Our Staff

Our Staff



Richard Fraser  ~  Director
Mary Fraser  ~  Director


Consultancy & Fieldwork

Oliver Cooper  ~ Project Manager
Andrew Crowson  ~  Project Manager (Operations)
Matthew Parker-Wooding  ~  Project Manager (Planning and Consultancy)
Matthew Town  ~ Project Manager
Greg Speed  ~  Senior Project Officer
Gavin Robinson  ~  Senior Project Officer
Stuart Ross  ~  Senior Project Officer
Cath Ross  ~  Senior Project Officer
David Fell  ~  Senior Project Officer
Craig Huddart  ~ Project Officer
Steve Collison  ~  Project Officer
Al Teasdale  ~  Project Officer
Henry Atherden  ~  Junior Project Officer
Tom Coates  ~  Junior Project Officer
Therese Falk  ~  Junior Project Officer
Alex Hartley  ~  Junior Project Officer
Aidan Pratt  ~  Junior Project Officer
Julian Thorley  ~  Junior Project Officer
Ben Turner  ~ Junior Project Officer

Heritage Management
Penny Middleton  ~  Project Manager
Florence Spaven ~  Project Officer


CAD & Survey

Damien Ronan  ~  Project Manager
Dawn Knowles  ~  Senior Project Officer
Catherine Chisman  ~   Senior Project Officer
Andy Durkin  ~  Project Officer
Kate Chapman  ~  Project Officer
Alice James ~ Geophysical Survey Manager
Mark Hoyle  ~  Illustrator
Roger Simpson  ~  Freelance Illustrator


Post Excavation & Archives
Dr Hannah Russ ~ Post-Excavation Manager
Dr David Griffiths ~ Senior Project Officer (Finds and Archives) and Roman Pottery Specialist
Dr Elizabeth Foulds  ~   Project Officer (Finds and Archives) and Small Finds Specialist
Dr Lizzie Wright  ~   Zooarchaeologist
Jonathan Baines  ~   Archaeobotanist
David Taylor  ~   Environmental Supervisor
Chrystal Antink  ~   Finds Supervisor and Trainee Ceramics Building Materials Specialist
Charlotte Britton  ~   Trainee Pottery Specialist


Logistics

Sarah Parker  ~  Office Manager
Sue Stanwix  ~  Assistant Office Manager
Dr Jen Parker-Wooding  ~  Project Officer

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Richard Fraser

  
Director


Richard Fraser Richard is the Managing Director of Northern Archaeological Associates Ltd. He co-founded the company in 1990 and, with his wife Mary, has been responsible for developing the business to the point where it now currently employs 24 staff. He has over thirty years experience in professional archaeology as both a heritage consultant and project manager. He acts as consultant on schemes across a wide range of sectors including electricity, gas, minerals, transport, clean and waste water, local government, residential, retail and commercial developments. Richard has extensive experience undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments and has acted as an expert witness dealing with heritage issues at a number of public inquiries.

As a Project Manager, Richard has been responsible for overseeing a wide range of projects including major excavations in both rural and urban locations, desk studies, evaluations, surveys and built heritage and landscape management. He has successfully managed programmes of archaeological work covering all periods and with budgets of up to �1.5m. As Director, he has been instrumental in developing an Integrated Management System for the company which is certified to ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS18001. He has lead responsibility for Quality and Health and Safety.

Prior to establishing NAA, Richard worked as a site director for Tyne and Wear County Council and then Newcastle City Council, where he excavated a range of medieval urban, religious, defensive and waterfront sites.


Professional Qualifications

BA (Hons) Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
CIEH: Level 4 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
Emergency First Aid at Work


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Mary Fraser

  
Director

Mary Fraser Mary Fraser is a Director of Northern Archaeological Associates and working closely with her Co-Director, Richard Fraser, has shared responsibility for the business operation, service development and growth of NAA. She has been involved with archaeology for over 35 years, including 25 years of working in the public and private sectors providing advice on historic environment issues in relation to development, conservation and management proposals.

Mary has worked with NAA for 17 years. She joined as an Associate in 1994, became a Partner in 2006 and a Director when NAA became a limited company in 2007. Before joining NAA, Mary worked for North Yorkshire County Council as County Archaeologist, where she had responsibility for managing the archaeology section and council-run projects. She provided advice to both developers and other local authorities on planning, conservation and management issues and for the development and maintenance of the County Sites and Monuments.

