Meet our full and part-time staff.

Dr Simon Gilmour MA(Hons) PhD FSA Scot MCIfA


Dr Simon Gilmour Copyright: Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Dr Simon Gilmour

I am fascinated by the Iron Age of the Atlantic seaboard, and particularly the brochs of Scotland and the places where people lived for centuries after, completing a PhD on the topic from Edinburgh University.

I left heritage to project manage the construction of a contemporary Mews building in Glasgow that was awarded a “special mention” by the Saltire Society, and a private residence in Argyll.  I returned when I took up my present post as Director of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in March 2007.  I have been a Visiting Fellow of the University Campus Suffolk Business School, an Honorary Secretary and then Vice President of Archaeology Scotland and was a Director and Vice Chair of BEFS, the Built Environment Forum Scotland.

Contact me about: organisational matters, projects/partnerships, local, national or international issues, heritage strategy
Favourite heritage: Sunhoney recumbent stone circle in Aberdeenshire (NJ70NW 55)

Catherine Aitken

Catherine Aitken

Catherine Aitken BA

Managing Editor

Catherine joined the Society’s Publications team in August 2016. She studied History and French at Durham University, and prior to joining the Society worked on the Medieval and Early Modern History list at Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Contact me about: publications (including Proceedings and SAIR), book proposals and Open Access.
Favourite heritage:  Giant’s Graves Chambered Cairns, Isle of Arran

Charlotte Whiting MA

Publications Officer

Charlotte joined the Society in October 2017 and is the newest member of the Publications team. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in French and English Literature, and previously worked on both fiction and non-fiction titles for a small independent Scottish publisher.

Contact me about: Publications (submissions, reviews, and revisions), copyright permissions, and our online bookshop.
Favourite heritage: Petra, Jordan and Iona Abbey

Jacqui Clabby BA

Jacqui Clabby

Jacqui Clabby

Office Manager

Jacqui joined the Society in March 2006 after completing a part-time degree in Archaeology and Classics. Previously she worked in Edinburgh University Computing Service.

Jacqui works Monday to Wednesday each week.

Contact me about: General enquiries, applications, Fellowship database, website
Favourite heritage: Midhowe, Rousay, Orkney


Jan Paterson

Jan Paterson

Jan Paterson

Finance Manager

Jan joined the Society staff in April 2007.  She deals with day-to-day financial matters and Fellowship subscriptions.

Jan works Monday to Thursday to 3pm each week.

Contact me about: Subscription payments, finance
Favourite heritage: Carragh An Tarbet, Gigha


Andrea Kaszewski staff photo

Andrea Kaszewski

Andrea Kaszewski BSc(Hons) MSc

Fellowship and Development Manager

Andrea joined the Society in June 2016 to manage Fellowship and fundraising programmes and promote the work of the Society.

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh (BSc in Geology) and then Imperial College Andrea worked in both the private and voluntary sectors in London and Edinburgh on energy and climate policy and partnerships, through to business development, company sponsorship and trusts fundraising.

Alongside full-time work Andrea studied Latin at the CityLit in London, attended public lectures at the London School of Economics (LSE), Royal Society, Natural History Museum and British Museum.

Contact me about: Society Fellowship, funding and sponsorship.
Favourite heritage: A very difficult question to answer but the Neolithic on OrkneyEdinburgh’s Old Town and Minoan history on Crete spring to mind.

Helen Spencer MA FSA Scot AMA

ScARF Project Manager

Helen joined as ScARF Project manager in June 2018. She graduated in Archaeological Sciences from Bradford University before going on to study Conservation of Historic Objects and Archaeology at Durham University. She worked at National Museums Scotland first as a conservator and then as Collections Care Manager before leaving in 2012 to become a freelance Museum Consultant. She is currently completing PhD research at Heriot Watt University investigating Scottish medieval and post- medieval window glass.

Contact me about: The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework,
Favourite heritage: I love ruined medieval buildings such as Dryburgh Abbey and St Andrews Cathedral

Anna MacQuarrie MA(Hons)


Anna MacQuarrie

ScARF Museums Officer

Anna started with the Society in June 2016 as the ScARF Museums Officer, after training as an archaeologist and working with various museum and heritage organisations across the Hebrides and central Scotland.

Anna is the current Scottish Representative for the Society for Museum Archaeology. She is also a Curator with Museums & Galleries Edinburgh.

Contact me about: Museums collections in relation to the The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework
Favourite heritage: Finlaggan, Islay and Portmahomack

Dr Jeff Sanders MA PhD FSA Scot

Dr Jeff Sanders

Dr Jeff Sanders

Dig It! 2017 Project Manager

Jeff joined the Society staff in April 2008 as Project Manager for the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF). He graduated with a PhD in archaeology in the summer of 2007 from Edinburgh University. In 2013 he was appointed to deliver Dig It! 2015 which has since grown to become Dig It! 2017, an integral part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, jointly co-ordinated with Archaeology Scotland.

Contact me about: Dig It! 2017
Favourite heritage: Kilmartin Glen, Argyll

Julianne McGraw BA MSc

Julianne McGraw

Julianne McGraw

Dig It! 2017 Communications and Administration Officer

Julianne joined the team in June 2014. Once she graduated from the University of Toronto in 2011, she moved to Scotland to study Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh. Julianne then interned with the National Trust, worked with a small fair trade company and volunteered with various heritage organisations before joining in with the Dig It! 2015 celebrations, and now the evolved Dig It! 2017 fun.

Contact me about: Dig It! 2017
Favourite heritage: Linlithgow Palace


Rebecca Boyde

Rebecca Boyde

Rebecca is our Youth Engagement Officer on the Dig It! 2017 team. She is on secondment from Archaeology Scotland, where she is also the Youth Engagement Officer.  Rebecca is passionate about opening up positive choices for young people through youth engagement practices.

She loves to learn, inspire others – and to get people together to chat! Putting all this together, Rebecca founded and coordinates the Scottish Learning Group, as part of her role with Dig It! 2017. A keen Montessorian, Rebecca is the Heritage Officer at the Edinburgh Montessori Art School. Rebecca studies as a Montessori secondary school teacher in her spare time. This is the perfect compliment to her heritage youth engagement role, as both focus on providing platforms for spontaneous, youth-led, peer-to-peer learning.

Originally from Canada, Rebecca has lived in Scotland for many years. She is both a heritage learning specialist and trained archaeologist. Rebecca has an MSc (w Distinction) in Scientific Archaeology from the University of Bradford. She also became a member of the Golden Key Society with a BA (High Hons) in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from University of Saskatchewan.

Rebecca is easy to spot, as she always wears her pink Dig It! 2017 t-shirt!

Contact me about: Dig It! Education activity and resources
Favourite heritage: Scottish tenementsNew Lanark, and Skara Brae

Alison Rae

Alison Rae

Alison Rae

Publications Production Manager

Alison Rae has worked in the publishing industry for over 15 years in editorial, marketing and production. She has been freelance since 2002 and works for Polygon, where she is managing editor, Canongate and the University of Edinburgh. Alison has worked with the Society since November 2002.

Alison works on a freelance basis.


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