Christopher (Chris) Thatcher
Senior Project Manager
Chris has a BA in Archaeology from the University of Reading. He worked for a number of commercial units in East Anglia and London before joining Oxford Archaeology East (then CCC AFU) in 2006.
As a Project Officer, Chris directed a wide range of fieldwork projects on sites around the region, including numerous sites in medieval Huntingdon and broadacre evaluations and excavation ahead of housing development in Cambourne, South Cambridgeshire. He has produced a large number of reports on excavated sites and is a grey literature sub-editor for OA East. Chris edited the Cambridgeshire Extensive Urban Survey Reports, and has completed a Rapid Assessment Report for English Heritage's National Importance Programme Project.
Senior Project Manager
Adam has nearly 20 years' experience in professional archaeology in Britain. After starting as a commercial field archaeologist he graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2001 with a First Class BA in Archaeology and Prehistory, followed by an MA in European Prehistory at the University of Wales, Cardiff, and then undertook research into middle Neolithic pottery at Sheffield University, gaining his PhD in 2013.
Adam is an experienced archaeologist, having worked at multiple commercial companies including PCA, MOLAS, and ARCUS, and then as a Project Officer at Oxford Archaeology North. His portfolio as a project manager includes a large landscape project at Newark, medieval excavations at Carlisle Cathedral and post-medieval and industrial sites near Manchester. He has undertaken post-excavation work, including specialist analysis and report production relating to prehistoric pottery, and has contributed to several peer review articles in this capacity.
Adam is in the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (ACIfA) and a member of both the Prehistoric Society and Prehistoric Ceramic Research Group.
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.
A graduate of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where he obtained a BA (Hons) in archaeology, John has worked as a professional archaeologist for nearly 30 years, becoming a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA) in 1987. A highly experienced fieldwork director and post-excavation researcher, John spent much of his early career working in historic urban environments, where he gained considerable expertise in the excavation of highly complex archaeology, including internationally significant waterlogged deposits.
John is vastly experienced in the excavation, recording and interpretation of multi-period archaeological remains, though his principal research interests lie in the archaeology of the Roman army and the development of urbanism in Britain. Since joining OA North in 2001, he has established a reputation as a leading expert on the Roman period in northern England, and has developed a strong track record of post-excavation analysis and publication. John has authored a wide range of archaeological reports, including substantial monographs presenting the results of large-scale urban excavations he directed at Winchester and Carlisle.