Steering Committee

This Committee consists of the Management Team and representatives of Project Partners. Their role involves:

  1. Advising on and approving research projects with tripartite supervision
  2. Approving the academic calendar and the SEAHA Handbook
  3. Following the academic progression of students
  4. Advising on and approving individual student training programmes, particularly combinations of MRes modules, in order to ensure suitable cross-disciplinary learning.

Particularly in this respect, the Committee works closely with supervisors.


Barney Sloane, Historic England

barney-sloaneBarney Sloane heads the department in Historic England responsible for strategic research, grants and capacity-building.

With a degree in archaeology and ancient history, he spent 13 years working with what is now Museum of London Archaeology, recording analysing and publishing the results of major rescue excavations in the capital. Between 1999 and 2003 he conducted an AHRC-funded research project on medieval death, before joining English Heritage – now Historic England. He is currently Vice President of the European Archaeological Council, and acts as the Chair of the SEAHA Steering Committee.




May Cassar, UCL

Professor May Cassar is the Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and the Bartlett Vice Dean of Public Policy.  May is also a member of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s Science Advisory Council. May currently directs the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology, a multi-million pound UK Government investment to educate to doctoral level the next generation of heritage scientists. As the Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Science and Heritage Programme (2007-2014) and as Special Adviser to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Inquiry on Science and Heritage (2005-2006), May has led the resurgence of heritage science research activity in the UK over the last decade for which she has been recognised by the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association with the award of the Plowden Gold Medal in 2012.

Eileen Cox, Natural History Museum

eileen-cox-photo2Eileen Cox is Head of Postgraduate Studies at the Natural History Museum, with prime responsibility for organising, co-ordinating and delivering the training and support of PhD students co-supervised by NHM staff. She also sits on the management boards of other doctoral training partnerships in which the museum is a hosting partner, facilitating research collaborations and contributing to their various activities. Originally studying botany at Bristol University, her own research focussed on diatoms (a group of microalgae), including aspects of their taxonomy, systematics, ecology and wall ontogeny, working in both the UK (Universities of Bristol, Oxford and Sheffield; NHM) and Germany (Biologische Anstalt Helgoland (Litoralstation) and Max-Planck-Institute for Limnology). Having published over 120 papers and previously edited the European Journal of Phycology, she is currently Editor in chief of Diatom Research.

Roger Evans, University of Brighton

Roger Evans is a Reader in Computer Science in the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, University of Brighton, UK. His research explores applications of computer technology particularly to problems which involve the use of natural (human) languages and with a specific focus on lexicalist approaches. Recent projects have focused on text mining and semantic metadata in Digital Humanities and Cultural Informatics, funded by the AHRC, the Digging into Data challenge and the European Commission. Roger studied Mathematics at Warwick and Cambridge before obtaining a DPhil in Cognitive Studies (Computational Linguistics) at Sussex in 1987. He was Deputy Head of the Information Technology Research Institute at Brighton, is a former SERC Advanced Fellow and a current member of the EPSRC College. He is the SEAHA co-director for the University of Brighton.

Kate Frame, Historic Royal Palaces

Kate Frame works for Historic Royal Palaces as Head of Conservation and Collection Care, Collections Management planning, facilitating and developing the palaces’ programmes she established from 1999 that integrate conservation with revenue generation. Her current responsibilities include accountability for Heritage Science research at HRP, which focusses on conservation study of large-scale hanging historic textiles and is delivered by HRP’s scientists. Kate is leading a Technical Conservation Research Programme, 2016-2022, for the protection and conservation of the ceiling paintings of the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens. Prior Kate worked as first conservator for the Canadian City of Toronto’s heritage sites creating programmes to conserve that city’s museum and outdoor public art collections.