Mary specialises in providing consultancy advice in relation to development, conservation and management of the historic environment. She has extensive experience of providing planning advice, contributing to Environmental Statements, liaison and negotiation with statutory consultees, compilation of specifications and contract documentation, and for the management of fieldwork contracts. She is committed to maintaining and developing relationships with key clients and developing new business opportunities whilst maintaining and improving the professional standards for which NAA is recognised. She has lead responsibility within the business in relation to ISO 14001 (Environment).

Professional Qualifications

BA (Hons) Archaeology, University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1982)
CIEH: Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
Emergency First Aid at Work


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Oliver Cooper

  
Project Manager

Oliver Cooper Oliver has over 20 years experience in archaeology, including 11 years as a professional archaeologist, having previously worked for over eight years in the mineral extraction industry. He has an MA in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester and has worked with local archaeology groups including serving six years as chairman of the Bedale Archaeology and History Society.

As a Project Manager, Oliver is responsible for overseeing a number of infrastructure projects from their inception through to their conclusion. His duties include the production of historic environment desk-based assessments for new projects; the co-ordination of fieldwork associated with both the evaluation and mitigation phases of projects; and the management of post-excavation programmes and publication. Oliver has also worked on a voluntary basis on a number of large-scale research programmes including the Defence of Britain Project, Grampian Hillforts Project, and follow-up work for the Yorkshire Dales Mapping Project.


Professional Qualifications

MA Archaeology and Heritage, Leicester University
CIEH: Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
Confined Space Entry - Escape Sets Emergency First Aid at Work


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Penny Middleton

  
Project Manager (Heritage Conservation)


Penny Middleton Penny has over 25 years experience in professional archaeology as a heritage consultant, historic buildings archaeologist and landscape surveyor. She is a Chartered Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (CMiFA) and has an MA in British Archaeology from Reading University, as well as a post-graduate qualification in Architectural History from the University of Oxford. Penny has a wide range of experience covering a variety of sites and periods, both nationally and internationally, and specialist technical skills in survey and GIS.

As Project Manager for Heritage Conservation, she has responsibility for a range of built heritage and landscape management projects, including the preparation of heritage statements, Conservation Management Plans, Landscape Management Plans, Listed Building Consent applications, EIAs, Conservation Character Area Appraisals and historic building surveys. She has worked on a number of Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bids, both as lead consultant and heritage specialist, at all stages including the production of Activity Plans, Interpretation Plans and Management and Maintenance Plans. In addition, Penny co-ordinates much of the company's outreach work including community excavation, workshops and research projects.

Penny has undertaken work for English Heritage, Historic England, the National Trust, National Park Authorities and Defence Estates and recent projects include Roker Pier and Lighthouse Restoration HLF funding bid (Sunderland); Hylton Castle HLF bid (Sunderland); Castleshaws Roman Fort Conservation Management Plan (Greater Manchester); Seaham Community Excavation (County Durham); Cleadon Village Atlas (Tyne & Wear); Barnard Castle Walls (County Durham) consolidation and conservation scheme; Red Scar Lead Mine Monument Management Plan (Yorkshire Dales), and Leeds University Library Heritage Statement (Leeds).


Professional Qualifications

ArchCert in Architectural History, University of Oxford
MA in British Archaeology, University of Reading

Member of the Institute for Archaeology
Former Expert Adviser and Mentor to the Heritage Lottery Fund
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation

CIEH: Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
Emergency First Aid at Work


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Damien Ronan

  
Project Manager


Damien Ronan Damien has over 29 years experience in professional archaeology as a landscape surveyor, illustrator and field archaeologist. He has a Post-graduate Diploma in Professional Archaeology and has worked for Northern Archaeological Associates since 1993. Damien has a wide range of survey experience and has specialist technical skills in GPS, GIS, CAD photography, and image editing software.

As a Project Manager for CAD, survey and Illustration, he is responsible for both stand-alone projects and for supporting fieldwork and post-excavation undertaken by other Project Managers within the company. He has completed a wide range of archaeological landscape surveys to inform future management which have included garden and parkland surveys, woodland surveys, and estate/farm surveys. He has completed a number of instrument (GPS and EDM) surveys on a range of upland and lowland sites, including prehistoric landscapes, medieval castles, religious houses, deserted villages castles and industrial complexes and has considerable experience of aerial photographic analysis and transcription using oblique and vertical photographs and map regression analysis. He is also experienced with photogrammetry, air and ground based point cloud creation through structure from motion techniques, and is proficient with DTM production and Lidar manipulation and transcription.

