Head of Buildings
Julian has worked on medieval houses, castles, cathedrals, and country houses, and is interested both in the archaeology of buildings and the link between documentary history and extant remains of the past. With an interest in urban and rural landscapes, he has examined the relationship between places, their physical remains and written history, and has published numerous studies.
He often undertakes investigation and assessment of historic buildings and places for planning purposes, and has been involved in a series of Conservation Plans for national monuments (castles, country houses and cathedrals), for National Trust, English Heritage and others, and planning assessments of greater and lesser buildings of all types and periods.
Julian is involved in teaching and outreach activities, and is a frequent public speaker on many aspects of the historic environment. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), has often appeared as an expert witness at public inquiries and planning hearings. He is Chairman of the Chichester Cathedral Fabric Committee (FAC).
Rebecca Nicholson graduated with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and History from the University of York, followed by an MA in Environmental Archaeology and Palaeoeconomy (University of Sheffield) and a D.Phil (University of York). Her professional career started in the 1980s as a technician in the Environmental Archaeology Unit at the University of York, followed by employment as environmental archaeologist for a commercial archaeological unit in Newcastle and academic research posts at the Universities of York and Bradford. She joined Oxford Archaeology as Environmental Manager in 2005.
Rebecca is responsible for designing and co-ordinating the sampling programmes for OAS excavations and liaises with other specialists within and outside OA to ensure high academic standards and to provide an effective outcome for our clients. Her specialism is archaeozoology, particularly the study of fish remains and fishing through the ages, and she has worked on many assemblages mostly from England and Scotland. Rebecca also has an editorial role in other post-excavation projects.
She is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot), and member of the Association for Environmental Archaeology.
Rebecca (Becky) Peacock
Becky has worked for Oxford Archaeology as a Project Officer since 2013 and divides her time between running fieldwork projects and organising the outreach activities for the Oxford office. Most recently she worked on the outreach programme for the large Westgate Oxford development, which involved organising the popular Pop Up Museum, schools visits, open days and website.
Becky graduated with a BSc in Archaeology from Bournemouth University in 2002 and in 2000 with an HND in Practical Archaeology. She joined Oxford Archaeology in 2003 as a field archaeologist and became a supervisor in 2006. She worked on a variety of large archaeological projects, including industrial complexes in the south of Wales, the multiperiod East Kent Access Road scheme in Kent, and a WWII prisoner of war camp in Cherbourg, France. Becky worked for other archaeological companies from 2011, on a post-medieval cemetery clearance and a Environment Agency flood alleviation scheme near Chichester for Archaeology South-East, and then as a supervisor for Network Archaeology on a Mesolithic site near Gatwick airport. She is an Associate (ACIfA) of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Chief Business Officer
Dan has worked for OA since 1992, starting as a volunteer and working his way up the fieldwork ranks. He has extensive experience of project management and the pursuit of new contracts, gained from his years as a Senior Project Manager and then as head of the OA South Fieldwork and Contracts teams. As CBO, he is responsible for operations company-wide, ensuring quality and compliance across all OA projects. He also leads on business development.
Dan is also responsible for Health and Safety at OA. He is a Technical Member of the Institute of Safety and Health (IOSH). He is a Director of the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) and is its advisor on health and safety issues. Dan is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), and also regularly advises the organisation in health and safety matters, as well as being a member of its Registered Organisations Committee. Dan is closely involved in OA’s partnerships, particularly with Pre-Construct Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology, and leads on the COPA team bidding for work on Phase 1 of HS2.
Dan's main interest is in Anglo-Saxon archaeology and in particular the origins of Oxford. He is a member of the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society.
IT Project Manager
Tomasz has worked in IT since 2004. With a wide scope of experience in retail, management, mentoring and coaching as well as in technical support and client-orientated service, he is known to be an approachable and friendly colleague, with a keen sense of humour and an eye for detail.
Tomasz studied IT and business management at the University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz and proceeded to work in a fast upscale environment, assuring client satisfaction on IT solutions. After a six-year retail career, Tomasz has moved to the UK, where he focused more on technical support and client-orientated IT service.
Tomasz joined Oxford Archaeology in August 2013 and as an IT Project Manager, his role is to train and support OA’s field and office staff. He has also been involved in a production of architectural photography for Oxford Archaeology's buildings department.
In his free time, Tomasz loves the outdoors, photography and kayaking.
Head of Fieldwork
David has worked as a professional archaeologist for OA since graduating from Reading University in 1996 with a first class honours degree in Archaeology. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), and has managed a portfolio of diverse projects, which currently includes one of the largest urban regeneration developments in the country and a number of significant infrastructure schemes.
David has considerable project management experience in fieldwork, post-excavation and consultancy within a commercial environment and is a flexible and adaptable manager. An adept problem solver, often formulating new strategies for excavating and recording the archaeological evidence to satisfy client requirements, he is experienced at planning archaeological investigations to coincide with the work programmes of major development projects, and is particularly accomplished at liaising and working with clients and other contractors on site. David takes pride in completing the archaeological work to a high standard while bringing projects in on time and within budget.
Nicola (Nicky) Scott
Head of Archives
Nicola graduated from Durham University in 1989 with a BA(Hons) in Anthropology. She joined Oxford Archaeology in 1989, and as Head of Archives she is responsible for ensuring all museum liaison and deposition of archives arising from all our field projects. She is a committee member of Society for Museum Archaeologists and Archaeological Archives Forum.
Nicola has managed the structuring, cataloguing and deposition of over 2000 archives, including many from large and medium scale multi-period excavation and post-excavation projects. She has a good understanding of how archaeology relates to, and affects, other disciplines, and communicates well with county and national museums and public access archaeological archive repositories including digital libraries.
