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.
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.
Edward Biddulph graduated with a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from UCL Institute of Archaeology in 1995, staying on to complete an MA in Archaeology in 1996. His professional career began as a field archaeologist in Bedfordshire, and he subsequently worked in Essex on the Roman pottery from Elms Farm, Heybridge. Edward joined Oxford Archaeology in 2001.
As a Senior Project Manager, Edward is responsible for setting up and managing post-excavation projects, and editing and delivering reports for clients and publication. Edward continues to work as a Roman pottery specialist, and has worked on many assemblages, most recently pottery from the Thameslink project and the Aylesbury Berryfields development. His research interests include samian ware, Roman cemeteries, and cultural evolution. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA), a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA), and a trustee of the Study Group for Roman Pottery.
Holding a BA in Archaeology and a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the University of Bristol, Louise has over 20 years' experience in the excavation and analysis of human remains from archaeological sites. As Head of Burials, Louise leads and manages a team dedicated to all aspects of burial archaeology, providing expert guidance, advice, consultancy and quality assurance on burial-related projects.
Louise directed the excavation and analysis of WWI mass graves in Fromelles, France and subsequently served on the Joint Australian and British Government identification board. She has contributed numerous osteology reports on assemblages both large and small and dating from prehistory to early modern, to publications, and has published on peri-mortem trauma. Louise is a member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA) and the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO), and is Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Reading.
Elizabeth (Liz) Stafford
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.
Matthew (Matt) Brudenell
Senior Project Manager
Matt holds a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of York. Matt has over 10 years professional experience in the archaeological sector in Eastern England, and has worked in a number of roles including field archaeologist, later prehistoric pottery specialist, researcher and curatorial archaeologist. His main area of interest is the later Bronze Age and Iron Age of Eastern England, on which he has published several papers and co-authored monographs. He is a committee member of the Prehistoric Ceramics Research Group and the Later Prehistoric Finds Group, and has acted as reader for East Anglian Archaeology.
As a Senior Project Manager with OA East, Matt is responsible for managing fieldwork and post-excavation projects across the eastern region.
Specialism: The later Bronze Age and Iron Age of Eastern England; later prehistoric pottery
Strategic Delivery Officer
Anne is a member of the Corporate Management Team of Oxford Archaeology. She works across the Group on strategic development, particularly in the areas of training, process improvement and post-excavation.
Anne graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in English, and after a first career in Human Resource Management, she took the post graduate Diploma in Archaeology at the university. She led OA South's post-excavation teams from 1999 until 2016, when she moved into her new Corporate Management role. During her time as Head of Post-Excavation she managed, edited and contributed to a number of OA's key publications on Oxford and the Thames Valley, including 'Oxford before the University' and the Thames through Time series.
Since 2012 Anne has also been working with Oxford University Department for External Studies at Rewley House to develop and deliver a comprehensive programme of Historic Environment training to address skills and capacity shortages in the wider sector. She also represents OA on the sector working group to develop Trailblazer apprenticeships for the historic environment and is member of the team producing the Historic Towns Atlas of Oxford.
Chris is a senior project manager in the post-excavation department at OA South. His responsibilities are focused on the management of the final stages of projects: assessment and analysis of the results of excavations, and publication of a final report. This role involves focusing resources as efficiently as possible upon both the needs of our clients and relevant academic research questions.
Chris has worked at OA for over 14 years on projects ranging from an early Neolithic long house in Kent to the world’s first purpose-built office building, Somerset House in London. He has special interests in the prehistoric period, especially the Neolithic and Bronze Age, and in the use of quantitative methods in post-excavation analysis.
Chris has a BSc from the Institute of Archaeology in London and a PhD from Cambridge. He has worked on numerous excavations in Britain, France, Germany, Malta and Peru, and lectured for two years at the University of California, Berkeley.
Paul has worked full-time in professional archaeology since the late 1980s and before that studied for a degree in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford and a PhD at Bournemouth (awarded 1990). He leads the management team at OA East, and has delivered that role since 2002, spanning the acquisition of that business by OA in 2008.
Paul has managed archaeological programmes of all kinds for more than twenty years, but specializes in medieval archaeology and urban landscapes. Paul is also a medieval pottery specialist and has published widely in this area and in the study of medieval landscapes and economy. He has also been involved with the teaching of archaeology in continuing education for many years, and formerly acted as external examiner for Madingley Hall, Cambridge.
Senior Project Manager
Dan Stansbie studied archaeology at Cardiff University as an undergraduate and went on to complete an MA in the European Iron Age, also at Cardiff. His first paid archaeological work was as a field archaeologist for Avon Archaeological Unit in Bristol during his undergraduate summer holidays. After leaving Cardiff he worked briefly for Cotswold Archaeology also digging in Bristol, before moving to Portsmouth to work for English Heritage as a stratigraphic analyst. From there he came to OA South in 2001 to work as a post-excavation Project Officer, working on a range of projects including Yarnton Iron Age and Roman, and Broughton/Brooklands, until 2012.
Since 2012 he has completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford as part of the English Landscapes and Identities Project (Englaid), working on regional variation in ceramics and food consumption in South-Eastern and Central England between the Middle Bronze Age and Domesday Book. Prior to returning to OA in 2020, he spent four years working for Cotswold Archaeology in Milton Keynes as a Post-Excavation Manager.
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