CIfA committees

The Institute is a democratic membership organisation which is run by an elected Board of Directors and supported by an Advisory Council made up of CIfA members. Some processes of the Board are delegated to various committees which are also made up of CIfA members who volunteer their time - see below. The dates of committee meetings (along with other CIfA activities) can be found on the events calendar.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) committee

Cathie Draycott (Chair)
To support the Board of Directors in delivering its strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion, and to deliver at least one event per year relevant to the EDI strategy and/or policy, potentially in collaboration with other organisations.

Find out more about the EDI committee here.

Validation committee

Lisa Brown (Chair)
Assess all applications for accreditation and advises the Board of Directors concerning the development of the Validation process for membership of the institute and generally on validation processes and procedures.
If you are interested in joining this committee and would like to observe a meeting please email lianne.birney [at]

Registration Committee (Organisations)

Mike Heyworth (Chair)
Processes applications for registration and advises the Board of Directors on the development of the Registered Organisations scheme.
If you are interested in joining this committee or going on an inspection please email kerry.wiggins [at]

Accredited Degree committee

Determines applications for accreditation of degree programmes. The purpose of this is to recognise academic programmes, or pathways through programmes, which equip students with appropriate skills relevant to a career in the historic environment and provide the opportunity to acquire competence at Practitioner (PCIfA) level.