Nicola has contributed to development of national archaeological archive guidance and continues to promote the importance of archaeological archives through her work with SMA.
Ruth has worked for Oxford Archaeology since 2001 as a post-excavation Project Officer. As well as undertaking general post-excavation tasks, Ruth is Oxford Archaeology’s worked stone specialist, mainly working for the Oxford and Cambridge offices. She records, interprets and writes about worked stone objects of all periods and about Roman architectural stone. Ruth identifies the lithology of worked stone through thin section and hand specimen analysis. Ruth has applied these skills to the recording of standing buildings, including at the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace. Since 2008 Ruth has also worked as a Roman CBM specialist and is now training to record metal objects.
Ruth has a degree in Archaeology (1995) and a PhD in Archaeology and Geology (1998) from the University of Reading’s Archaeology Department and Postgraduate Research Institute for Sedimentology (PRIS). She is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA). Ruth’s speciality is the study of querns and millstones (the subject of her thesis) and she carries out research in her own time, publishing her results in local and national journals. Ruth is also the editor of a book on Prehistoric Worked Stone (‘Written in Stone’ 2017).
Elizabeth (Liz) Stafford
Head of Geoarchaeology
Elizabeth graduated from Cardiff University in 1994 with BA (Hons) in Archaeology. Following a period working as a field archaeologist for a number of commercial units in the north of England she joined OA in 1996. In 2000 Elizabeth undertook an MSc in geoarchaeology at the University of Reading. She currently manages Geoarchaeological Services at OA South, comprising a team of specialists whose activities include borehole and geophysical surveys with 3-D deposit modelling.
With a professional career spanning 20 years, Elizabeth has gained extensive experience in field, environmental archaeology and geoarchaeology. While working for OA, she has been involved in many developer-funded projects across the south, the Midlands, East Anglia and north-east England. She has worked on a range of multi-period sites, and has particular experience of prehistoric wetland archaeology.
Gerry joined Oxford Archaeology as an Archaeologist in 2000, after graduating from the University of Reading. Since gaining promotion to Senior Project Manager in early 2013, Gerry has managed projects as diverse as the excavations on the nationally important Upper Palaeolithic flint scatter site at Guildford fire station, and an industrial metal working site at Rogerstone, South Wales. Gerry has also managed numerous other excavations, evaluations, geophysical surveys and watching briefs. Gerry’s responsibilities include the day to day management of field work projects and liaison with clients, consultants, field staff, contractors and the media. He also undertakes the post-excavation analysis of sites. Additionally Gerry has considerable involvement with the Contracts Department, compiling tenders for a wide range of projects and clients.
He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).
Magdalena (Magda) Wachnik
Magdalena has an MA in archaeology, with a specialization in the conservation of archaeological relics, which was attained from Nicholaus Copernicus University in Poland. She produced high quality illustrations for this university for 6 years and for last 10 years for OA South Graphics Office.
Her duties cover a wide range of types of finds drawings from many archaeological periods. She has a keen interest in photography. This began with an extensive course in practical photography at Art School which has been extended through a further course at University. Her illustrations and photographs contribute to over 20 OA publications.
Since she become Graphics Office Manager, in addition to regular Archaeological Illustrator duties, Magdalena is supervising the daily work of the graphics team; interfacing with printers, typesetters, and project managers to facilitate production of various types of publication; and dealing with publication and copyright issues.
Head of Heritage Management Services
Ianto Wain has over 20 years' experience as a professional archaeologist and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA). He has extensive experience in heritage management and environmental impact assessment (EIA). He has completed numerous EIAs of large-scale infrastructure, housing, energy, commercial and linear projects, including West Coast Main Line, HS1, South-West Oxfordshire Reservoir, Merthyr Village, Exeter Science Park and road schemes including M1, M20, M25, M40 and A11. He also has Public Inquiry Expert Witness experience.
In addition to his EIA specialism he has a strong track record in historic landscape research and analysis, urban surveys, characterisation surveys and the preparation of management proposals for archaeological monuments. He has carried out condition and management surveys for a wide range of archaeological monuments including Stonehenge, Avebury World Heritage site and Maiden Castle. He managed and had significant input into the Oxford Archaeological Database (a major review of the archaeology of the historic city of Oxford) and has recently completed the management of a number of large-scale strategic policy reviews for English Heritage, a review of the use of Historic Landscape Characterisation in the Irish Republic for the Heritage Council of Ireland, and a review of potential cumulative impacts for the construction of offshore windfarms.
Head of Post-Excavation, OAS
Leo Webley completed his PhD research on the social archaeology of the household in Iron Age Denmark at the University of Cambridge in 2002. He then worked in development-led archaeology, first at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and then as a Senior Project Manager (post-excavation) for Oxford Archaeology. During this time, he was involved in the analysis and publication of numerous prehistoric sites in southern Britain.
In 2008 he was appointed as a research associate at the University of Reading for the project British and Irish prehistory in their European context. He joined the Tracing Networks team at the University of Leicester in 2012, before becoming a research associate at the University of Bristol.
Leo returned to Oxford Archaeology in 2016 as Head of Post-excavation for the Oxford office. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Chief Executive Officer
Ken has over 30 years' experience in professional archaeology and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA). After graduating in 1986 with a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science, Ken worked as a geologist before transferring to archaeology in 1988.
Since joining Oxford Archaeology in 1995, Ken has managed a wide range of archaeological projects and has particular experience in the management of complex mitigation schemes within large-scale infrastructure works, development of innovative and cost-effective approaches to archaeological mitigation, implementation of digital recording systems, databases and GIS analysis and the provision of archaeological planning advice.
From 2016, Ken was the Regional Manager for OA South, responsible for the successful operation of that office.
Ken is also a qualified Health and Safety Advisor and helps co-ordinate and implement health and safety policy at OA.