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

David Rudling
Chair and Sussex Officer

D Rudling David, who was also previously the Chairman of CBA South-East from 2011 to 2014, is currently Academic Director of the Sussex School of Archaeology.   He is also a trustee of the Sussex Archaeological Society and Chairman of the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society.   David is Director of the on-going excavations at Plumpton Roman villa, East Sussex.  He began his career at University College London (UCL) studying for degrees in Anthropology and Roman Archaeology.   Later he undertook his PhD in Roman Archaeology at Roehampton University.   David specialises in Roman-period rural settlements and land-use, religion and ritual in 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.


Anne Sassin Allen

Vice-chair and Events


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.


Rose Hooker

Secretary and Surrey Officer

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 and Kent Officer

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


John Funnell

Grants Officer

John 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


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 (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 both digging and putting IT skills to use in developing the Society’s SMR Roman database.   He now specialises in Roman pottery and is developing a pot recording database, initially for finds from Church Meadow, Ewell, excavations (2012-14).   He also has served on the Surrey Arch Research Committee (2002-03), and has been on CBASE committee since 2006, latterly as webmaster.


Rebecca Reynolds

Advocacy and Museums

Biography to come

Bill Hawkes

Conservation Officer

William Hawkes is a professional conservator and trained jeweller.   His conservation practice has encompassed a wide array of work on very wide and varied projects, ranging from Roman and Anglo Saxon stone-set jewellery in both precious and copper alloy metals, to Napoleonic field carriage guns and a D-20 howitzer from the first gulf war.   Bill’s clients have included His Grace, the Duke of Norfolk, The Royal Armouries, and the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.   Additionally Bill regularly provides consultation services to various organisations in relation to researching historic objects and their metallurgy, providing reports for the purposes of preventative and remedial conservation.   Bill is a member of the Institute of Conservation, and the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

Bill’s Masters In Conservation Studies dissertation (University of Sussex) analysed the etching effects of acidified thiourea silver dips and saponin plant extracts, on the surface of sterling silver and gilded historic objects.   The efficacy of the plant extracts and their optimisation will be his focus at PhD level this coming year, 2018.

As a jeweller, Bill hand-fabricates items of fine jewellery, selling them all over the world, as well as providing consultancy services to small jewellery businesses.   Bill is a Fellow of the National Association of Jewellers, a member of the Guild of Jewellery Designers, the Society of British Jewellers and the Society of jewellery Historians.


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.   He was the group’s chairman until 2017.



Alex Egginton


Biography to come


Elizabeth Blanning


Biography to come


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