises in employment law and data protection law. Ann graduated from Oxford University with an MA in Classics and recently completed a parti-time MSc in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. Ann has a keen amateur interest in classical archaeology.

Dave Bolton
Dave Bolton ACIfA

Dave Bolton BTech MSc MBA ACIfA (71) became a member of the former IFA in 1983 after digging over several years, taking a degree in Archaeological Science and working at the AM Lab in Geophys. He has been a board member, director and/or company secretary of a number of consultancy companies in process engineering, safety and environmental risk management, and technical and operational training; and most recently, product safety and compliance consultancy. Supporting the London Area Group as Hon Secretary since September 2016, he represented the LAG on Advisory Council and was co-opted as Hon. Treasurer in November 2018 and elected in 2019. He believes strongly in Archaeology as a profession while advocating the transferability of skills and ethics.

Penelope Foreman
Penelope Foreman PCIfA
Chair and Board EDI champion

Dr Penelope Foreman BSc PGCE PhD PCIfA works as a Senior Inclusive Heritage Advisor for Historic England, previously project manager for the British Museum, and Head of Community Archaeology at the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. After a first degree in archaeology from the University of York, they worked for over a decade in both education and the third sector, focusing on equality and diversity advocacy and accessibility, and returned to archaeology to research a PhD in Neolithic archaeology. They have been involved with CIfA since 2016, first on the Equality and Diversity SIG, and later with the Voluntary and Community archaeology SIG and Advisory Council. They are the equalities rep on the Prospect Historic England Branch executive committee and have a long history as a trade union rep and activist across Unison, NASUWT and UCU. Their passions are industrial heritage, socially engaged practice in archaeology, and creative engagements with the historic environment.

Pete Hinton
Pete Hinton MCIfA
Director, Staff - Chief Executive

Peter Hinton BA MCIfA FRSA FSA FSA Scot FIAL has been actively involved with CIfA since 1987. Before starting with CIfA in 1997, Pete worked for archaeological teams at the Museum of London. His role focuses on professional strategy and ethics, historic environment policy, and external relations with other professions, client-sector bodies and decision makers. By promoting the value and potential of archaeology we can make the changes necessary to increase our contribution to society. Pete can be contacted at peter.hinton [at], or you can email Anna Pardoe, Executive Assistant at anna.pardoe [at]

Alex Llewellyn
Alex Llewellyn MCIfA
Director, Staff - 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. Alex is also responsible for the internal communications including publication of The Archaeologist magazine. 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 on alex.llewellyn [at]

Dan Slatcher
Dan Slatcher MCIfA
Director with responsibility for Health and Safety

Dan Slatcher BA, MA, FSA MCIfA has been involved in archaeology for over 30 years. He has worked in both the public and private sectors and is currently a heritage consultant. Dan joined CIfA in 1999 and has been actively involved with CIfA committees since 2006, as a member and chair of VC and as a member of AC, as well as a board member. Dan’s primary interest lies in the archaeology of the period between roughly the end of the medieval period and now.

Joe Abrams BA MCIfA FSA
Director with responsibility for HR

Joe has worked in the commercial archaeology since the 1990s. Moving within the UK as a field archaeologist, and changing roles as he did so, Joe has managed teams in various different organisations. This has led to a variety of business development and people management roles with different teams. He has taken an interest in the mentoring of staff at all levels and this has included working with Project Managers and other Company Directors; helping them to implement systems for the management of teams and of the individuals from which those teams are made. He takes an active interest professional conduct and ethical behaviour within the context of our profession.

Rebecca Hunt MCIfA

Rebecca Hunt BA MA ACIfA had her interest in archaeology first confirmed when she volunteered with Aberdeen City Council Archaeological Unit nearly 20 years ago. She was tasked with assisting on various projects across a menagerie of archaeological disciplines, for which a particular highlight was excavating the medieval graves of St. Nicholas Kirk. Rebecca then went onto to study archaeology at the University of Birmingham where she became a Student Member of CIfA. Since then, Rebecca honed her skills on fixed term contracts and moved up through the career ladder from Site Assistant to Supervisor to Project Officer. She now manages and mentors archaeological teams of various sizes in the field on a variety of sites. She engages with archaeology both commercially and at a community level, volunteering as a leader for the Young Archaeologists Club and heading community projects within CFA Archaeology Ltd.