Chairman: Christina Donald is a graduate of Boston University, Massachusetts, USA,
and has an MPhil in Archaeological Studies from Glasgow University. She has been
curator of the Regional and Foreign Archaeology collections at McManus Museums and
Art Gallery, Dundee since 2004, and is a member of the Society of Museum Archaeologists.
Vice-chairman: Steve Liscoe, Fife Council Archaeological Unit, Town House, Kirkcaldy.
Secretary: Gavin Grant is the Collections Development Team Leader for Fife Council
Libraries and Museums. Based in Kirkcaldy, he has responsibility for the local authority
museum collections in Fife which include important archaeological collections at
St Andrews Museum. Gavin is a graduate in history from Strathclyde University and
studied for a postgraduate qualification in Museum Studies from Leicester University
Membership Secretary: Eva Bennett is a member of both the Abertay Historical Society
and the Archaeological Section of the Perthshire Society of Natural Science. She
has been involved in Tayside archaeology since the early 1970s, when she dug at Elcho
Nunnery with Dr Margaret Stewart. Eva is responsible for maintaining the list of
corresponding members and distributing material to them.
Treasurer: John Sherriff is an Investigator with the Royal Commission on the Ancient
and Historical Monuments of Scotland. A native of Perth, he graduated with an honours
degree in Archaeology from University College, Cardiff in 1978. Following a spell
with Angus District Museums (1980-84), he joined RCAHMS in 1986 and has since undertaken
survey in Perthshire, Dumfriess-shire and Aberdeenshire.
Editor: Lisbeth Thoms is a freelance archaeologist/heritage adviser working from
home in Monifieth, Angus, and was formerly Heritage Services Manager with Dundee
City Council. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, she has a postgraduate Diploma
in Archaeology from the University of Durham. A founder member of TAFAC in the mid
1970s, she directed one of the first urban excavations in Perth at St Ann's Lane
in 1974. She was TAFAC Chairman from 1983 to 1985 and became Editor of the Tayside
and Fife Archaeological Journal in 1998. She was awarded the MBE in the 2008 New
Year Honours List for services to Conservation in Scotland.
Assistant Editor: Derek Hall gained a Certificate in Practical Archaeology from the
Dorset Institute of Higher Education and from 1976 to 1980 worked on excavations
throughout Scotland and England. In 1980 he joined the Urban Archaeology Unit, the
predecessor of SUAT Ltd. After a spell as a Senior Supervisor (1982-85) on several
major excavations, he was appointed Field Officer, and eventually Depute Director.
He has an extensive knowledge of Scottish burgh archaeology and considerable experience
in the study and identification of Scottish medieval pottery. Since the demise of
SUAT in July 2009 he as set himself up as a sole trader.
Rachel Benvie is Curator of Montrose and Brechin Museums. Originally from Hertfordshire,
she graduated with an MA in Archaeology from Cambridge University in 1985, and gained
a postgraduate qualification in Museum Studies at Leicester University. She came
to Montrose as Assitant Curator in 1987 and became Curator in 1991. She served as
Chairman of TAFAC from 2008-2011.
Archie Dick is a Physics teacher at Forfar Academy. He graduated from Edinburgh University
with an honours degree in Physics in 1979 and after a number of years on the digging
circuit he entered the teaching profession. He returned to archaeology in an amateur
capacity in 1989 and has worked mainly in the Kirriemuir area. He is currently excavating
a Neolithic and Iron Age site at Auchlishie.
Mark Hall is the History Officer at Perth Museum & Art Gallery (Perth & Kinross Council),
where he is chiefly responsible for the management of the archaeology collection.
He hails from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, and attended the universities of Sheffield
and Leicester. Since 1984 he has worked on a diverse number of archaeological sites
and in a variety of museums, coming to Perth in 1995. He has been a member of TAFAC
since 1995 and was its Chairman from 1997-2004. In addition he is a member of the
TAFAC editorial sub-committee.
Alan Hunter is a longstanding member of Perthshire Society of Natural Science Archaeological
Oliver Lewis is an Inspector of Ancient Monuments with Historic Scotland.
Catherine Smith is a faunal remains specialist, living in Perth, who worked for SUAT
Ltd and now for Alder Archaeology.
Paula Martin studied Classics at Bristol and Classical Archaeology at Oxford, and
later gained a PhD from Dundee for a thesis on Cupar, and is employed 80% as editor
of the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, 10% as a tutor for the OU,
and the rest of the time on other projects. Her books include a series of privately-published
local guides and, under Birlinn’s imprint, A Historical Guide to Lochaber, and Cupar:
the History of a Small Scottish town. She designed and maintains the TAFAC website.
Douglas Speirs is the Regional Archaeologist for Fife based with Fife Council in
Kirkcaldy. Raised in the Scottish Borders, he graduated from Glasgow University with
an honours MA degree in Archaeology and Scottish Medieval History. After working
in the commercial archaeological sector he returned to university to graduate in
1993 with a M.Lit Archaeology degree (St Andrews). He was appointed Assistant Keeper
(Research) with Aberdeen City Archaeological Unit before leaving in 1999 to take
up his present position in which he is responsible for the management of the archaeological
resource of Fife. His personal interests lie in the area of medieval archaeology
and palaeography, subjects which he continues to research through his part-time PhD
David Strachan is a graduate of Cardiff University and has previously been employed
by Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical
Monuments of Scotland, and the Heritage Conservation Group of Essex County Council.
Appointed as Archaeologist with Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust in 2000, he is now
Manager and responsible for the varied work of the Trust.
Clare Thomas is an archaeological consultant, specialising in medieval leather. She
used to teach part-time at Perth College. She graduated with an honours degree in
archaeology and history from the University of Southampton in 1972. She lives near
Aberfeldy, and is a member of the Breadalbane Heritage Society. She has been on TAFAC
since 1988, and was vice-chairman for 6 years from 1994.
Ann Watters is Chair of the Kirkcaldy Civic Society, which has been established for
over 26 years and is concerned with recording information about Kirkcaldy's past,
protecting interesting buildings, and ensuring, where possible, that the principles
of good town planning are maintained. She is also Secretary of the Save Wemyss Ancient
Caves Society (SWACS), which is concerned with the protection of the caves and their
promotion through education. In the 2008 New Year Honours Ann was awarded a MBE for
services to heritage in Fife.