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 

Stephen Carter
Stephen Carter MCIfA

Stephen Carter BSc PhD MCIfA FSA Scot first got involved in archaeology through excavation, experiencing the excitement of working on deep waterlogged deposits in York and remarkable prehistoric sites in Orkney. In the early part of his professional career, he specialised in geoarchaeology, based on academic training in physical geography and botany followed by doctoral research in environmental archaeology. He was one of the founder directors of Headland Archaeology in 1996 and, since 2008, has continued to work as a consultant for the company. This change in role coincided with a move away from geoarchaeology and he now works on cultural heritage impact assessment, with a particular interest in setting. Outside of his employment in commercial archaeology, Stephen has a long-term interest in how the wider historic environment sector functions. This has led him to take on various voluntary positions over the past 20 years including roles in Archaeology Scotland, CBA and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland as well as committees and groups within CIfA.

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.

Victoria Bryant MCIfA
Director with responsibility for HR

Victoria has worked as an archaeologist in many roles from Site Assistant to County Archaeologist via years as a Finds Specialist and running an HER. For the past 10 years she has had the privilege to lead an integrated archive and archaeology service in Worcestershire. She retired from this post last year but continues to engage with archaeological and community organisations as she is passionate about the positive social and economic effects on individuals, communities and organisations that come from engaging with history and landscape. Victoria joined CIFA in the 1980s and has been involved in a variety of special interest groups and committees since then.

Penelope Foreman
Penelope Foreman PCIfA
Director and Board EDI champion

Dr Penelope Foreman BSc PGCE PhD PCIfA works as a project manager for the British Museum's Learning and National Partnerships team, and was previously the head of  community archaeology at the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. After a first degree in archaeology from the University of York, she worked in both education and the third sector, focusing on equality and diversity advocacy and accessibility. She has 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. She is the equalities rep on the Prospect British Museum Branch executive committee and has a long history as a trade union rep and activist across Unison, NASUWT and UCU. Her 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]

Esther Robinson Wild
Esther Robinson Wild ACIfA

Esther Robinson Wild BA (Hons) PgDip MA ACIfA AIPM is a member of the Board and Treasurer of the Buildings Archaeology Special Interest Group. Esther is a Historic Environment Consultant with experience of working on a wide range of projects in all areas of the historic environment. Esther’s first degree was in Egyptian Archaeology and she has a MA in the Archaeology of Buildings from the University of York where she is also a Research Associate in the Department of Archaeology. Her special enthusiasms are advocacy and promoting collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to working within the historic environment.

Deborah Seddon
Deborah Seddon
Lay Director

Deborah Seddon BSc Hons, MA has twenty years’ experience of working in UK professional and regulatory bodies and is currently Regulatory Affairs Manager at the Engineering Council. Previous roles were in teaching and communications. Her current and past responsibilities include professional standards of competence and commitment, CPD, HE accreditation, governance, ethics, sustainability and security. Deborah has a range of Board level and external committee experience including as a lay member of the Intellectual Property Regulatory Board (IPReg), advisor to the DCMS-led establishment of the Cyber Security Council, and HE committees including the OfS Teaching Excellence Panel. Her particular professional interests are: ensuring public confidence in professions through transparency, openness and good governance; quality; and professions adapting to meet evolving needs and challenges.

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 (co-opted)

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.