PCA has established a considerable reputation for providing its clients with professional heritage services, for not losing sight of commercial realities and for being accountable. The company employs more than 150 full time professional staff many of whom have worked on projects throughout Europe and further afield. Below you will find profiles of some of the team whom might be your first port of call when dealing with PCA:
Meet the Team
Josephine Brown BA (Cantab)
Josephine is very honoured and somewhat awed to have taken over the reins at PCA. She has worked in archaeology since 1986, initially as a field archaeologist, then site supervisor and draughtsperson. She worked for 12 years at the DUA/MoLAS, where she helped develop the use of computer graphics and GIS. In 1998 Josephine joined PCA as Director, and Manager of the Graphics Department, where she worked on the drawings for innumerable reports and publications, including most recently the Alnwick Gardens and Thameslink 1 Monographs. The administrative responsibilities that being a Company Director entailed led to her stepping down from that role in July 2018 although she still maintains oversight for graphics, survey and photography within the company, and also continues to be involved in the production of graphics for certain publications and monographs. One of her other areas of responsibility has been overseeing the ISO9001:2015 quality assurance accreditation, and she is very keen to maintain high standards and efficient working throughout the business. Among her recent achievements as Director, she has been instrumental in setting up the career progression and paybanding for PCA staff, and helped improve internal procedures. She has had one of the key roles in keeping the company up and running during the pandemic, including the implementation and oversight of fulough arrangements and payments, as well as being involved in many HR matters and negotiating regularly with the Trades Union.
She looks forward to working with the Board of Directors and all the PCA staff, as well as clients, consultants, and colleagues in the industry, in her new role.
Direct Line: 07921 879 228
Peter Moore BA (Hons)
Peter Moore has worked as an archaeologist for 40 years, of which the last 30 have been based in London and the south of England. He spent 5 years as a project manager in Newham Museum Service, where he was responsible for archaeological planning advice to the London Borough of Waltham Forest and for undertaking English Heritage's major archaeological investigations at Tilbury Fort. He joined PCA as a Project Manager in 1996 and became a Director in 1998. Peter has negotiated and run major archaeological projects across the country including the Shadwell Roman bath complex in Tower Hamlets, Southwark Cathedral's Millennium Project, the Victoria Centre in Belfast, Bermondsey Abbey in Southwark, the M74 Motorway Completion in Glasgow, Thameslink & London Bridge Improvement Works. As well as having special responsibility for finance, Peter helped in the development of PCA into one of the largest and most respected archaeological companies in the country, and continues actively in its management.
Direct Line: 020 7358 8955
Victoria Ridgeway BA (Hons), MLitt, MCIfA
Vicki has worked as an archaeologist for over 30 years, primarily in London, where she supervised several projects in the City. She joined PCA in 1995, initially as a supervisor, before moving to the post-excavation team in 1999. Since 2004 she has been responsible for the management, editing and production of PCA’s monograph series and other in-house publications. Recent significant publications include the British Museum, King’s Cross and Tabard Square, Southwark; ongoing major publication programs include Drapers’ Gardens and Fenchurch Street in the City and the rail infrastructure project at Thameslink, Southwark. Her career has involved collaboration in the excavation and publication of complex urban sites of all periods, ranging from the prehistoric period to early modern, across Greater London and beyond, recently working on the publication of major excavation and building recording work at Alnwick Castle Gardens in Northumberland.
Chris Mayo BA (Hons) MCIfA
Chris Mayo started as an archaeologist in 1999 on sites in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire before working as a field archaeologist in London. He joined PCA in September 1999 and commenced supervising in 2000, working on a wide variety of large-scale projects including Southwark Cathedral, The Royal Arsenal, Victoria Square in Belfast, Fort Warden on the Isle of Wight and Fulham Palace. Since 2006 he has been project managing for PCA, with roles including client advice, project initialization and human resources.
Direct Line: 020 7358 8954
Mark Hinman BA (Hons) MCIfA
Mark is a Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists (MIFA) and has worked as a professional archaeologist since completing his degree 1985. He has managed and directed a wide variety of archaeological projects covering all periods from 5th millennium BC to the modern period in Britain, Europe and the Middle East. Throughout his career Mark has worked extensively throughout the Midlands and East Anglia with a good track record of delivery on major projects and collaborative ventures. Since starting the Cambridge office of PCA in 2011 the regional business has grown rapidly and now includes a second office in Norwich which has been established to better service our clients demands for our services.
