Our People

Our team of experienced project managers and specialist staff offers many years of expertise in commercial archaeological projects. Click on a team member’s profile to learn more about them.

Prof. Caroline Sturdy Colls – Director of the Centre of Archaeology

Caroline is the Director of the Centre of Archaeology at Staffordshire University. She has directed and published archaeological projects throughout Europe and the United Kingdom. Her particular areas of expertise are Holocaust archaeology, forensic archaeology and the application of non-invasive surveying methods.

Prof. Caroline Sturdy Colls’ staff profile

Kevin-Colls-257x300Kevin Colls – Archaeological Project Manager

Kevin is the lead Archaeological Project Manager for the Centre of Archaeology at Staffordshire University. He has directed and published archaeological projects throughout the United Kingdom and has over 15 years’ experience in professional development-led archaeology.

Kevin Colls’ staff profile

WillWilliam Mitchell – Project Archaeologist

William is the Project Archaeologist for the Centre of Archaeology at Staffordshire University. He has supervised and published numerous archaeological projects throughout the United Kingdom and has extensive experience in leading, delivering and consulting on archaeological and heritage projects.  He is a qualified teacher and regularly works with school groups and on community-led projects.

William Mitchell’s staff profile

DanteDr Dante Abate – Research Fellow and 3D Modelling Specialist

Dante was appointed as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow in 2017 to work on the “Digital Forensic Archaeology Project (Dig-For-Arch)”. Over the last decade, Dante’s research activity and practice has focused on applying 3D modelling techniques in the field of humanities and cultural heritage.

Dante Abate’s staff profile


Czelsie Weston – PhD Researcher in Holocaust Archaeology

Czelsie is currently a PhD researcher with the Centre of Archaeology, focussing on how forensic archaeological approaches can be used to locate, record and disseminate information regarding killing sites of the Holocaust. Czelsie completed a semester placement with the Centre during her MSci Forensic Science, also at Staffordshire University. She has assisted in Holocaust fieldwork in UK and Europe, including projects in Alderney, Poland, Netherlands, Ukraine, Norway and Germany.
Czelsie Weston’s staff profile

Janos Kerti – PhD Researcher in Conflict Archaeology

Janos is a PhD researcher at Staffordshire University examining ethical considerations of disseminating sensitive forensic archaeological data through virtual heritage technologies. Janos began working with the Centre of Archaeology in 2013 and continues to contribute to various projects and fieldwork. Janos has worked alongside a number of different organisations (USHMM and Google Cultural Institute) and lectures in both School of Law, Policing and Forensics and the School of Humanities and Performing Arts. Janos Kerti’s staff profile

Daria Cherkaska – PhD Researcher

Daria started her PhD studies in April 2018. Her previous research background involves studying the theory and history of Soviet archaeology. Currently, her studies focus on the application of forensic archaeological methods in Holocaust study in Ukraine. Daria also has experience working as an archivist, and in the field of conservation of archaeological sites in Ukraine, and has participated in projects in Ukraine and Poland.
Daria Cherkaska’s staff profile

Dr Ruth SwetnamRuth Swetnam – Associate Professor of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Ruth has undertaken a number of projects focusing on spatial modelling, landscape ecology, historical geography, land use change and environmental management. Ruth is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Chartered Geographer in Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Ruth has over 20 year’s experience in consultancy and research focusing on the creation of GIS databases, landscape modelling and ecosystem monitoring.
Dr Ruth Swetnam’s staff profile

Dean Northfield – Forensic Imaging Specialist

Dean’s expertise lies in the collection and analysis of digital imaging. Having worked for West Yorkshire Police for 11 years, the final 4 as a Senior Digital Imaging Officer, Dean is able to provide consultancy in the Electronic Presentation of Evidence (EPE). He is working on a number of research projects focusing on the innovative application of forensic imaging methods in an archaeological context including the Re-Presenting Treblinka project, as part of which he is developing a 3D digital heritage resource for museum and online presentation.
Dean Northfield’s staff profile

Dr Rachel Bolton-King – Associate Professor in Forensic Science

Rachel specialises in firearms identification and the identification of ammunition. Her research has focused on non-invasive analysis of corroded weapons. Rachel is actively involved in the Alderney Archaeology and Heritage Project and, having worked extensively in the forensic arena, is developing new approaches to 3D visualisation and trajectory analysis in archaeological investigations.
Dr Rachel Bolton-King’s staff profile

Tim Harris – Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Tim is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography and an active researcher. His particular areas of expertise lie in glacial and periglacial geomorphology, the impact of climate change and Quarternary environmental change. Tim has been actively involved in the Alderney Archaeology and Heritage Project and has been developing new methods for in-field site recording and visualisation. He has undertaken fieldwork throughout the UK and in Iceland. Tim Harris’ staff profile

David (Ed) Edwards – Technical specialist for visualisation and simulation

David is a Technical Specialist at Staffordshire University, whose background spans higher education, business development, creative design and great white shark research in South Africa. He is working on a number of research projects which aim to utilise videogame and visual effects based technologies and pipelines, in the context of ecological research and archaeological preservation.
David Edwards’ staff profile

Paul Ottey – Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Technology

Paul is a senior lecturer and course leader for the BSc Film Production Technology course at Staffordshire University. He teaches across a range of film production and film technology subjects with an emphasis on cameras and imaging technology in factual production. Paul’s background is in mechanical engineering and cinematography for internationally broadcast television and film. His main interests are factual film relating to archaeology, heritage and history and new methods of illustrating these subjects.
Paul Ottey’s staff profile

Fiona Graham – Associate Professor of Film Technology 

Fiona is an established producer and an Associate Professor of Film Technology. She has pioneered new methods in research informed practice to enhance the digital dissemination of academic research nationally and internationally. She has worked with museums, tourism, heritage sites and channels in the UK and Europe including BBC, ITV, Sky, and The History Channel, as well as BBC Radio creating factual content which has a major impact on society.
Fiona Graham’s staff profile

Michael Branthwaite- Senior Lecturer in Fine Arts 

Michael is a senior lecturer and course leader for the BA (Hons) Fine Art course at Staffordshire University. He teaches across a range of mediums focusing on Sculpture, Installation and Film. His main interests are material culture and how objects and artefacts can change our understanding of the past. Most recently this has developed into more philosophical debates about how we deal with new archaeological findings that challenge established historical narratives, and how we can use artistic responses to create the debates needed to deal with these complex and contested memories. Michael Branthwaite’s staff profile