Robin Higgons, QI3

robin-higgons-2As Managing Director of Qi3, Robin is a specialist in international technology marketing at the highest level, focusing on strategy, marketing, sales, and technology translation. His private clients range from large corporations such as Unilever, Lockheed Martin, Selex, and Elekta, through SMEs and Venture Capital Funds, to start-up companies. In the public sector, Robin has led major market evaluation and engagement projects for the European Space Agency, UK Space Agency, and the Technology Strategy Board. His academic clients include UK Research Councils, and a wide range of Universities. He is also an Advisory Board member of Algenuity Ltd.Robin has a long track record of success in finding and exploiting new markets, launching disruptive new products, rapidly growing market share, and increasing profitability through market driven change. In previous roles, Robin has extensive experience of marketing, sales and general management in a broad range of global corporations including Air Products, Raychem, Pall, Oxford Instruments, and Halma. In his spare time, Robin is a keen choral singer and Chairman of the Fairhaven Singers (

Pip Laurenson, Tate

pip-laurensonPip has over twenty years of experience in the conservation of contemporary art beginning her career in Sculpture Conservation and going on to establish and lead Tate’s pioneering Time-based Media Conservation section from 1996 until 2010. In her current role Pip develops, leads and supports research related to the conservation and management of Tate’s collections. In championing the role of research practitioners as a central part of what it means for a contemporary art museum to be a research organisation, Pip is committed to interdisciplinary research that serves and responds to art of our time. Pip has secured awards for research from a range of funders including private foundations, the European Union framework programme and the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council. She received her doctorate from University College London, is an accredited member of the Institute for Conservation, a trustee of the UK’s National Heritage Science Forum, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA).

Marcos Martinon-Torres, UCL

martinon-torres-2017-24364Marcos Martinón-Torres is Professor of Archaeological Science at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where he co-ordinates an MSc in Archaeological Science and leads a team of researchers working on ancient materials and technologies. His work focuses on the application of instrumental analyses to archaeological artefacts, often in combination with experimental replications. His research interests span the globe, examining metallurgical practices and broader technologies in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Some prominent projects include the archaeology of alchemy and chemistry in the early modern world, the making of China’s Terracotta Army, and technical studies of goldwork and other metals in the Americas. He is author of over 120 publications in several languages and has delivered over 100 invited talks in some 20 countries, in addition to numerous contributions to popular media.

Stuart Robson, UCL

stuart-robson-1Stuart Robson leads UCL’s 3DIMPact research group which carries out a wide variety of scientific and applied research directed towards the acquisition and understanding of accurate, precise and reliable measurements of a diverse range of natural and manmade objects and structures. Examples of Stuart’s work include structural testing and robotic inspection (Airbus); wind tunnel and space structure photogrammetry (NASA); optimising deformation monitoring for the railway industry (Network Rail); the creation of standards artefacts and metrology best practice (NPL); “Light Controlled Factory” producing next generation large volume measurement systems for the factories of the future and; “Luminar” real-time environmental refraction mitigation over long sight lines.

Matija Strlic, UCL

Matija is Deputy Director of the CDT SEAHA, as well as Deputy Director of UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and Course Director of the MRes SEAHA. Matija chairs the Heritage Science Committee of the UK Institute of Conservation and is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Arts. In 2015, he received the Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia Award for outstanding achievements in heritage science and international collaboration.



Ulrich Tiedau, UCL

uliUlrich Tiedau is a Senior Lecturer in the UCL Department of Dutch and SEAHA Tutor. He has worked on and across the boundaries of the humanities and technology for most of his professional life in areas like publishing, librarianship and academia. He is also an Associate Director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities and editor-in-chief of Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies which in December 2009 has been awarded an honourable mention in the Phoenix Prize for Significant Editorial Achievement by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ).



Heather Viles, University of Oxford

heather-vilesHeather Viles is a geographer with major interests in geomorphology and heritage science. Much of her research focuses on the application of science to heritage conservation. She is currently Professor of Biogeomorphology and Heritage Conservation and Head of the School of Geography and the Environment. Her research is highly interdisciplinary and involves studies at the interface of geomorphology with ecology, engineering geology, environmental chemistry and materials conservation.

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