Damien manages a team of illustrators and surveyors who carry out a wide range of activities including preparing report plans and illustrations, finds illustration, photographic rectification and transcription, and Lidar manipulation and analysis. Damien is a skilled photographer and uses both kite and mast mounted platforms to undertake site photography.


Professional Qualifications

Diploma in Professional Archaeology (University of Oxford)
CIEH: Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
Emergency First Aid at Work


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Dr Hannah Russ

  
Post-Excavation Manager


Hannah Russ Hannah has worked on a wide range of archaeological projects in the UK, continental Europe and the Middle East, dating from the Middle Palaeolithic to the post-medieval period. She has worked primarily in post-excavation, focusing on environmental remains. Hannah has carried out identification and analysis on mammal, bird, reptile and fish bone assemblages as well as both marine and terrestrial molluscs, and marine crustaceans.

Hannah trained at the University of Bradford, completing an undergraduate degree in Bioarchaeology in 2004, and MSc in Biological Archaeology in 2006 and a PhD in Archaeological Science in 2011. Between 2010 and 2012 Hannah worked as the Laboratory and Technical Supervisor at the University of Sheffield. Hannah worked as Consultant and Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University between 2013 and 2015, during which she carried out fieldwork in Qatar and the UAE. Hannah is a committee member for the Association for Environmental Archaeology (AEA), and an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Sheffield and University of Wales, Trinity St. David.

As Post-Excavation Manager, Hannah is responsible for overseeing the procedures for finds and environmental remains from recovery on site to publication, supported by the Senior Project Officer (Palaeoecology) and Senior Project Officer (Finds). She is also responsible for bringing projects to publication via the NAA Monograph Series as well as international and regional journals.


Professional Qualifications

PhD Archaeological Science, University of Bradford
MSc Biological Archaeology, University of Bradford
BSc Bioarchaeology (Hons), University of Bradford
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Matthew Town

  
Project Manager


Matthew Town Matthew has 20 years experience of fieldwork including commercial and research excavation and survey. He has an MA in Landscape Archaeology and a BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Prehistory, both from the University of Sheffield and has an extensive range of experience covering a variety of sites and periods throughout England and southern Scotland. His specialist knowledge includes British prehistoric, post-medieval and industrial archaeology. His specialist technical skills include: excavation; photography; measured survey and landscape survey; CAD illustration; LiDAR analysis; post-excavation reporting, and publication. He is a specialist in working within Confined Spaces, as defined by Confined Spaces Regulations 1997. As a Project Manager with NAA, Matt is responsible for managing and delivering a wide range of fieldwork projects, procurement, liaison with statutory bodies, and business development. He also provides consultancy advice in relation to development, conservation and management of the historic environment and the management and co-ordination of landscape and condition surveys. Matt is a Chartered Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (CMiFA).


Professional Qualifications

BA (Hons) in Archaeology and Prehistory, University of Sheffield
MA in Landscape Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Chartered Member of the Institute for Archaeology (CMiFA)
CIEH: Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
Level 2 VRQ: Safe Entry into Medium Risk Confined Space
s Managing Confined Spaces Certificate
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
Emergency First Aid at Work
IPAF Harness Trained


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David Fell

  
Senior Project Officer


David Fell David studied for his BA in Archaeology and MA in Field Archaeology at the University of York. He interspersed his university commitments with work on a number of archaeological research projects in Scotland where he trained as an excavator on complex deeply stratified sites. He is an Chartered Associate of the Institute for Archaeologists (CAiFA).

As a Senior Project Officer David's responsibilities include the production of desk-based historic environment assessments, the coordination and undertaking of archaeological field projects and surveys, walk-over surveys, monitoring schemes, post-excavation analysis and the compilation of assessment and analysis reports for client's and for publication. He has experience of working with a wide range of clients on various types of schemes including major and minor infrastructure projects. His fieldwork experience spans all periods and he has travelled extensively in the UK and has a wide knowledge of British prehistory. Most recently, he has been involved with excavations associated with the A1(M) upgrade, including evidence of extensive Roman settlement at Scotch Corner.

Prior to joining NAA David' worked in conjunction with English Heritage (now Historic England) on a variety of landscape and historic building recording projects. In 2009 David was commissioned to lead a series of guided archaeological walks for Beverley Literary Festival and has continued involvement in the programme.


