Trustees

Responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Society.

The Council of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland is the Board of Trustees of the charity.  It is comprised of voluntary members who are all Fellows of the Society elected by the Fellowship during the Anniversary Meeting on the 30th November each year or co-opted by Council.  It is Society policy to wish to have a gender balance on Council and is seeking to improve Council diversity.

Law 11 states: “The Council shall consist of at least eleven Fellows elected by the Society, the Chairman of the North East Section ex officio, the Society representative of the National Museums Scotland (NMS) ex officio who is already a Fellow of the Society (nominated by the NMS Board of Trustees) and up to two co-opted persons appointed by the Council to fill a vacancy on the Council.  The total number of members of the Council shall not exceed fifteen at any time.”

As defined in the Laws, the Officers of the Council include the President, two Vice Presidents and the Treasurer.  The President is elected for a period of up to three years and may stand for a second term, subject to Law 16. The Treasurer is elected for one year and, again subject to Law 16, is eligible for re-election.  The term of office of the President and the Treasurer respectively may not exceed six years in total.  The Vice-Presidents are appointed by the Council from amongst the elected members of the Council. The Vice-Presidents are appointed for an initial term of up to three years and may be appointed for a further term of up to three years, subject to Law 16. Law 17 states that no member of Council may serve longer than nine consecutive years.

The Chair of the Aberdeen and North-East Section and a representative from the National Museums Scotland (NMS) are additional Ex Officio members of Council; the former is elected by Fellows in Aberdeen and North East of Scotland, and the latter nominated by the NMS. The post of Section chair is vacant while the Section has been suspended.

President (elected for three years with year of election in brackets)

Ian Ralston OBE MA  PhD DLitt FSA FSAScot FRSE MAE MCIfA (2020)

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Prof Ian Ralston OBE FSAScot

Ian is Abercromby Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.  He was raised in East Lothian and became a Fellow of the Society in 1969 as an Archaeology undergraduate at Edinburgh in Stuart Piggott’s department. He has been a Councillor and Vice-President (2007-10) of the Society, and was the first editor of its Monograph Series. He has worked in Scottish universities since 1974, first at Aberdeen, and then from 1985 at Edinburgh; he retired in 2019, having been Head of the School of History, Classics and Archaeology earlier in the decade. He was appointed to the Abercromby Chair of Archaeology – initially occupied in 1927 by Gordon Childe – in 2012 and is proud to have been the first Scot to occupy it. His visiting positions abroad have been at the Ecole normale supérieure, Paris, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest and the University of the South in Tennessee. He has lectured widely in Europe and in North America, often on Scottish topics.

Ian’s publications range over an extensive swathe of the archaeology of Scotland, covering all periods from the Mesolithic to the Early Historic, as well as the European Iron Age (his major excavations since the mid-1980s have been in France). In addition, he has written on the history of archaeology, and on aspects of cultural resource management – including works intended for the general public as well as more specialized contributions. Fuller details are available at www.ianralston.co.uk.

Ian established, and until recently chaired, the applied company CFA Archaeology and, with the late Alan Saville, developed the modern Code of Practice for Treasure Trove in Scotland. Over his career he has chaired both the Institute for Field Archaeologists and the predecessor of Archaeology Scotland. He has never been an ‘Ivory Tower’ academic.

Living in Kinross-shire with his wife and labrador he remains very much research-active. An Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland, written with an Oxford colleague, is almost complete.

Vice Presidents (appointed by Council for three years with year of appointment in brackets)

Dr Deborah Lamb MA(Cantab) PhD FSAScot (2018, appointed Vice President at 30 November 2021)

Dr Deborah Lamb

Dr Deborah Lamb

Dr Deborah LambFrom a degree in Classics at Girton College, Cambridge, Deborah qualified as a Chartered Accountant. She has been involved in archaeological excavation since her teens, and following her move to Shetland in 1982 she has worked on a range of Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age sites in Shetland, Orkney and Caithness as well as engaging in experimental archaeology. After early retirement she completed a PhD in archaeology. She was an Honorary Research Fellow with the UHI 2008-2014, and carried out occasional tutorial work for Shetland College UHI, including VC teaching sessions, VLE development and marking for Culture Studies / Environment and Heritage. More recently she has served as external academic panel member for the approval process of a new CertHE. Her publications include archaeological articles in edited volumes and conference proceedings, as well as a wide range of book reviews for the ‘Shetland Times’.

Although she originally moved to Shetland to manage the Council’s oil money, her subsequent career with the Shetland Islands Council included several years as director of a major department before moving to the Town Hall to work in the Chief Executive’s office. Equipped with both management and training qualifications she now offers courses in business and management skills, and is a qualified tourist guide.

During the winter she works on post-excavation cataloguing of the finds from Old Scatness and in summer on local digs, latterly with the University of Aberdeen. Her other interests are sea kayaking and Fair Isle knitting.  Deborah was co-opted by Council Trustees in 2017 and elected in 2018.

