The current line-up is a dedicated and enthusiastic bunch committed to the ongoing success of the society. The committee is currently made of of eight members.
Chair: Freya Horsfield
Freya is a landscape researcher, who holds a first degree in Archaeology from UCL, and a Masters in Landscape Archaeology, GIS and Virtual Environments from Birmingham University. Her doctoral research at Durham University investigates the landscapes associated with Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire. Freya is also a teacher (Fellow, Higher Educational Academy) interested in the development of adult digital skills.
Membership Secretary: Sara Gibson
A member of TAS since 2014, Sara has served on the committee since 2015 as secretary, then membership secretary. These roles include taking minutes of meetings, writing occasional descriptions of TAS lectures, processing memberships/renewals and keeping members’ details up-to-date and safe. Sara became interested in archaeology when, after many years of being dragged round museums, she discovered the wonders of the British Museum’s European galleries, especially the early iron age bronze shields. She retired from her career as a patent attorney and recently completed a Masters degree in conservation of archaeological historical objects at Durham University: more rusty nails than ceremonial bronze shields! Sara also enjoys taking part in occasional archaeological fieldwork as a volunteer.
Communications Outreach: Kira-May Charley
Kira joined the committee in 2016 and has been updating the website, Facebook and Twitter page ever since. Kira also manages the mailing list and sends frequent emails to members, usually lecture reminders or volunteer opportunities. Having graduated a History degree at Teesside University in 2018, Kira is now studying towards a Master’s degree in Historical Archaeology at the University of York. Her main interest is in the archaeology of ritual deposits attributed to witchcraft within slave communities in the Caribbean. She is also specifically interested in material culture and the ways in which this can be interpreted to understand the social and cultural history of different communities. Kira took part in her first dig at the age of 16 and has loved archaeology ever since.
Treasurer: Callum Evans
Callum joined the committee in 2019 as treasurer. A History graduate from Teesside University, Callum enjoys attending lectures and visiting museums. His interests are in the material culture of the Reformation, specifically architecture, and he is currently studying to complete a Master’s degree in Early Modern History at the University of York. As treasurer, he is responsible for all financial aspects of the society.
Editor and Hospitality: Maureen Norrie
Originally from Northern Ireland, Maureen studied medicine at Queen’s University, Belfast, and practised as a doctor in the north-east until retiring a few years ago. She has had a life-long amateur interest in archaeology and in pre-history, and a lot of holidays have managed to involve these one way or another. Currently she is studying for an Open University Humanities degree, including modules on classical studies and ‘world archaeology’ – essentially, a brief history of humans and human societies from around 10,000 BCE through to historical times.
Without Portfolio: Dave Errickson
David is a Forensic Anthropologist and part time lecturer in crime scene science at Teesside University. His background is in archaeology having achieved a BSc
Archaeology and MSc Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Science. David has currently submitted his PhD in Forensic Anthropology with a focus on 3D imaging techniques in the anthropological context, specifically traumatic lesions and animal gnawing on human bones.
Without Portfolio: Bruce Webb-Ireland
Bruce works for an oil company in North Yorkshire. He began studying archaeology while working in Dublin however moved back to England to complete his degree, achieving a BA in Archaeology with Leicester University in 2012. An exiled Geordie, Bruce has developed a passion for the heritage of our region.
Without Portfolio: Mike Butler
Mike was elected to the committee back in the mists of time and served as Treasurer until 2015. Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the committee and is Director of Mining and Minerals at Jacobs.
The Committee welcomes your feedback, questions, suggestions and news.