Stewart Angus is a Policy & Advice Manager in Scottish Natural Heritage, giving specialist advice on coastal habitats: sand dunes, machair, shingle, cliffs, saltmarsh and saline lagoons. He has over 30 years' experience in professional conservation, and was SNH's inaugural Area Manager for the Western Isles. During his time in his native Lewis, he was Secretary of the archaeological NGO Cearcall Chalanais, working with the University of Edinburgh in island archaeology, but with the primary (successful) objective of establishing a visitor centre near the Calanais Stones. He founded the Western Isles Natural History Society, now known as Curracag, which includes archaeology within its remit. He served two terms as Editor of the Hebridean Naturalist, and is now on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Coastal Conservation. He has written two books on the natural history of the Outer Hebrides, and has published a substantial number of scientific papers, specialising in machair and its interaction with people, and has recently begun to specialise in the study of Scotland's saline lagoons. His work on coasts and climate change involves the use of remote sensing. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Life Sciences of Heriot-Watt University and an Hon Senior Lecturer in the Geosciences School of the University of Aberdeen.
Ian Armit is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Bradford and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of both London and Scotland. He is a prehistorian with a particular interest in the Iron Age and has published ten books and more than 80 academic papers on various aspects of British and European prehistory. Ian has long-standing research interests in the archaeology of coastal communities in Scotland, and has excavated extensively in both Atlantic and south-east Scotland. His recent books relevant to this theme include Towers in the North: the Brochs of Scotland (Tempus 2003) and Anatomy of an Iron Age Roundhouse (Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 2006). As a former Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic Scotland, Ian also has a long-standing familiarity with issues relating to heritage management in Scotland.
Barbara Crawford (Chair) is Honorary Reader
in Medieval History at the University of St. Andrews
and is continuing to pursue her researches into the
history and archaeology of the Scandinavian settlements
in Scotland, and into historical contacts across the
North Sea in the Middle Ages. Her study of these settlements,
Scandinavian Scotland, was published in 1987,
and the results of her own excavation of a medieval
log-timbered building which belonged to the kings
of Norway on the island of Papa Stour in Shetland
was published in 1999. She is a Member of the Norwegian
Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh,
and is now working as Director of the Strathmartine
Centre for Scottish History in St. Andrews, founded
by an independent charitable trust established by
the late Dr. Ronald Cant before his death in 1999,
for supporting research and education in Scottish
History. She has been a Commissioner of the RCAHMS,
and also served as Chair of the Treasure Trove Advisory
Panel from 1993-2003.
Ben Ferrari graduated
from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London
in 1987 and worked for the Archaeological Diving Unit,
based in St Andrews, from 1987 until 1992. He conducted
his doctoral research on formation processes associated
with submerged archaeological deposits. He then joined
the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of
England to lead the compilation of the maritime element
of the National Monuments Record. This involved working
with a wide-range of data-suppliers and users and
also involved close liaison with the Receiver of Wreck
in the development of new reporting procedures. After
leaving the RCHME (now adsorbed into English Heritage)
he took up various posts in the Higher Education sector
and is currently Director of UniSdirect at the University
of Surrey where he is responsible for research funding
and commercialisation. He has been involved in developing
a wide range of programmes associated with knowledge
transfer, including serving on the East Scotland Objective
2 Plan Team. He has also represented the United Kingdom
as an expert at both the EC
is a Reader in the Department of Geographical and
Earth Sciences at the University of Glasgow. He is
a coastal geomorphologist with extensive research
and consultancy experience in coastal environmental
change, coastal erosion and coastal zone management.
His recent research has included developing methodologies
to analyse the rates of change to Scottish beaches
and dunes and he is now working on clarifying the
mechanisms of extreme wave impact on exposed shores.
He has published over 100 scientific papers and 3
books. He is editor-in-chief of the Scottish Geographical
Journal and is on the editorial boards of the
Journal of Coastal Research, Journal
of Coastal Conservation and Irish Geography.
For 8 years, Jim was on Scottish Natural Heritage’s
Scientific Advisory Committee and its West Areas Board,
serving the last 4 as Vice-Chair. Recently, he was
the principal SNH geomorphology witness in the Public
Inquiry into the proposed Trump golf course at Menie,
North of Aberdeen.
Mary MacLeod Rivett is a part-time lecturer in archaeology at Lews Castle College, University of the Highlands and Islands, and free-lance research archaeologist. She is a mediaeval archaeologist, with a particular interest in the Viking and Norse periods in the North Atlantic, and was formerly the Western Isles Archaeologist, with responsibility for the management of the eroding archaeology of more than 100 islands. In that position, she organised and managed a number of coastal archaeology projects on various scales, including the Dun Eistean Archaeological Project, and the STAC Project. She is a member of the Institute for Archaeologists, and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.
Eila Macqueen is the director of Archaeology Scotland. After graduating from Glasgow University she started a career in museums as a technical assistant at Kelvingrove Art Galleries before moving on to community-based initiatives in Caithness and Sutherland. This post led to a developmental role with Argyll and Bute Council, helping museums from Tighnabruich to Tiree and completing an MPhil with Newcastle University on community engagement in museums. Her last post was with the Northern Ireland Museums Council as Assistant Director where she gained distinction in the part-time Diploma in Management Practice course at the University of Ulster. Eila is a keen hill walker, loves all sorts of music and is a member of the Taoist Tai Chi Society.