Direct Line: 01223 492 271
Helen Hawkins BA (Hons), MA, MCIfA
Helen Hawkins has worked in archaeology for 18 years, the first four of which were spent as a field archaeologist and site supervisor with PCA, managing sites in London, Manchester and Darlington. Helen then joined Scott Wilson Ltd as an Archaeological Consultant, where she specialised in Environmental Statements and design of archaeological mitigation schemes, providing archaeological advice for road schemes, sewage treatment works, pipelines and large scale regeneration projects. Helen rejoined PCA in October 2007 as a project manager and is responsible for designing and managing fieldwork projects, Cultural Heritage Environmental Statements and client liaison. She has provided heritage advice to local councils, utility companies, housebuilders, housing associations and land banks amongst others.
Direct Line: 020 7358 8952
Gary Brown BA (Hons) FSA
After 27 years, Gary Brown has retired as Managing Director of PCA and resigned his role as a Company Director. He will however become an Associate of the company where his primary roles are to assist the Board of Directors and to assist with developing new business. Gary founded the company in 1993 after many years’ experience as an archaeologist in the City of London and before that, in Lincolnshire.
During the past almost 3 decades there have been numerous stand out projects, such as excavations at Tabard Square in Southwark or the Olympic Park (with MoLAS), but he was equally thrilled by the results of smaller projects and those undertaken by the PCA offices outside of London. He oversaw the company grow from a one room office by the Creek in Deptford to one operating from six offices around England and employing over 150 staff. One of his proudest achievements, although he does not take personal credit, is the fine publication record of the company and in particular its monograph series.
He is proud of his legacy and looks forward to watching his colleagues take the company into the next phase of its evolution.
Direct Line: 020 7358 8951
Charlotte Matthews BA (Hons) MCIfA
Charlotte Matthews has 30 years’ experience in the Heritage Sector and worked as a senior project manager at Wessex Archaeology before joining PCA in 2008. Head of Historic Buildings and Landscapes, she specialises in buildings archaeology, heritage assessment and conservation planning, as well as post-excavation analysis and publication.
Direct Line: 020 7358 8958
Jenny Proctor BA (Hons), MA, MCIfA
Jennifer began work for PCA in London in 1995 and since 2000 has been working in the Durham office, initially as a supervisor, then Post-Excavation Manager and, since 2016, as the Durham Office Regional Manager. She has successfully managed many archaeological projects from Berwick-upon-Tweed to Manchester, including archaeological Desk-Based Assessments, evaluations, excavations and publications. Her specialisations include managing large archaeological sites in rural and urban locations, irrespective of period or complexity. Jenny is client- and project- focused; she successfully completes projects on time and within budget to discharge the appropriate planning condition.
Direct Line: 0191 389 5091
Aaron studied Archaeology at Auckland University and worked as an archaeologist in New Zealand prior to moving to the UK in 1998 where he worked on a broad range of sites with various archaeological contractors before joining PCA Durham Office in 2006. For the last 13 years of his career with PCA he has successfully managed numerous archaeological projects including desk-based assessments, evaluations, excavations and excavations. Now in his role as Project Manager his responsibilities involve liaising with clients, development control archaeologists and the media (for publicity purposes) to ensure that each site is completed to the appropriate standards.
Direct Line: 0191 389 5092
Gary Taylor BA (Hons), MA, MSc, MCIfA
Gary has been involved in archaeology since 1980, initially in the northwest of England. Subsequently he spent several years in the West Midlands (Solihull, Worcestershire) and moved to Lincolnshire in 1993. Working as a Project Manager and latterly Senior Manager for a local archaeological company, Gary designed and oversaw many archaeological projects, of varying scales, throughout England and Wales. His wide range of experience includes projects in urban and rural contexts and his long period based in Lincolnshire provided him with detailed knowledge of the archaeology of the East Midlands. He is also an affiliate member of the IHBC. He joined PCA in 2017 and became Regional Manager at PCA’s Newark office in 2018.
Direct Line: 01636 817 642
Tim Bradley BA (Hons) MCIfA
Tim has been an archaeologist since graduating from the University of Southampton in 1998. He started his career working as a field archaeologist in London, excavating on numerous sites around the capital including Spitalfields. He joined PCA in 2000, commencing as a field archaeologist and then progressed to Supervisor/Senior Supervisor. He took up the role of Senior Project Manager in 2004. Tim has managed many archaeological projects including the large urban excavation in Draper’s Gardens, City of London, Royal Clarence Dock Yards, Portsmouth; the Water Gardens, Bushy Park; Kew Palace and Kensington Palace. Tim became Regional Manager of the Warwick office in July 2017.