Professional Qualifications

BA Archaeology, University of York
MA Field Archaeology , University of York
Chartered Associate of the Institute for Archaeology (CAiFA)
CIEH: Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
EUSR: Cross Country Pipelines Health, Safety and Environment
Emergency First Aid at Work


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Dr David G. Griffiths

  
Snr Project Officer (Finds and Archives) and Roman Pottery Specialist


David G. Griffiths  David is the Senior Project Officer for Finds and Archives. He has a BSc and MA in Archaeology from the University of Bradford, and has recently submitted his PhD at the University of Leicester. His PhD research assessed the social and economic significance of artificial light consumption, testing the hypothesis that a reliable and affordable supply of fuel and lighting equipment was a major constituent in Roman urban living.

David has worked as a Roman Ceramics Specialist for the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii since 2005, recording and analysing lighting equipment and pottery recovered from 13 years of extensive excavations at Insula VI. 1. He is currently working as Ceramics Specialist on three projects on the Roman Imperial Estate at Vagnari, Puglia, Italy; San Felice villa (Saint Mary's University, Canada), the Vagnari vicus (University of Sheffield) and the cemetery (McMaster University, Canada). David has previously undertaken specialist Roman pottery work for a number of UK based commercial units and local community groups.



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Gavin Robinson

  
Senior Project Officer


Gavin Robinson Gavin has 20 years of archaeological experience including commercial and research-based fieldwork, post-excavation analysis and publication. He has an MA in Prehistoric Archaeology and a BSc (Hons) in Archaeological Science, both from Durham University. Gavin has an extensive range of field experience including training, overseeing and supervising students, members of the public and professional archaeologists. Throughout his career Gavin has designed, planned and undertaken numerous projects including: walk-over and condition surveys, fieldwalking, earthwork/topographic surveys, building recording and every form of excavation except underwater investigations. He has overseen projects encompassing the full range of the post-glacial history of the UK from Mesolithic flint scatters, Early Neolithic settlement and ritual sites, Neolithic/Bronze Age burial monuments to Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, medieval and post-medieval settlements to 20th century remains including a World War II air raid shelter.
Gavin also has considerable post-excavation experience including the analysis and publication of minor finds and small sites, to large infrastructure projects. His specialist knowledge includes British prehistoric archaeology, dating techniques and archaeological theory with specialist technical skills in prehistoric pottery, worked flint and stone, excavation, photography, surveying, post-excavation analysis, research and publication


Professional Qualifications

BSc (Hons) in Archaeological Science, University of Durham
MA in Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Durham
CIEH: Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
Emergency First Aid at Work


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Stuart Ross

  
Snr Project Officer


Stuart Ross Stuart has a BA in Archaeology from the University of Durham and over ten years archaeological experience working at supervisory and project officer level. Stuart has worked on a number of commercial excavations and research projects including prehistoric, Romano-British and Medieval settlement sites and a 20th century industrial site. Most recently, he has been involved with excavations associated with the A1(M) upgrade, including evidence of extensive Roman settlement at Catterick.

As Senior Project Officer, Stuart is responsible for undertaking a variety of fieldwork projects including excavation, evaluation, watching briefs and survey. On site he has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the team, health and safety and liaison with the principal contractor. Off-site, he is also responsible for completion of associated post-excavation assessment and analysis programmes, and for the final publication reports.


Professional Qualifications

BA (Hons) Archaeology, University of Durham
CIEH: Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
Emergency First Aid at Work


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Cath Ross

  
Snr Project Officer


Cath Ambrey Cath has an MA in Archaeology from the University of Glasgow and over 15 years archaeological fieldwork experience as a site assistant, site supervisor and project officer.

Prior to commencing work for NAA in 2006 Cath worked on a variety of commercial and research projects both in England and abroad. These included sites at Tel Dor in Israel, Carrickmines Castle in Eire, Chester amphitheatre in England, Butrint Roman villa in Albania and Kawa Kushite town in Sudan. She was particularly interested in the excavation of multi-period urban sites and was involved in city centre developments at Canterbury, Leicester and Bristol.

Subsequent to joining NAA Cath has supervised a number of archaeological evaluations and excavations and has been involved in programs of watching brief and different types of survey. Most recently, she has been involved with excavations associated with the A1(M) upgrade, including evidence of extensive Roman settlement at Catterick.

As Senior Project Officer, Cath is responsible for undertaking a variety of fieldwork projects including excavation, evaluation, watching briefs and survey. On site he has responsibility for the day-to-day management of the team, health and safety and liaison with the principal contractor. Off-site, he is also responsible for completion of associated post-excavation assessment and analysis programmes, and for the final publication reports.