Colin Martin is a honorary Reader
in Maritime Archaeology at the University of St Andrews,
where he taught for 28 years before his retirement
in 2001. As an underwater archaeologist he has excavated
several shipwrecks from the 16th to 18th centuries
off Scotland and Ireland, including three casualties
of the Spanish Armada, two small 17th century warships
in the Sound of Mull, and a Dutch East Indiaman off
Barra. He has published widely on these and related
topics. His interest in Scotland’s historic
landscapes has involved research into aspects of Roman
and native interaction, early medieval burghs, and
the beginnings of industrialisation. For the past
eight years he has been engaged in a study of the
west coast and islands as seen from a maritime perspective,
and is currently investigating evidence of medieval
boatbuilding in Skye.
George McQuitty spent 30 years in
private practice as a solicitor on his own account
and is now a part-time Consultant Solicitor and part-time
Doctoral candidate at the University of St Andrews
where his research interests include all aspects of
the use of the outdoors as a learning and teaching
environment. His studies particularly focus on the
implications of the increase of regulation and mitigation
of risk in outdoor pursuits and compares attitudes
in Scotland with those in Norway and Canada. He undertakes
tutoring within The Sustainable Development Institute,
University of St Andrews in aspects of the use of
the outdoor environment. He is a member of the Scottish
Executive Cross Party Group on Sport with particular
interest in outdoor activity and use of the outdoor
environment as a learning and teaching 'room'. A qualified
coastal skipper and active involved in outdoor leadership
in the mountains and on the water both here in Scotland
and abroad, George is an enthusiastic amateur environmentalist
and naturalist. He is married, has five children and
Chris Smout is Historiographer
Royal in Scotland, a former member of the Royal Commission
on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland,
and also a former trustee of the National Museums
of Scotland. He lives in Anstruther, Fife and has
a long-standing interest in the history, archaeology
and natural heritage of the coast. He is a social
and environmental historian.
Robin Turner is Head of Survey and Recording at Historic Environment Scotland, where he leads a team of experts in recording Scotland’s historic environment. After more than 15 years as a field archaeologist in England he became the first National Trust for Scotland Archaeologist in 1993. As NTS Head of Archaeology he led a team of up to five professional archaeologists, until moving to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (now HES) in 2010. Robin is an active member of the wider archaeological and historic environment community. For 10 years he was Honorary Editor of the archaeological journal Discovery and Excavation in Scotland. Robin has a broad interest in the archaeology and built heritage of Scotland, and has special interests in the archaeology of standing buildings, gardens archaeology, marine and coastal archaeology and the care of Scotland’s landscapes. He led the team that saw the World Heritage status of St Kilda extended to include the cultural landscape. Robin is committed to increasing the involvement of volunteers and of local people in the conservation and appreciation of Scotland’s historic environment.
Honorary Associate Member
Neil Galbraith has served as a Director
of SCAPE for six years. Formerly a Director
of Education and Leisure Services and also acting
Chief Executive for the Western Isles Council, he
is presently a consultant on Education systems and
Policy Development. As a consultant Neil has worked
abroad in Russia and the Balkan countries of Montenegro
and Albania, as well as in the UK as an Interim Director
and Coach/ Mentor for senior management staff in a
number of Councils involved in Local Government Reform.
Neil is Chair of the Lewis and Harris Building Preservation
Trust and was also a member and Vice- Chair of the
Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland
HEACS). He served on the Stakeholder Advisory Group
which addressed the 'Audit of the Historic Environment'
task that the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport
remitted to Historic Scotland, as a precursor to the
production of an annual report on the State of the
Historic Environment in Scotland. Neil was awarded
an OBE in 1997, and also an Honorary Doctorate by
the Open University in 1999, for services to Education.
Christopher D Morris is Emeritus Professor at Glasgow University. He was formerly Professor of Archaeology
and Vice-Principal at Glasgow University. His main
research interests are Scandinavian and North Atlantic
Archaeology from the Iron Age and Earlier Medieval
Archaeology in Britain and Europe, especially Late
Celtic and Viking Archaeology.
is a consultant archaeologist based in Edinburgh.
Her research interests lie in the Neolithic of Orkney
and the Picts and Vikings in Scotland generally. Her
excavations in Orkney have been concerned with retrieving
information from sites threatened by coastal erosion.
She is a past President of the Society of Antiquaries
of Scotland and has served as a Trustee of both the
National Museums of Scotland and the British Museum.
on Bressay and Noss, Shetland for 40 years, finding his surroundings
an enduring interest. He served on the Nature Conservancy
Committee for Scotland and SNH regional Boards from
1984-1997, is active in Shetland and is H M Lord-Lieutenant. He was involved in the rescue dig
of the Cruester Burnt Mound and its removal to a
safe site besides the Bressay Heritage Centre in 2008.
Richard Tipping is a senior lecturer in Environmental Sciences at
the University of Stirling. He has been a practising
specialist in palaeoecology, environmental archaeology
and environmental reconstruction for the last 25 years.
His principal research areas are in northern Britain,
although he has also worked in the Near East. His
major research interests are those of vegetation history,
climate change, human impact and geomorphic activity,
and the complex links between these components. He
has published widely on many aspects of Late Quaternary
landscape evolution in four research monographs, over
80 research papers and over 60 contributions to edited