Meet our full and part-time staff.

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Dr Simon Gilmour MA(Hons) PhD FSAScot MCIfA


Headshot photograph of Dr Simon Gilmour

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: the administration and management of the Society, projects, partnerships/collaboration, local, national or international issues, heritage strategy
Favourite heritage: Sunhoney recumbent stone circle in Aberdeenshire (NJ70NW 55)

Adela Rauchova

Adela Rauchova

Adela Rauchova MA

Managing Editor

Adela joined the Society’s team in August 2019. She studied Publishing and Book History at Leiden University, and prior to joining the Society commissioned books for an academic publisher in Edinburgh.

Contact me about: Publications (Proceedings, SAIR and books) and open access
Favourite heritage: Lindisfarne Gospels

Kate Bailey MA(Hons) MLitt

Kate Bailey

Publications Officer

Kate joined the Society in October 2019. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in History, and then continued her studies with an MLitt in Publishing Studies from Stirling University.

Contact me about: Publications (reviews and revisions), copyright permissions, and online bookshop.
Favourite heritage: Historic buildings and the berserker Lewis chess piece.

Jan Paterson Assoc CIPD

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 staff in 2016. Andrea worked in the private and voluntary sectors on energy policy and renewable technologies (2001-2010) in London, and then partnerships, events, membership and fundraising (2010-present). With a love of learning Andrea continues to study taking evening classes in Classics, History of Science, Latin, French and Portuguese.

Andrea works five days a week, Monday to Friday.

Contact me about: Fellowship, Fellows’ meetings, talks and tours, fundraising and events sponsorship.
Favourite heritage: Scottish favourites include Edinburgh’s Old & New Towns, Machrie Moor Standing Stones and Scottish Colourists’ paintings.

Jade Dent MA

Jade Dent

Jade Dent

Fellowship and Events Officer

Jade joined the Society in January 2021. She graduated at University of Lincoln with a MA in Culture and Heritage Management. She has since worked for museums in London as a Visitor Assistant for the Cutty Sark and the Tower of London, and latterly within the Membership Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in South Kensington, London.

Jade works five days a week, Monday to Friday.

Contact me about: Fellowship queries and networks, events.
Favourite heritage: Gothic structures/architecture such as the Scott Monument, and Greyfriars Kirk. Beautiful nature reserves such as Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands.

Dr Helen Spencer MA PhD FSAScot AMA MCIfA

ScARF Project Manager


Helen Spencer

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 has recently completed her PhD at Heriot Watt University investigating Scottish medieval and post- medieval window glass and has research interests in all things glass related.

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

Dr Jennifer Allison MA MLitt PhD FSAScot

Jennifer Allison

ScARF Project Officer

Jennifer joined the ScARF team in March 2022. She graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA in Archaeology and continued her studies with an MLitt in Material Culture and Artefact Studies at the University of Glasgow, where she developed a passion for early medieval archaeology and the study of everyday lives. She is currently finishing her PhD at the University of Aberdeen, researching Pictish household evidence and the manifestation of societal changes through domestic architecture. Jennifer has a keen interest in Scottish education and fully accessible heritage for all, and has volunteered for local primary schools throughout her time at university.

Contact me about: The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework
Favourite heritage: Shetland’s archaeological landscape, especially the Broch of Mousa, and early medieval sculpture like Sueno’s stone in Forres.

Dr Jeff Sanders MA(Hons) PhD FSAScot

Dr Jeff Sanders

Dr Jeff Sanders

Dig It! 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!, an integral part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology in 2017, and is now a central feature of promoting archaeology in Scotland.

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

Julianne McGraw BA MSc

Julianne McGraw

Julianne McGraw

Dig It! Communications Manager

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! fun.

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

Sally Pentecost MA(Hons) MLitt FSAScot

Sally Pentecost

Sally Pentecost

Dig It! Communications and Events Officer

Originally from County Durham, Sally moved to Edinburgh in 2013 to pursue an MA in History, and then continued her studies with an MLitt in Mediaeval History from St Andrews in 2017. She volunteered with Dig It! during 2017’s Year of History, Heritage and Culture, and eventually joined the Society staff in 2018. She is now Dig It!’s Communications and Events Officer as well as leading on creating new operational policies in line with Dig It!’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Contact me about: Dig It! Communications/Social Media and Events
Favourite heritage: Crannogs, medieval manuscripts, and ruined abbeys

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