Direct Line: 01926 485 490
Jon Webster BA (Hons)
Jon joined PCA Warwick from Wardell Armstrong in October 2017. He is skilled at managing all aspects of commercial archaeology from business development and tendering to project design and seeing projects through from inception to completion. This includes negotiating with archaeological advisors to agree methodologies and providing clients with the best site-specific advice, managing heritage projects in as smooth and timely a fashion as possible.
Jon has managed all types of projects from photo rectification, desk-based assessments and environmental impact assessments, through watching briefs and field evaluations to full excavations and building recording on sites across the UK.
Direct Line: 01926 485 490
Peter Crawley BA (Hons) MCIfA
Peter is a Project Manager with PCA’s East Anglia offices. Peter is a long-term Norwich resident with extensive experience of working in the City. He has a good track record in the management and delivery of many sites across the region and has gained a sound knowledge of East Anglian Archaeology. He has worked as an archaeologist since graduating from the University of Leicester in 1993. Following work in Colchester, Winchester and West Yorkshire Peter has worked on many prestigious projects including The Tower of London, Hampton Court and Fishbourne Roman Palace, the Chateau De Mayenne in France and Zeugma in Turkey.
Direct Line: 01223 492 276
Simon Carlyle BSc, MSc, MCIfA
Simon joined PCA in 2018 having been an archaeological Project Manager since 2009. Simon’s professional archaeological career started in 1999 as a Project Assistant in Tempsford, Bedfordshire. Since then Simon has worked on numerous sites across the Midlands, East Anglia and beyond. As a Project Manager he has been responsible for managing a wide range of projects from evaluations for small housing developments to large multi-site excavations for major developments and infrastructure projects. He also has an established publications record, with articles published in local and regional archaeological journals and as monographs.
Direct Line: 01223 492 275
Christiane Meckseper BA (Hons), MSc, MCIfA
Christiane has worked in commercial archaeology since graduating from the University of York in 1992. She joined PCA in 2017 and before this worked in a variety of locations (some quite exotic), but for the most part in the east of England. Christiane has experience of managing a wide range of archaeological investigations in an urban and rural context, taking projects through post-excavation assessment and analysis to publication, with many sites published in local journals. In the early 2000s Christiane undertook a MSc in Information Systems and worked for the University of Sheffield in the field of electronic publication and humanities computing.
Direct Line: 01223 492 272
Tom Woolhouse MA (Cantab), MCIfA
Tom has worked in commercial archaeology for 13 years, primarily in southern and eastern England. He joined PCA in 2012 as a Senior Archaeologist, directing fieldwork projects across East Anglia and helping to manage the new Cambridge office’s publication programme, before becoming a Project Manager in 2017. As well as running field projects, Tom has extensive experience managing post-excavation analysis and has published widely in local and regional archaeological journals, national journals including Britannia and British Archaeology magazine, book reviews in Medieval Archaeology and Medieval Settlement Research, and monographs in the series East Anglian Archaeology. He is particularly interested in the late Roman to early medieval transition and in the archaeology of rural settlements and landscapes throughout prehistory and history.
Direct Line: 01223 492 278
Paul McCulloch BA (Hons) MCIfA
Paul has worked in archaeology for over 30 years. He has worked in many historic towns and cities, as a field archaeologist and archaeological project manager, including London, St Albans, Chichester and Winchester in the UK and Milan, Italy, and Carthage, Tunisia. He has also managed large projects on housing developments, mineral extraction sites, and pipelines. Beginning his career as an urban archaeologist in London, he has broadened his interests to include the multi-period landscapes of the Chalk Downs and the Thames Valley. Paul brings to PCA not just great archaeological experience but also his ability to gain the confidence of clients and deliver projects in a timely and efficient manner.
Direct Line: 01962 857 331
Zbigniew Pozorski MCIfA
Zbigniew gained experience in field archaeology working as a student on numerous excavations across southwest Poland on behalf of academic institutions and commercial units. He started as professional archaeologist in 2000 and has worked on both urban and rural projects, developing a special interest in medieval and early post-medieval urban development. Since 2008 he has worked on a variety of projects across London, the South-East and East Anglia, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the regions’ heritage, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the UK planning process in relation to heritage. Zbigniew joined PCA in 2017 and manages projects in London and the surrounding area and supports other members of the management team. He is also responsible for the implementation and running of PCA’s CIfA accredited Training Scheme.