Dr Heather James MSc BA(Hons) PhD FSAScot MCIfA (2016, appointed Vice President 18 March 2019, re-elected 2019)

Dr Heather James, Northlight Archaeology

Dr Heather James

Heather runs Calluna Archaeology. She was a manager at Northlight Heritage specialising in Community Archaeology and has been working in Scotland since 1984 initially for the then Department of Environment, then later Strathclyde Regional Council Planning Department and Glasgow University Archaeology Research Division, before joining Northlight Heritage. She has experience in archaeological fieldwork throughout the UK, and in Italy, France, Jordan and Peru. She has directed several major projects resulting in publications, such as Excavations at St Ethernan’s Monastery, Isle of May, Fife 1992-1997 and A Fragmented Masterpiece: Recovering the biography of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish cross-slab. She also directed excavations at Castle Craig broch as part of the University of Glasgow’s Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot Project. Most recently she has run the public engagement aspects of the Ulster Scots Archaeology Project, directed fieldwork and excavations in Argyll for Clan Macfarlane Worldwide and developed and managed Walking Back to the Future a heritage walk in Shettleston, Glasgow. Heather holds a PhD on the medieval rural settlement of Mid Argyll.

Treasurer (elected each year, first year of election in brackets)

Dr Kenneth Aitchison MA(Hons) PhD FSAScot MCIfA (2020)

Dr Kenneth Aitchison PhD, FSAScot

Dr Kenneth Aitchison FSAScot

Kenneth is the Founder and CEO of Landward Research Ltd, a consultancy that he established in 2010 that works in the heritage, culture and international development sectors.

He is also currently CEO of FAME, the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers, the trade association for commercial archaeology companies in the UK and Ireland. Previously, he worked for the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists for nine years as the Head of Projects and Professional Development, and worked in archaeology in Scotland, England, France and different countries in south-west Asia before that.

He has been a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland since 1993.

A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, he was awarded his PhD by research publication in 2011 for work on ‘Supply and Demand in UK commercial archaeology from 1990-2010’. He also studied for a Masters in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Sheffield.

Members of Council (elected for three years with year of election in brackets)

Iain McDowall BA, MA(Hons), FSAScot, MRICS (2017, re-elected 2020)

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Iain McDowall

Iain is a chartered surveyor currently working as the Director of Estates and a member of the senior management team at The Royal Parks in London. Iain studied history at Edinburgh University and has been a Fellow since 1983. Before becoming a surveyor Iain worked as a volunteer at NMAS. Since moving South in 2009 Iain has been a member of the Surrey Archaeological Society and has volunteered at the Woking Palace excavations. His 32 years experience in surveying include office acquisitions and management of a portfolio of office properties as well as advising organisations on all aspects of their property. This should assist the Society in the delivery of the accommodation aspects of its Vision and Strategy in the 2016-21 Strategic Plan.

 

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Prof Hector MacQueen

Professor Hector MacQueen LLB (Hons) PhD FBA FRSE FSAScot (2017, re-elected 2020)

Professor of Private Law at the University of Edinburgh and has also been a Scottish Law Commissioner since 2009 (his term in that office concludes at the end of March 2018).  As well as contemporary law and its reform, his research interests include legal history and Scottish history more generally, generally in the medieval period, but occasionally straying as far as the twentieth century, and always seeking a better understanding with a comparative approach.

 

Sam Mills MSc FSAScot (2020)

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Sam Mills FSAScot

Sam Mills is an independent archiving and heritage consultant. He is currently working on a four-year archival project for Kirkdale Archaeology, where he is responsible for managing the processing of all types of post-excavation material. He has previously worked for other membership organisations, where he managed the accounts and communicated regularly with members. He is interested in how archaeology and heritage can adapt and stay relevant to current events, and believes that an increase in diversity in the heritage sector is a key way of attaining this goal.

 

Dr Manda Forster PhD FSAScot MCIfA (2020)

Dr Manda Forster

Dr Manda Forster

Manda Forster is the Director of Operations at DigVentures, a social enterprise specialising in community focussed archaeology and heritage projects. Working as part of a dispersed team, Manda relocated to the west coast of Scotland in 2017, having spent several years working at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Archaeology, followed by a stint at the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists promoting the work of the institute. Throughout her degree at Bradford University, Manda spent summers digging in Shetland, inspiring her to pursue a PhD researching early medieval trade in the North Atlantic, specialising in soapstone artefacts of Shetland, Greenland and Norway. Currently, Manda coordinates business delivery at DigVentures, as well as developing and managing projects in Scotland. Most recently, Manda directed investigations at Coldingham, working with community participants to look for evidence of an early medieval monastery in the centre of the village. Manda has a keen interest in post excavation processes and archives management, recently writing guidance for the management of digital data in archaeological archives in partnership with CIfA and supported by Historic England and the Archaeological Archives Forum.