Professional Qualifications

MA (Hons) Archaeology, University of Glasgow
CIEH: Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
EUSR: Cross Country Pipelines Health, Safety and Environment
Emergency First Aid at Work


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Greg Speed

  
Senior Project Officer


Greg Speed  Greg has a BA in Archaeology from Durham University and over 30 years archaeological field experience, and has worked primarily as a supervisor or project officer since 1983. He started working with NAA in 1990 and has been involved in a wide range of projects working on sites of all periods and types within northern England. His responsibilities within the company include the preparation of desk-based assessments and the supervision of fieldwork projects from inception through to final publication. His main interest is in major infrastructure developments such as motorways, pipelines and other large linear or area projects, and deeply-stratified urban sites. He has produced a number of publications on behalf of the company, including monographs, journal papers and 'grey literature' client reports. Prior to joining NAA he worked for a number of other archaeological organisations and has carried out excavations and other fieldwork on a wide range of projects in both rural and urban contexts throughout Britain.


Professional Qualifications

BA in Archaeology, University of Durham
CIEH: Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation
Emergency First Aid at Work


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Craig Huddart

  
Project Officer (Fieldwork)


Craig Huddart Craig studied for his BA in Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Worcester and at the University of Tennessee. He combined his university studies with research projects on the Northumbrian coastline where he was trained in excavation techniques on deeply stratified Anglo-Saxon and late Medieval sites.

Craig took time out of commercial archaeology in 2012 to spend 8 months living in an isolated community in the Huarochiri Province of the Andes in Peru to work as a research assistant, which has given him a rare insight into colonial and post colonial Latin America.

Prior to working for NAA, Craig has worked on, and supervised, several evaluations and large scale excavations throughout northern England and the Midlands. He has also undertaken watching briefs and survey, and has experience of working with CAD and GIS.

As a fieldwork Project Officer, Craig's responsibilities comprise running excavations and evaluations and carrying out watching briefs and surveys. He is also responsible for the compilation of assessments and reports based on his fieldwork projects.


Professional Qualifications
BA Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Worcester and University of Tennessee.
CSCS: Construction related occupation.
Emergency first aid in the workplace.


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Florence Spaven

  
Project Officer (Heritage Conservation)


Florence Spaven Florence has a MSc in Conservation of Historic Buildings from the University of Bath and a BA (Hons) in Geography from Oxford. As part her MSc she has undertaken research on architectural theory, coastal and marine heritage, the conservation of historic building materials and related legislation. Her thesis addressed the role of community groups in conserving 20th Century British lidos. Prior to this, while at Oxford Florence carried out studies in Heritage and Conservation Science, including her dissertation on the conversion of a former lunatic asylum for residential use. Florence also has practical experience in slate roofing by traditional methods, and roof lead work. During the summers of 2013 and 2014, she gained experience in commercial building surveying with two International firms based in London.

As a Project Officer in Heritage Conservation, Florence's responsibilities include undertaking historic building surveys, statements of significance and heritage statements. Her recent work has included a Historic Buildings Appraisal of the Empire Theatre in Sunderland, and the archaeological building recording of the Lower Promenade Arcade at Whitley Bay, prior to its demolition.


Professional Qualifications
MSc Conservation of Historic Buildings, University of Bath
BA (Hons) Geography, University of Oxford
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Ben Turner

  
Assistant Supervisor


Ben Turner Ben studied for his BSc in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford, which included a twelve month professional fieldwork placement in York and a three week placement in the Shetland Isles. Since finishing his undergraduate education in 2009 he has worked on a wide variety of sites across the country with various commercial archaeology companies (including NAA) ranging from Romano British settlement in and around Yorkshire to Victorian paint factories in Derbyshire. Prior to rejoining NAA, Ben also worked within the museum sector for three years as a curatorial technician. This involved the cataloguing, storage, transportation and exhibition of some of Yorkshire’s finest archaeological artefacts.

Since rejoining NAA in 2014, Ben has worked on a number of upland walkover-surveys across the Nidderdale AONB and Yorkshire Dales and has been responsible for numerous monitoring schemes ranging from the reconsolidation of 18th century lead mining remains at Nenthead in the North Pennines to emergency electrical repair works carried out along the length of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland. He has also been involved in numerous small to medium scale archaeological evaluations across the country in Wensleydale, Cumbria, Northumberland and Yorkshire.


Professional Qualifications
BSc Archaeological Sciences, University of Bradford.
Emergency First Aid at Work.
CSCS: Construction Related Occupation.
IPAF Harness Trained.


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