About Us

Phoenix Consulting Archaeology Limited is an established organisation, with its directors, consultants and associates having a great depth of experience in providing high quality archaeological consultancy services.

We guide clients through archaeological legislation and planning requirements. The aim is to approach archaeology in such a way as to prevent delays to the planning application process. This sometimes involves the presentation of archaeological evidence at planning appeals.

Following planning approval, our objective is to discharge any archaeological planning condition in such a way as to minimise delays and costs to the development.

Managing Director – Andy Richmond BA PhD MIfA FSA

Andy Richmond

Andy is a founder director of the Company, established in early 1997. He holds a BA degree in archaeology from the University of Wales and a Doctorate from Reading University. He has over twenty years experience as an archaeologist and is a full Member of the Institute for Archaeologists (MIfA). He has worked for several local authority archaeological field units, including the Museum of London. He is an elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, founded in 1707. Today its Fellows include archaeologists and art and architectural historians holding positions of responsibility across the cultural heritage sector

Manager – Gary Coates BA MIfA

Gary Coates

Gary is Manager of Field Services at Phoenix Consulting Archaeology Limited. He is highly experienced in the management and costing of archaeological projects, having been Senior Archaeologist (Operations) of the Archaeological Services Division at Northamptonshire County Council and Projects Manager at Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit. Gary has managed numerous large scale archaeological projects and published on the same. He is the principal author of the significant Whitemoor Haye excavations in Staffordshire.

Consultant – Penny Fenton BA AIfA

Penny Fenton

Penny is a Consultant with Phoenix Consulting Archaeology Ltd, and previously managed their Framework Agreement held with English Heritage. This involved assessing numerous categories of archaeological sites with regard to their national, regional and local importance. Penny holds a BA degree in Medieval Archaeology from University College London and is an Associate Member of the Institute for Archaeologists. She has worked as an archaeologist for many organisations, from the Orkneys to Southampton, and maintains an active interest in the legislative criteria afforded to archaeological sites.

Project Manager – Karen Francis BA, MIfA

Karen Francis

Karen is an experienced research and consultant archaeologist, and spearheads Phoenix Consulting’s post-excavation reporting programme. She holds a First Class BA degree in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield and has worked for a number of archaeological organisations including John Samuels Archaeological Consultants and CgMs. She has published extensively, including the significant San Vincenzo excavations for the British School at Rome and the Cardini Survey and Butrint excavations in Albania.