Our people

Portrait of Alison De Turberville
Alison de Turberville
Project Officer
Built Heritage Team

Alison holds a BA in Archaeology from the University of York and an MA in Research in Archaeology from the University of Reading. She has been with the buildings department at our Oxford office since 2006. In this time she has carried out many archaeological surveys along with heritage statements and impact assessments on a wide variety of structures. These include royal palaces, barracks, castles and bridges as well as smaller structures like cottages and outbuildings. She has an interest in bricks and brick structures. Alison also undertakes some post-excavation work on building materials, particularly bricks and architectural stonework. 

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Andy Phelps
Project Officer
Built Heritage Team

Andy has worked as a commercial field archaeologist for over twenty years, joining OA in 2013 where he now leads the historic buildings and landscapes fieldwork teams for our Lancaster office, and coordinates our geomatics provision for our core excavation activities. He is a skilled surveyor, experienced in photogrammetry, UAV survey, laser scanning and other cutting edge data collection techniques and their application to the recording of a broad range of historic buildings and landscapes. Typical project work includes building and landscape surveys, heritage and condition assessments and contributing to conservation management plans on a wide spectrum of building and landscape types. His interests are as diverse as his workload; however, he has a particular focus on vernacular structures, buildings conservation practice and a fascination in upland landscapes. He holds a BA in Archaeology, an MA in Buildings Archaeology, and a Certificate of Higher Education in Historic Building Conservation. 

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Deirdre Forde
Senior Project Manager
Built Heritage Team

Deirdre has a BA in Archaeology from University College, Cork, and an MA in Buildings Archaeology from the University of York. She has worked for the Buildings Department since 2008 and has been a Project Manager since 2021. Since joining Oxford Archaeology, she has carried out detailed archaeological surveys of a variety of buildings from many phases.

Deirdre specialises in institutional architecture with a specific focus on prisons. She is also involved in the research and recording of 20th-century buildings and has a keen interest in their increasing relevance as part of the historic environment. A key part of Deirdre’s role is assessing the significance of heritage assets, and the impact of potential development on them for the purposes of informing the planning process. She has contributed to two of Oxford Archaeology's publications; Oxford Castle and Torre Abbey, as well as a study in prison and penology, The Carceral Network in Ireland, published by Palgrave Macmillan.

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Jon Gill
Senior Project Manager
Built Heritage Team

Jon has worked in Oxford Archaeology’s Oxford office since 1998 and he leads the Historic Buildings Department. Jon is a very experienced buildings archaeologist having investigated a wide range of structures but his particular specialism lies in post-medieval and modern buildings. He holds a BA in Architecture, as well as a Masters Degree in Industrial Archaeology from the Ironbridge Institute. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).

Jon coordinates the overall department’s workload while also managing individual projects and undertaking on-site investigations. He undertakes a wide range of projects, including conservation management plans, impact assessments, environmental statements, large-scale building recording prior to developments, and small-scale assessments to assist in planning applications. While with Oxford Archaeology, Jon has worked on scheduled Cold War sites, Royal Palaces, airfields, industrial complexes, gunpowder factories, grand country houses, and much more humble dwellings.

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Peter Dearlove
Contracts Officer
Business Development Team

Peter’s interest in archaeology began in his teenage years, but he mistakenly chose not to follow it up, instead earning a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at university. It took until he was in his thirties for his first archaeological fieldwork experience in 2011. Eventually he realised that archaeology was something that he could do professionally, and in the summer of 2016, he joined Oxford Archaeology as a Graduate Trainee. In retrospect, Peter came into the profession later than he would have liked, following a number of jobs in finance, politics, and administration in the public and charity sectors. 

Working his way up through the levels in the field team, Peter’s skill set from previous employments put him in a good position when the role of Contracts Officer became vacant.  He is now a main point of contact for people needing quotes for archaeological work in the eastern region. 

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Rosie Fletcher
Contracts Officer
Business Development Team

Rosie holds a BA Hons in Archaeology from the University of Bristol and an MSc and PhD in Palaeoanthropology from the University of Liverpool. She joined OA in 2020 after spending several years in account management and sales and marketing roles within the travel industry. Rosie spent a year in OA’s fieldwork team excavating prehistoric and Roman sites in Somerset before joining the Contracts Department. She also has considerable experience overseeing excavations of prehistoric sites in central Africa and is a competent archaeological surveyor. During her time at OA, Rosie has undertaken placements with the Post-Excavation and Lithics Departments and has written numerous WSIs and evaluation and excavation reports.

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Maria Bellissimo
Communications Manager
Communications Team

Maria is a communications and advocacy professional with 10 years of experience working across sectors and issues. She has worked in politics before moving to the private sector where she provided advice to clients in different industries and on a range of projects, from infrastructure to manufacturing, from single-issue campaigns to international and human rights issues. For the last few years, she focused mostly on net zero and sustainability, regularly engaging with policy-makers and environmental organisation. 

Maria has always had a strong interest in archaeology and for the past five years has been studying the subject part-time at the Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford. 

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Clemency Cooper
Community Archaeology Manager
Community Archaeology Team

As Oxford Archaeology's Community Archaeology Manager, Clemency leads all public engagement initiatives across Oxford Archaeology involving volunteers, community groups, educational institutions and the wider public. This includes programmes to realise the social value of development-led archaeological investigations, as well as developing grant-funded partnership projects.  

Clem has an undergraduate MA degree in Geography from the University of Cambridge and a MSc in Applied Landscape Archaeology from the University of Oxford. She has specialised in archaeological public engagement since 2010 and is passionate about helping people to experience and take part in archaeology. 

Before joining Oxford Archaeology in 2016, Clem was based at the British Museum as the Outreach Officer for a National Lottery Heritage Funded project to recruit and train volunteers for the Portable Antiquities Scheme and, before that, she worked for Access Cambridge Archaeology, running archaeological outreach activities for schools and community groups in East Anglia from the University of Cambridge.