Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee

The Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee was formed in 2013 following a review of the Archaeology function at Historic Scotland.

Remit (revised 2016)

The Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee (SSAC) will be an informal group, representing key partners / interests, to help with the development and delivery of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy.

Community excavation Pailbe
Community excavation Pailbe (copyright Tom Dawson)


The aims of the SSAC are to:

  1. Help create, promote and deliver Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy
  2. Offer advice and guidance to the Archaeology Team within Historic Environment Scotland
  3. Represent key areas of expertise in the sector


Key areas to be supported by the Committee include:

  • Development and promotion of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy
    • Development of a regularly updated implementation plan
    • Oversight of delivery
  • Discussion of timescales, funding and priorities for areas to be addressed


  1. The SSAC will include members with expertise in the following key areas:
  • Archaeological Science
  • Commercial Archaeology
  • Clients / Development interests
  • Community / Voluntary Archaeology
  • Education and Archaeology
  • Land Management
  • Local Authority Archaeology
  • Museums (including the National Museums Scotland)
  • The Professional Institution (Chartered Institute for Archaeologists)
  • University Archaeology
  • Others as deemed appropriate
  1. There will be links to the Scottish Archaeological Research Framework (ScARF), and also to the Built Environment Forum Scotland (BEFS) when appropriate. Committee members can represent multiple areas on the committee. Others will be invited to attend as necessary, particularly representatives of relevant working groups.
  1. Committee members will serve 4 year terms – although the first group of committee members will serve between 2-5 years to ensure that there isn’t a sudden change of membership 4 years after starting. Members will only serve one term to ensure regular change of personnel and dynamism to the committee.

The Chair will come from within the committee but not be a member of HES staff. HES will provide necessary administrative support to the Chair.

  1. The group will aim to meet three times a year.
  1. The minutes will be made available on the SAS website –


The Group will consider its progress against its remit and report to the Chief Executive of HES on an annual basis, recognising HES’s lead role in the delivery of Our Place in Time. It will liaise with the relevant groups of Going Further as necessary.

The members of the Committee are as follows:

Area of expertise Name Title Organisation Date to leave Committee
Archaeological Science Dr Kate Britton Lecturer Aberdeen University 2020
Commercial Archaeology Thomas Rees Consultant Archaeologist Rathmell Archaeology / Federation of Archaeological Managers & Employers (FAME) 2021
Commercial Archaeology Kirsty Dingwall Project Manager Headland Archaeology / FAME 2022
Clients / Development Interests Peter Connelly Archaeologist Northlight Heritage / FAME 2020
Education and Archaeology Dr Jennifer Thoms Learning Officer Archaeology Scotland 2023
Land Management Derek Alexander Head of Archaeology National Trust Scotland 2021
Local Authority Archaeology Bruce Mann Archaeologist Aberdeenshire Council / ALGAO 2022
Museums Vacant
Museums Galleries Scotland Jacob O’Sullivan Collections & Engagement Manager Museums Galleries Scotland 2020
National Museums Scotland Dr Fraser Hunter Principal Curator of Prehistoric & Roman Archaeology National Museums Scotland 2022
Skills and Training Kate Geary (& Cara Jones) Head of Professional Development Institute for Archaeologists 2023
University Archaeology Professor Stephen Driscoll Professor of Historical Archaeology University of Glasgow 2019
ScARF Helen Spencer ScARF Project Director Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 2023
HES Archaeology Dr Rebecca Jones Head of Archaeology & World Heritage Historic Environment Scotland

In addition, others may be invited to attend as appropriate.

The Committee would like to thank the following former members:

Dr Mark Hall History Officer Perth Museum & Art Gallery 2013-2018
Peter Hinton Chief Executive Institute for Archaeologists 2013-2018
Dr Simon Gilmour Director Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 2013-2018
Eila Macqueen Director Archaeology Scotland 2013-2018
Robin Turner Head of Survey & Recording Historic Environment Scotland 2013-2018
Dr Val Turner Shetland Archaeologist Shetland Amenity Trust 2017-2018
Dr Katie Stevenson Keeper of Scottish History & Archaeology National Museums Scotland 2016 – 2018
Susan Kruse Project Officer Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH) 2013 – 2017
Matt Ritchie Archaeologist Forestry Commission 2013 – 2017
Dr Chris Bowles Archaeology Officer Scottish Borders Council 2013 – 2016
Dr Alan Leslie Director Northlight Heritage 2013 – 2016
Rod McCullagh Deputy Head of Archaeology Strategy Historic Environment Scotland 2013 – 2016
Dr Karen Milek Senior Lecturer Aberdeen University 2013 – 2016
Simon Stronach Former Senior Associate Director CgMS Consulting 2013 – 2016
Luke Wormald Strategic Policy Manager CHED, Scottish Government 2013 – 2015

Minutes –

2013 October
2014 March June December
2015 March July October
2016 January May October
2017 February May October
2018 January