Committee and contact details

The Group is run by its officers and committee, who are elected by members at the Annual General Meeting to serve for a period of three years. The officers comprise the Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. The rest of the committee consists of between nine and twelve elected members and up to three members co-opted by the rest of the committee. The committee normally meets six times a year.

Volunteer sought!

The CBA West Midlands committee is looking for a volunteer to take over the position of Honorary Secretary as our current Secretary wishes to step down due to other commitments.

If you are interested in this role please contact our Chair or Secretary for more details.


CBA West Midlands Committee 2016-17

Sheena on the River Severn with Tudor minstrels in background


Sheena Payne-Lunn
The Guildhall, High Street, Worcester WR1 2EY
Twitter handle: @sheenapaynelunn
Tel: 01905 721 133

Sheena Payne-Lunn is the Historic Environment Record Officer for Worcester City Council. In addition to being Chair of CBA WM Sheena also chairs the Chartered Institute for Archaeology's Voluntary and Community Group. She is a former leader of the Worcestershire Young Archaeologists' Club.

John's passport photo!

Vice-Chair &
'News from the Past' Co-organiser

John Hunt
75 Lower Road, Hednesford, Staffs. WS12 1ND
Tel: 01782 280 382

John Hunt is a Fellow of The Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences and a Research Fellow in the School of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham. He is also a member of the University's Centre for West Midlands History.
John is a former Trustee of the CBA as well as being a Vice-Chair of CBA WM.


Honorary Secretary &
Membership Secretary

Paul Collins

Paul Collins worked for a university based archaeological unit for five years. He currently works for a Further Education college in Birmingham.
During his time in archaeology he worked primarily as a site excavator, with interests in surveying and remote sensing. He has worked on wide variety of projects ranging from Bronze Age to Modern Industrial, in places such as Eigg in Scotland to the site of the Library of Birmingham. He was also fortunate to be part of the excavation team that recovered the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009. He later worked for the QNHER in Qatar, locating archaeological sites using aerial photography.
He has an interest in the history of Birmingham, as well as genealogy.

Kirsty emerging from an air raid shelter just off the Birmingham New Road

Treasurer &
Newsletter Editor

Kirsty Nichol

Kirsty Nichol is a freelance Archaeological Consultant specialising in community projects and archaeology in public spaces. Industrial Archaeology is her first love, and her current research interests include life on the home front and military supply for the Great War and WWII. She is never happier than when she is in a concrete bunker or air raid shelter!


WMA Editor

Deborah Fox

Debbie Fox is Curator of Archaeology and Natural History at Museums Worcestershire where she also has responsibility for the numismatics and ethnography collections and manages the Museums Worcestershire Collections Centre.

Peter crossing the Bay of Navarino, Greece, © Dorothy Allen 2017

Web Editor

Peter Crouch
Tel: 0121 523 6756

Before he retired Peter was successively an industrial chemist, a computer software developer and a junior civil servant.
In his spare time he is Chairman and Web Editor of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, Fortran Specialist Group and Treasurer of the BCS Wolverhampton Branch.
In the last decade his interest in archaeology and history has taken him to visit Bronze Age, Greek, Roman and later sites around the Mediterranean, Visigothic churches in northern Spain, as well as sites in the UK ranging from the Stone Age to the Cold War.


Supporter Liaison Officer

Ellie Ramsey

Ellie Ramsey is the Archaeology and Historic Environment officer for Wolverhampton City Council, where she gives archaeological advice on planning applications and manages the city's Historic Environment Record. Prior to this she worked for many years as a field archaeologist at Birmingham Archaeology and as a research associate for the Visualisation and Spatial Technology Centre at Birmingham University. Her interests include archaeology of all periods, with a particular love of geographical information systems, landscape archaeology, 3D modelling and virtual reality, and digital heritage.


Fundraiser &
Day School Administrator

Caroline Mosley
Tel: 07786 941 059

Caroline Mosley is a qualified librarian. Following a News From the Past presentation, she became a member of the Weoley Castle Keepers. She is involved with most aspects of the Keepers including ground works, research, guiding and the Midlands Masons Marks project. On the CBA WM Committee, she is responsible for the administration of the day schools and fundraising.

Mike Hodder in 2012

'News from the Past' Co-organiser

Mike Hodder

Mike Hodder was Birmingham City Council's Planning Archaeologist from 1994 to 2014. He advised on the management of archaeological sites of all dates and types throughout the city as part of the planning and development process. He also maintained the city's Historic Environment Record, formerly the Sites and Monuments Record and initiated and encouraged research into the city's archaeology.
Mike is particularly interested in the links between the historic and natural environments and in making information about the archaeology of the West Midlands accessible to as many people as possible. He undertakes archaeological consultancy alongside many voluntary archaeological activities which include his role as archaeological advisor to the Diocese of Birmingham.

Esme in Belgium at the excavation of a WWI trench

Student Liaison

Esme Hookway

Esme is a PhD student at Staffordshire University researching the community benefits of participation in archaeological projects. She also works as a field archaeologist for the Centre of Archaeology based at Staffordshire University. Her interests in archaeology are many and varied, but primary interests include the Anglo-Saxon period, conflict archaeology and the use of archaeology in contemporary society.


Education Liaison Officer

Jan Pick

Jan is a teacher and has for a number of years worked specifically in heritage environments for the complete range of BMAG sites amongst others. She is also a member of Kingsheath LHS and a fount of all knowledge on researching historical figures and family histories.

Other Committee Members

John at Newman Brothers coffin works after 2014 AGM

John Haslam
Tel: 02476 672 589

If there is anyone who could be regarded as 'the face' of CBA West Midlands, it is John Haslam. Many of our members will have met or corresponded with John over the years, as he has conscientiously led our efforts to keep in touch with our subscribers. For many years until recently he served as our Membership Secretary, to which role he later added that of Treasurer. He was also directly responsible for recruiting many of the current committee members.
In his continued presence on the committee he also represents another key aspect of what we aspired, and still aspire to achieve - our links with the world of local societies around the region.

Mike Shaw

Mike Shaw

Mike is now a freelance archaeologist based in Shropshire, specialising in town plan analysis, combination of archaeological and documentary evidence, use of GIS in archaeological analysis, characterisation and cultural resource management. For almost 15 years he was the Black Country Archaeologist based at Wolverhampton City Council. Prior to that he worked at Cheshire and Northampton County Councils.
His interests include historic town planning, urban archaeology, Anglo Saxon archaeology, medieval history and archaeology, industrial archaeology, archaeology of the tanning industry and early railways.

General email address:

Strategic Planning Consultations

Birmingham & Warwickshire: Mike Hodder

Coventry & Solihull: Ellie Ramsey

Staffordshire & Shropshire: John Hunt

Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley & Sandwell: Mike Shaw

Worcestershire & Herefordshire: Chris Patrick

Information on CBAWM's advocacy role is available here.

Diocesan Archaeological Consultants

Birmingham: Mike Hodder


Hereford: Andrew Pike

Lichfield: Bob Meeson

Worcester: Victoria Bryant

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