Dr Suzanne Lyle PhD FSAScot FRSA (2021)

Suzanne Lyle is a grant funder, curator and art historian in my professional life and my research background focuses on illuminated manuscripts made for figures in the Scottish court in the early sixteenth century. I would bring the skills, knowledge and experience that I have gained working in the heritage and arts sectors over the last nineteen years. I was appointed as the Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2009. Throughout my time at the Arts Council, since 2002, I have been Collection Curator, responsible for the care, management and use of the Arts Council Collection. I am also responsible for overseeing grant funding in the visual arts sector which includes visual art, craft, public art and architecture. I work with a wide range of visual arts and craft-based organisations and individual artists. I have served on a number of local and national heritage related committees including the Ethics Committee of the Museums Association, the Culture Committee of the UK National Commission for UNESCO and I have served as a member of the Historic Monuments Council of Northern Ireland.

Dr Heather Pulliam PhD FSAScot (2021)

Heather Pulliam is Head of Art History, University of Edinburgh. From a UK/US military family, Heather completed her MA Hons and PhD at the University of St. Andrews. Her work involves multiple heritage institutions and emphasises Scotland’s  transcultural networks. Specialising in medieval Britain and Ireland, she has published on the Book of Kells, Lewis Chessmen, Pictish sculpture, and the Book of Deer. Her contribution to The Celts exhibition (British Museum/National Museum of Scotland 2015) traced ‘Celtic’ traditions, 900-1500. Funded by the Carnegie Trust and Henry Moore foundation, she has organized conferences ranging from Pictish Stones to the Celtic Revival. Her current project, funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, examines ‘Celtic Heritage,’ within a range of heritage institutions in Scotland and Ireland. Recent research funded by the Leverhulme Trust, examines the importance of environment in understanding ancient monuments. Her research and teaching emphasise that Scotland has long been an outward looking culture with meaningful ties to the rest of the world. As department head, she facilitated expanding the curriculum to one that is among the most global and inclusive in the UK. She is particularly
interested in continuing the Society’s recent work on broadening student and international membership.

Professor Iain R Torrance KCVO Kt TD DPhil FRSE FSAScot (2021)

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Professor Iain R Torrance

Formerly Professor of Christian Ethics & Patristics and Dean of the Faculty of Arts & Divinity at the University of Aberdeen, formerly Moderator of the General Assembly (2003-4), and formerly President and Professor of Patristics (now Emeritus) at Princeton Theological Seminary (2004-12). Formerly Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland and Dean of the Order of the Thistle, currently Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen and the chair of the Edinburgh Sir Walter Scott Club (2019-22). A trustee of the University of Aberdeen Development Trust and of several other bodies. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2007), Knight Bachelor (2018), Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (2019), Territorial Decoration (1995). As a student, I was a volunteer at the excavations in Colchester and St Albans, then Dalladies for 2 summers and at Fochabers. I led the project to build Princeton Theological Seminary’s new library and digitise over 100,000 books for free downloads. I am currently an advisor to HM King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for the UNESCO site of the Baptism of Jesus.

Dr Alison Sheridan FBA FRSE FSA FSAScot CorrMDAI ACIfA (2021)

Having served Scottish archaeology in various capacities (including as Council member and Vice President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland) during my 32.5 year long employment in National Museums Scotland (1987–2019), I continue to serve Scottish archaeology during my retirement, including as the Society’s 2020 Rhind Lecturer; a contributor to various Regional
Research Frameworks (following my earlier work, 2008–2013, as Co-Chair of the National ScARF Neolithic panel); as a Board member of Urras nan Tursachan; and as a Trustee of Bute Museum, inter alia. I believe that my skills and experience pertaining to the heritage sector will be of use to the Society and I am keen to help the Society to flourish.

Professor Donna Heddle MA (Hons) PhD FSAScot FHEA FRSA (2021)

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Professor Donna Heddle

Donna Heddle is Director of the Institute for Northern Studies and currently Acting Vice Principal (Research and Impact) at the University of the Highlands and Islands. She has won awards for cultural heritage course development and design. Her research interests are Scottish and Northern Isles cultural history, Norse and Renaissance language and literature, and cultural heritage tourism and she has led and is currently leading several national and international research and training projects involving cultural heritage tourism, including a project in Vanuatu and Fiji. She led the very successful Research Excellence Framework 2014 submission from UHI in Area Studies, which was placed first in Scotland for research impact (particularly in heritage tourism) and 5th equal with the University of Oxford for research environment for the whole UK. She was awarded a Personal Chair by UHI in June 2013 and became Chair of the UHI Tourism Group in August 2017. She is a trustee of the Scottish International Education Trust and a Board member of Museums Galleries Scotland (she was the first person ever asked to undertake a third term). She has a wealth of expertise, enthusiasm, and experience to bring to this exciting role, which she looks to very much enjoy.

Co-opted members of Council (must step down at the Anniversary Meeting)

vacant

Ex Officio members of Council

Chair of the Aberdeen and North-East Section (elected for three years with year of election in brackets)

vacant

 

National Museums Scotland Representative (nominated by the Trustees of the NMS)

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Dr Stuart Allan

Dr Stuart Allan FSAScot (appointed 5 July 2021)

Dr Allan is Keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology in the National Museums Scotland. His research interests include imperial military collecting and appropriation practices, material histories of the Enlightenment, the material culture of Scottish Romanticism, the culture of irregular warfare.

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