Current Officers and Trustees

Neil Holbrook BA FSA MIfA (Chairman 2017-)

Neil Holbrook is Chief Executive of Cotswold Archaeology, one of the largest archaeological fieldwork organisations working in the UK. He previously worked on Hadrian’s Wall and for Exeter Museum. He has a particular interest in the Roman period and has published widely on Romano-British archaeology, including a series of excavation reports dealing with aspects of Roman Cirencester. He is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading and a Vice President of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society. He is currently working on a project looking at the impact of developer-funded archaeology on our knowledge of Roman Britain.

Rob Hopwood MBA, FCCA (Treasurer 2016-)

Rob is Bursar at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, where he is also a Fellow. He is responsible for the College’s finances and investments, estates strategy and general operations, human resource management, commercial conference business, regulatory compliance and for supporting the mission of the College as a place of learning, education and research. He was educated at the University of Southampton and Geneva University in Switzerland. After graduating as a modern linguist, Rob specialised in Finance and Corporate Services roles, spending 14 years in Cambridge at Jesus College and then Trinity College, before serving for over 8 years as The British Academy’s Director of Finance and Corporate Services.

Professor Michael Fulford FBA, FSA (2009-)

Michael Fulford is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Reading, where he was first appointed as a lecturer in Archaeology in 1974. His research interests are in Roman urbanisation, material culture, economy and trade, and technology. He has excavated widely in southern Britain as well as in Pompeii, Italy. He has worked extensively at the Iron Age and Roman town of Silchester, Hampshire and since 1997 has been directing a long-term project on insula IX. His most recent publications include Life and Labour in Late Roman Silchester (2006) and Iron Age and Romano-British settlements and landscape in Salisbury Plain (2006).

Dr James Gerrard ACIfA, FHEA (2016-)

James Gerrard is a Senior Lecturer in Roman Archaeology at Newcastle University. His research interests include material culture, the Roman West Country, the end of Roman Britain and Late Antiquity. His publications include The Ruin of Roman Britain (Cambridge University Press 2013), articles in Britannia, The Archaeological Journal and other major periodicals as well as substantial excavation monographs. For some years he has been excavating the important Late Roman villa at Lufton in Somerset.

Professor Will Bowden (2019-)

Dr Will Bowden is Professor of Roman Archaeology at the University of Nottingham with research interests lie in both the UK and the Mediterranean, focusing particularly on Roman towns and late Roman transitions. He has been involved in fieldwork in the UK, Italy, Albania and Jordan, particularly at Butrint in Albania and since 2006 he has been leading a major research project at Venta Icenorum (Caistor-by-Norwich).  He is also interested in community archaeology and the use of new technologies for site presentation. His most recent book, Butrint 5: Life and Death at a Mediterranean Port (Oxford, 2020), details the rich material evidence from a major late Roman domus.  

Julie Reynolds BA Hons, AMA, MInstF (Dip) (2019-)

Julie Reynolds graduated from University College London with a degree in archaeology with a particular interest in Roman archaeology and material culture. After working on various archaeological excavations, mainly as a Finds Supervisor, she spent ten years as a curator with the National Museum of Wales with responsibility for the collection at the Roman Legionary Museum, Caerleon. She published a number of academic articles during this role with specific research interests in Roman artefactual studies, Roman burial practice and Roman epigraphy. Recently Julie was appointed as a regional National Trust Curator, with responsibility for a wide range of sites and properties from Neolithic Long Barrows to Arts and Crafts Gardens. Amongst these is Chedworth Roman Villa. In addition to academic qualifications, she is an Associate of the Museum Association and holds a Diploma in Fundraising from the Institute of Fundraising.

Philippa Walton PhD (2019-)

Dr Philippa Walton is a Research Fellow at the University of Reading. Educated at Girton College, Cambridge and UCL, her research focuses on the role that artefacts play in understanding life in Roman Britain. Over the past 15 years, she has catalogued the huge assemblage of Romano-British objects from the River Tees at Piercebridge and has published extensively on the use of coinage in the province and was awarded the Blunt Prize for Numismatics by the British Numismatic Society in 2014. She is currently working on a Leverhulme-funded project exploring the function of assemblages of objects found at bridges and river-crossings in the western Roman provinces.

Ellen Swift PhD (2013-)

Dr Ellen Swift is Reader in Roman Archaeology at the University of Kent. Educated at University College London, she has wide research interests in artefact studies as well as the late and post-Roman transition in the West. She has also published on late Roman dress, and Roman and late antique art. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Her most recent book, ‘Artefacts and Society: design, behaviour, and experience’, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. She is currently leading an AHRC funded research project on Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt.

Honorary Secretary

Richard Hobbs BSc PhD FSA


Mr. Duncan King, BA FCA ATII

Former Trustees

Mr. R. Birch
Dr. D. Bird
Prof. A.K. Bowman
Mr H. Orr-Ewing
Dr. C. Johns
Mr. Paul Booth
Prof. Amanda Claridge
Dr. Janet Delaine
Prof. S. Esmonde-Cleary

Jenny Hall
Dr. Richard Hobbs
Dr. Ralph Jackson
Mr. Peter Johnson
Prof. S. Keay
Prof. A.C.King
The Hon Mrs. Mary Ann Marten
Mr. R.Paling
Dr. J. Pearce

Dr. T.W. Potter
Miss J.M. Pye
Lord Rupert Redesdale
Dr. Louise Revell
Prof. P. Salway
Sir John Sykes Bt
Prof. M.Todd
Dr. G.Webster