CBA_South East-01The current trustees of the Council for British Archaeology South-East are drawn from all of the counties within our region and perform a wide range of public and private roles. See below for their profiles:

CBA South-East Committee



Martyn Allen


Martyn is a currently a Research Fellow employed by the University of Reading working on the Rural Settlement of Roman Britain project, which examines the impact of developer-funded archaeology on our understanding of this period.   Prior to this role Martyn worked for English Heritage as a Research Assistant at the EH Centre for Archaeology, Fort Cumberland.   Martyn completed his PhD research at the University of Nottingham in 2011.   His thesis examined the zooarchaeology of Fishbourne Roman Palace across the Iron Age/Romano-British transition.

David Rudling

D Rudling David was the Chairman of CBA South-East from 2011 to 2014, and is currently Academic Director of the Sussex School of Archaeology.   He is also a trustee of the Sussex Archaeological Society and President of the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society.   David is Co-Director of both the Barcombe Roman Villa Project and the on-going excavations at Plumpton Roman villa.  He began his career at University College London (UCL) studying for degrees in Anthropology and Roman Archaeology.   David specialises in Roman rural settlements and land-use, religion and ritual in Roman Britain, multi-period landscape archaeology, and ancient and medieval coins.   He is a former Director of UCL’s Archaeology South-East, and was more recently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology (Continuing Education) at the University of Sussex.



Rose Hooker


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Rose has been an active member of Surrey Archaeological Society for many years.   She gained a BSc in Archaeology and Environment in 2004 from the now defunct Continuing Education course at the University of Surrey.   Rose regularly participates in surveys, excavations and artefact studies and her primary interest is in prehistory.

Steven Cleverly


MedmerrySteve took over the role as CBA South-East Treasurer in 2016 from the long-serving John Funnell.   He is currently the Treasurer of Chichester and District Archaeology Society and is also the Chair of their Fieldwork Committee.   He is actively involved in survey, research and excavation, and he gained his BA in Archaeology and Landscape via Sussex University in 2011.


Shiela Broomfield

Membership Secretary

Shiela’s first archaeological excavation was at Wroxeter in 1964, an opportunity she gained by contacting the CBA, after which she dug locally in Middlesex and the City of London until moving to Kent in 1968.   There Shiela joined the Kent Archaeological Society and became a supervisor on various archaeological sites in both Kent & Sussex.   During her archaeological career Shiela has held (and still holds) a number of prominent positions, including Treasurer and Membership Secretary for the London Archaeologist (1976-2007), for whom she was also Trustee and subsequently Chair of the Standing Conference until it evolved into the Council for British Archaeology London (Shiela is currently Treasurer for CBA London).

Within the Kent Archaeological Society, Shiela has been a Trustee (1991-present), member of the KAS Fieldwork Committee, Membership Secretary (2001-present), and Vice President (2011-present).   Shiela’s other society commitments include being a committee member of the Tonbridge Historical Society and the Wealden Iron Research Group.

She was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2005, and was granted Honorary Membership of the Council for British Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology South-East.   Shiela also remains active in the field, currently undertaking watching briefs for Kent County Council.

Judie English

Newsletter Editor

 Biography to come

Anne Sassin

Events Officer


Anne is currently Honorary Research Fellow at Canterbury Christchurch University, Project Manager of the Finding Farnham Community Archaeology Project, and part-time Lecturer in Archaeology at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Oxford.   Though her research spans from the Scottish Highlands to South Wales, she has a particular interest in the local archaeology of Surrey, as well as heritage and outreach programmes.


Nathalie Cohen

Social Media Officer

Nathalie is currently Community Archaeology Team Leader for Museum of London Archaeology (MoLA) and has, over the last 20 years, built up a wealth of professional archaeological experience working on a number of different archaeological projects including the Monuments at Risk Survey in the East Midlands, the Grimes London Archive Project and the Thames Archaeological Survey, and overseas at sites in Israel, the Czech Republic and Romania.   Within MoLA, Nathalie has held various positions, including Unit Archivist, Field Archaeologist, and has worked as a foreshore and built heritage specialist on sites across Greater London, Kent, Buckinghamshire, Somerset, Devon and Surrey.

Nathalie completed an MA in Maritime Archaeology in 2007 and is currently an Honorary Research Associate at University College London and the Cathedral Archaeologist for Southwark Cathedral.   She now works part-time for the Thames Discovery Programme at MOLA and part-time for the National Trust, as the regional Archaeologist for Kent and East Sussex.

