Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee

Remit (revised 2016)

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

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 at Paible, North Uist. © 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
  • Community / Voluntary Archaeology
  • Education and Archaeology
  • Land Management
  • Local Authority Archaeology
  • Marine 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.
  2. 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.
  2. The committee minutes will be made available on the SAS website, on the Committee page.


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 expertiseNameTitleOrganisationDate to leave Committee
Archaeological Science / University ArchaeologyVacant
Commercial ArchaeologyVacant   
Commercial ArchaeologyVacant
Commercial ArchaeologyDr Andy Heald
(Committee Chair)
DirectorAOC Archaeology2025
Community / VoluntaryAilsa SmithVolunteer ArchaeologistAssociation of Certified Field Archaeologists2024
Education and ArchaeologyJane MillerLearning OfficerArchaeology Scotland2023
Land ManagementDr Daniel RhodesHonorary Senior Research FellowUniversity of Stirling2027
Local Authority ArchaeologyAndrew RobertsonArchaeology & Heritage OfficerEast Lothian Council / ALGAO2025
Marine & Maritime ArchaeologyDr Jon HendersonChancellor’s Fellow in Global ChallengesUniversity of Edinburgh2024
MuseumsDr Sharon WebbDirector & Curator of ArchaeologyKilmartin Museum2024
Museums Galleries ScotlandDevon McHughSenior Partnerships ManagerMuseums Galleries Scotland2025
National Museums ScotlandHugo Anderson-WhymarkSenior Curator, Early PrehistoryNational Museums Scotland2026
Skills and TrainingCara JonesSenior Professional Development and Practice Coordinator (Scotland)Institute for Archaeologists2027
Young PersonEmily JohnstonPhD studentUniversity of Edinburgh2027
ScARFHelen SpencerScARF Project DirectorSociety of Antiquaries of Scotland2025
HES LeadAlex AdamsonHead of Heritage Recording & ArchaeologyHistoric Environment Scotland

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

The Committee would like to thank the following former members:

Kate GearyHead of Professional DevelopmentInstitute for Archaeologists2019-2023
Edward StewartStudentUniversity of Glasgow2018-2022
Kirsty DingwallProject ManagerHeadland Archaeology / FAME2018-2022
Dr Kate BrittonLecturerAberdeen University2016-2022
Dr Rebecca JonesHead of Heritage Recording & ArchaeologyHistoric Environment Scotland2013-2022
Dr Fraser HunterPrincipal Curator of Prehistoric & Roman ArchaeologyNational Museums Scotland2018-2022
Bruce MannArchaeologistAberdeenshire Council2018-2022
Derek AlexanderHead of ArchaeologyNational Trust Scotland 2017-2021
Thomas ReesConsultant ArchaeologistRathmell Archaeology / Federation of Archaeological Managers & Employers (FAME)2017-2021
Jacob O’SullivanCollections & Engagement ManagerMuseums Galleries Scotland2016-2020
Peter ConnellyArchaeologistNorthlight Heritage / FAME2018-2020
Dr Jennifer ThomsLearning OfficerArchaeology Scotland2018-2020
Professor Stephen DriscollProfessor of Historical ArchaeologyUniversity of Glasgow2013-2019
Dr Mark HallHistory OfficerPerth Museum & Art Gallery2013-2018
Peter HintonChief ExecutiveInstitute for Archaeologists2013-2018
Dr Simon GilmourDirectorSociety of Antiquaries of Scotland2013-2018
Eila MacqueenDirectorArchaeology Scotland2013-2018
Robin TurnerHead of Survey & RecordingHistoric Environment Scotland2013-2018
Dr Val TurnerShetland ArchaeologistShetland Amenity Trust2017-2018
Dr Katie StevensonKeeper of Scottish History & ArchaeologyNational Museums Scotland2016-2018
Susan KruseProject OfficerArchaeology for Communities in the Highlands (ARCH)2013-2017
Matt RitchieArchaeologistForestry Commission2013-2017
Dr Chris BowlesArchaeology OfficerScottish Borders Council2013-2016
Dr Alan LeslieDirectorNorthlight Heritage2013-2016
Rod McCullaghDeputy Head of Archaeology StrategyHistoric Environment Scotland2013-2016
Dr Karen MilekSenior LecturerAberdeen University2013-2016
Simon StronachFormer Senior Associate DirectorCgMS Consulting2013-2016
Luke WormaldStrategic Policy ManagerCHED, Scottish Government2013-2015


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2022: January 2022 minutes – April 2022 minutes – July 2022 minutesOctober 2022 minutes

2021: April 2021 minutes – June 2021 minutes – October 2021 minutes

2020: February 2020 minutes – May 2020 minutes – September 2020 minutes

2019: February 2019 minutes – May 2019 minutes – October 2019 minutes

2018: January 2018 minutes – March 2018 minutes – June 2018 minutes – October 2018 minutes

2017: February 2017 minutes – May 2017 minutes – October 2017 minutes

2016: January 2016 minutes – May 2016 minutes – October 2016 minutes

2015: March 2015 minutes – July 2015 minutes – October 2015 minutes

2014: March 2014 minutes – June 2014 minutes – December 2014 minutes

2013: October 2013 minutes