Chief Executive Officer
Gill has worked for Oxford Archaeology since 1986, as a field officer and senior project manager at OA South, Regional Manager at OA North, and now as Chief Executive Officer. She has over 30 years’ experience of a variety archaeological projects of many periods, undertaken in the United Kingdom and overseas, and has a particular research interest in British Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement and landscape. She has considerable experience of project management, post-excavation programmes, publication and consultancy work, including EIAs, large tenders and acting as an expert witness.
Gill has a degree in History and Archaeology from the University of Reading and a PhD from University College London. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA). Gill is also a Trustee of the Rollright Trust, a Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford, and an Honorary Research Associate of the University of Oxford School of Archaeology.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Simon unusually combines his extensive archaeological experience (graduating in Archaeology from Reading University in 1977) with his later training as a Chartered Management Accountant (qualified ACMA in 2004). He has been involved in managing archaeological organisations at a senior level for over twenty years, covering all aspects: finance, HR, IT and general administration.
Prior to taking on these non-archaeological roles, Simon was employed as a Senior Project Manager, directing major archaeological excavations and heritage management projects within the Oxford region.
Simon balances the important commercial needs of a modern organisation with a deep understanding of the passion and pursuit of archaeology within the Charity sector.
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 as a Senior Project Manager is responsible for managing 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.
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.
Rachel graduated from the University of Durham with a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology and has worked in the North West for more than 30 years, during that time gaining a wealth of knowledge about the archaeology of the region. She acts as Senior Executive Officer: Research and Publications at OA North, in which role she oversees the post-excavation programme from post-excavation assessments through to publications. From its instigation, she has been the Series Editor for the Lancaster Imprints monographs and has overseen the development of the Greater Manchester’s Past Revealed series. She also has an overview of community and research project undertaken by the office.
Rachel has a deep commitment to the archaeology of the region, with a specialism in the early medieval period. She acted as period coordinator for this during the compilation of the North West Regional Archaeological Research Framework, working also as a member of its steering group. She was also a member of the steering group for the Hadrian’s Wall Research Framework, and has acted as a committee member for the last two Hadrian’s Wall Pilgrimages and also the 2019 event, and the International Limes Congress, held in Newcastle in 2009. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, President of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society, and Trustee of both the Senhouse Museum Trust and the Mouswald Trust, as well as being active in other local societies.
Elizabeth (Liz) Popescu
Head of Post-Excavation and Publications
Liz oversees the post-excavation research and publications function at OA East. Her job is to manage all aspects of post-excavation work, including the finds, environmental and graphics teams. She also edits all of the academic and popular publications produced by the Cambridge team, ensuring that the highest academic standards are maintained and that projects are delivered on time to clients.
Liz graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and has a PhD from the University of East Anglia. She has considerable experience in managing complex projects and specialises in urban Late Saxon and medieval archaeology, with particular interest in castle and cemetery studies. She continues to excavate abroad and has worked extensively in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Holding a BA in Archaeology from the University of Bristol, an MA from UCL Institute of Archaeology, and a PhD from Cambridge University, Alan has over 30 years' experience in professional archaeology in the UK and abroad. As Operations Manager Alan has responsibility for co-ordinating operations at OA North, and acts as the initial point of contact for commercial clients at that office.
A Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), he is committed to improving practice at OA North, while focussing on providing a cost-effective service for the wide variety of clients that we deal with. As a project manager Alan has run and co-ordinated some of OA North’s most complex projects including the A1(M) Darrington to Dishforth DBFO Road Scheme.
Deputy Regional Manager
Stephen has over 30 years' experience in British, French and North American archaeology. He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Prehistory and Archaeology and has an MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums from the University of Cambridge.
He is a leading proponent of Public Archaeology and has the responsibility for the education and outreach projects across Oxford Archaeology, managing the Oxford Archaeology Outreach service. Stephen has considerable experience in successfully obtaining grant aid for this type of heritage project.
He has extensive experience in project management, contracts and the heritage sector in general. Stephen is a Heritage Management and Roman specialist, and continues to pursue research projects in these areas, predominately but not solely in the Eastern Region. Stephen is a full Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), a member of the Council for British Archaeology (East) and sits on the council of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society.