Simon Elliott

Publicity Officer and Institutional Membership

simon-elliott_20160817_153417_cropped2Simon Elliott is an historian and archaeologist, with an MA in War Studies from KCL and an MA in Archaeology from UCL.   He is in the process of completing a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Kent where he is studying the Roman military in Britain.   For a day job he runs his own PR company, and is a former defence and aerospace journalist at titles including Jane’s Defence Weekly and Flight International.   He frequently gives talks on Roman themes and is co-Director at a Roman villa excavation.

Rob Symmons

Museums Representative

Rob is Curator of Archaeology at Fishbourne Roman Palace in West Sussex, a property of the Sussex Archaeological Society, and is Honorary Secretary of the Sussex Museums Group.   Rob studied Archaeology at UCL from 1993, completing his PhD in 2002 which specialized in zooarchaeology.   Rob’s links to Sussex also go back to the 1990s, when he was an acting supervisor on the Sussex Archaeological Society’s excavations at Fishbourne Palace.

Vicky Owen

Student Representative

V OwenVicky is currently a third year Archaeology undergraduate at Canterbury Christ Church University and human bones enthusiast.   She is an active field archaeologist at various sites across Southern Britain and Wales, having worked with UCLAN, the Enfield Archaeological Society and of course, Canterbury Christ Church.


Rebecca Reynolds

Advocacy Officer

Biography to come

Philip Stanley


Phil was born in Singapore and spent his first two years there before returning to the UK.   His interest in archaeology, however, began early when he lived in Malta between the ages of six and nine.   His first dig was from school at Box Roman villa in 1968 with Henry Hurst and since then has taken part in over 50 excavations.   He took his BA(Hons) in archaeology at the University of Wales (Cardiff) in 1975.   Then followed two years at the Glamorgan-Gwent Trust between Nov 1976 and Jan 1979 (as Finds Assistant and site supervisor) and six months at Newport Museum and Art Gallery reconstructing and cataloguing the pottery from 1960’s Roman kiln excavations at Caldicot in Gwent (published in Med. Arch. 1992) (a good introduction to greyware!).

He then took a ‘career break’ of 15 years (earning a (better) living as an IT developer) and got back into archaeology as a hobby in 1995 at Betchworth, Surrey.   Since then he has spent spare time with Surrey Arch Soc both digging (including trench supervision at Hatch Furlong, Ewell, and recently at Church Meadow, Ewell); and putting IT skills to use in developing the Society’s SMR Roman database, and a specialised recording database for Church Meadow Roman pottery (which he will be reporting).   He also has served on the Surrey Arch Research Committee (2002-03), and has been on CBASE committee since 2006, latterly as webmaster.


John Funnell

Grants Officer

John FunnellJohn was Treasurer for the CBA South-East between 1994 and 2016, as well as being twice President of the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society and leader of the BHAS Archaeological Field Unit since 1991.   He gained a diploma in Archaeology from Birkbeck College in London, and has been the Director of excavations at Rocky Clump, Brighton and Ovingdean.   Awarded the Sussex Heritage Person of the Year in 2011, John still leads numerous heritage walks, gives talks about archaeology and is a member of the Archaeological Working Party for the Sussex Museums Group and the Brighton and Hove Local Access Forum.   He has published articles in the Sussex Archaeological Collections as well as numerous field reports in the BHAS Field Notebooks.   These are available to download from the BHAS website at

Bill Hawkes


Biography to come


Andy Seaman


Andy is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent.   He studied archaeology at Cardiff University where he gained his PhD in 2010, and then worked in commercial archaeology before returning to Cardiff University to lecturer in early medieval archaeology.   An active field archaeologist, Andy’s research interests focus upon early medieval Wales and western Britain.



Peter Youngs


Peter is originally from Norfolk (Youngs, with an ‘s’, is a name common in Norfolk but less so elsewhere).   After National Service in the Army, which gave him his first sight of classical remains during a year in Libya, Peter came to work in London in the Civil Service and to live in Guildford where he has been ever since.   With about 13 years to go to retirement he left the Civil Service and joined the staff of the British Museum as a senior administrator.   After retirement he gained a BA in History with Archaeology from Birkbeck College and has been a long-standing member of the Surrey Archaeology Society.   He is no longer an active ‘digger’ but is more concerned with the historical background and believes strongly that archaeology and history are inextricably linked as two sides of the same coin when it comes to understanding the past.

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