Direct Line: 020 7358 8957
Jon Butler BA (Hons) Oxon
Jon Butler has almost 30 years’ experience as an archaeologist, having worked previously for the Museum of London and in Germany for almost 5 years. He joined PCA in 1996 and progressed from supervisor, to project manager and is currently a Post-Excavation Manger. He has project managed large scale sites including the Royal Arsenal, Fulham Palace, the Salvation Army International Headquarters in the City of London and the Shippam’s site in Chichester. As Post-Excavation Manager he is responsible for the production of client assessment reports and ultimately publication reports, including those for such major sites as the Shippam’s site in Chichester, Drapers’ Gardens and Caroone House, both in the City of London.
Direct Line: 020 7358 2192
Lucy Whittingham BA (Hons) FSA
Lucy joined PCA in November 2017 as a post-excavation manager following nine years’ experience in London in a similar role. She has overseen the publication of a diverse range of sites across all periods of occupation. In addition, Lucy has an extensive publication record as a post-Roman pottery specialist for various areas of the UK. Lucy oversees a portfolio of London projects with responsibility for costing and designing the PX element of projects and contributing to the quality of the post-excavation process through to publication and archive deposition.
Direct Line: 020 7358 8966
Alex joined PCA as a Post-Excavation Manager in June 2018. He advises on and directly oversees the post-excavation element of a wide range of projects across four of PCA’s regional branch offices (Winchester, Warwick, Newark and Durham).
Prior to Joining PCA Alex worked for a number of organisations on projects across the Midlands and Humber region, gaining extensive experience of post-excavation management and programme coordination. Alex is also an established and published pottery specialist with expertise in both Roman and post-Roman ceramics.
Direct Line: 01636 817 641
Nathalie Barrett BA (Hons) Archaeology, MA (Dist) Landscape Archaeology, MCIfA
Until her recent return to PCA as Survey Manager Nathalie combined a part-time position as Lecturer in Archaeological Geomatics at the University of Winchester with work as a freelance landscape archaeologist working with consultancies, commercial units and community groups, both undertaking field survey projects and delivering training and skills development in topographical and geophysical surveying techniques. How new technologies can improve heritage recording and analysis in terms of efficiency and quality in both process and end-product has developed from a research interest into an important part of her current role at PCA. PCA’s survey team works in collaboration with our Historic Buildings and Landscapes and our Graphics teams to bring new technology and greater flexibility to our projects in London and across our Regional offices.
Nathalie has been Secretary of the Landscape Survey Group since 2014. The Landscape Survey Group provides a forum for those carrying out or using archaeological landscape surveys, and aims to maintain a body of experienced and committed practitioners, raise awareness of the research potential of landscape survey and raise standards in landscape survey.
Direct Line: 01962 857 332
Caroline Edwards MA
Caroline joined PCA in April 2018 as the company’s first HR Officer. Previously, she set up and ran HR for a family-run business in New Covent Garden Market where she worked for several years, whilst obtaining an MA in Human Resource Management.
Prior to living in the UK, Caroline combined her MA (single Hons) in English Literature with a CELTA/TEFL certificate and taught Business English as a foreign language for both private and publicly funded companies in Barcelona.
Caroline is the HR point of contact and advisor for all the PCA offices, providing impartial advice and support for employees and managers alike. She is also part of the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) team at PCA; a group of three, all trained in helping establish wellbeing for staff and providing an outlet for anyone who needs help and guidance for both professional and personal concerns.
Graham Sherwood BSc (Hons)
Graham is responsible for managing and overseeing PCA’s information technology Infrastructure across all offices. Graham has extensive experience co-ordinating complex IT projects from development to installation and acts as a liaison between clients, consultants and management. Graham manages and provides support for all aspects of information technology across the company.
Alistair Douglas BA (Hons), PGCE, NEBOSH, MCIFA
Alistair joined PCA in 1996 having formerly worked with Newham Museum Service, and the Department of Urban Archaeology Museum of London. He has a long career and expertise in excavating and supervising deeply stratified archaeological sites in the London region. Alistair’s current role in PCA is Health and Safety Manager and Training Coordinator while still undertaking selected post-excavation projects.
Direct Line: 020 7358 8964