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About Rocket Heritage & Archaeology

Meet our team

Heritage & Archaeology work is specialist and requires experts to ensure your project is properly supported, whatever the size, wherever in the UK.

Our team is fully equipped to handle your heritage and archaeological requirements from a single storey extension to a large-scale infrastructure project.

Our wealth of experience, combined with our approachable, straight talking, can do attitude make us easy to work with and rely upon.

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Craig Huddart BA (Hons) MCIfA - Managing Director

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Craig is an approachable, vastly experienced archaeology and heritage consultant and practitioner with numerous years' experience within the industry. Craig has significant and notable experience in managing diverse and complicated large scale infrastructure projects and works on behalf of a multitude of clients in a variety of sectors.

Craig has managed a number of high value schemes across the UK, with the value often in excess of £1 billion - he oversees and manages renewables projects, large scale residential and mixed use developments, energy and utilities projects, whilst also taking the time to look after individuals or smaller schemes.

He has managed and overseen several multi-disciplinary schemes, taking responsibility for multiple disciplines.

Craig has a strong focus on client and stakeholder engagement, working closely with clients and tailoring projects to suit their varying needs.

Craig has a strong fieldwork background and has overseen and reported on a multitude of sites across the UK and has authored site reports, large scale assessment reports, publications and journal articles.

Craig has worked extensively across the UK on a variety of site types and ranges of complexity, both within field archaeology and consultancy, but has also lived and worked in North and South America. As Managing Director of Rocket Heritage & Archaeology, Craig is responsible for the daily operations of the company, ensuring the development and continued growth of the business.

Craig is a Group Director for The Rocket Group, and Director of Rocket Ecology. This ensures that the architectural, construction, ecology and surveying arms of the group work efficiently alongside Rocket Heritage & Archaeology.

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Natasha Powers BSc MSc MCMI MCIfA FSA - Director 

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Natasha is a highly qualified consultant, archaeologist and osteologist with more than 25 years’ experience in the sector. She is skilled in managing complex and sensitive cultural heritage work, and successfully negotiating for the client with local planning advisors and advisory bodies such as Historic England.

Natasha has considerable experience in managing, producing and assuring a wide range of heritage documents in support of planning, including desk-based assessments, heritage statements, EIA, written schemes of investigation, project designs and technical reports. 

She has published on a wide variety of topics and periods and provides advice on legal, ethical and practical matters concerning burials.

 

Prior to joining Rocket she was an Associate Director with a large multidisciplinary consultancy, managing the work of the Cultural Heritage teams in Scotland and across the north of England, to deliver built heritage and archaeology services nationally.

 

This included work on major infrastructure projects for clients such as HS2 and National Highways, and residential schemes for Homes England, as well as smaller schemes for individual developers and public bodies.

She also carried out technical assurance for clients, and provided expert support to Local Planning Authorities.

Natasha has worked throughout the UK and Ireland, for commercial companies, charities and museums, and is a key member of the heritage team for the ‘First Berliners’ project in Germany. 

 

In a varied career she has excavated on a huge range of sites, designed an award-winning training programme for early career archaeologists from non-academic backgrounds, managed MOLA’s (Museum of London Archaeology) human osteology, zooarchaeology and botany teams, co-authored the Home Office standards and guidance for forensic archaeology, and contributed to a number of TV programmes. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bradford.

Natasha is a Group Director for The Rocket Group and Director of Rocket Ecology.

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Anthony Boyce - Director

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Anthony has a passion for all things property. An architectural technologist with a background in planning, structural engineering, architecture & building surveying by trade, he is now one of the group directors at Rocket, heading up the Architectural team.

He enjoys nothing more than working with existing buildings and bringing them back to life through restoration or conversion. Anthony has been involved with projects ranging from scheduled monuments through to UNESCO heritage sites, with all the "easier" stuff in between. He also develops his own property projects, so brings a unique perspective to working with and around heritage assets.

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Dr Greg Bremner - Business Development Manager

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Greg is based in Scotland. A Glaswegian economist and academic, he holds a PhD for his research on the macroeconomic consequences faced by countries that rely for their income on exporting their exhaustible natural resources, notably oil and gas. Having held lectureships at several universities, most recently in Qatar for Aberdeen University, he has also worked in oil-abundant sub-Saharan countries, delivering 'crash-courses' on oil and gas economics to civil servants, government officials, investors and university students.

 

Apart from oil and gas, he has undertaken and supervised a variety of commercial research projects, proposals and impact studies for a diverse client base that includes charities, boutique whisky businesses and private education providers and, having spent ten years lecturing at Dundee's Abertay University, he has a long-standing research and advisory involvement in Dundee's video games industry.

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Dr David Cockcroft ACIfA - Principal Consultant, Archaeology and Heritage

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As Senior Project Officer David oversees a variety of fieldwork projects and assists with the development of our fieldwork team.  Before joining Rocket, David worked as a Project Officer for archaeological companies and on a freelance basis as both and archaeologist and heritage consultant. He has made major contributions to grey literature reports for long-term aggregates extraction projects and worked on a number of community focused excavations. David produces well-written, clear, and good looking reports which can be enjoyed by professional archaeologists and the layperson alike.

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Rhiannon Baxendell - Heritage Lead, Yorkshire & the East Midlands

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Rhiannon has an IHBC accredited masters in historic building conservation from the University of York and has worked as a heritage consultant on a variety of schemes throughout Yorkshire and the Midlands. She has a background in facilities management and worked with Historic England as a Project Coordinator with their Grants for Programmes of Major Works and Covid-19 Emergency Heritage at Risk fund teams. She previously volunteered with the Council for British Archaeology as a Caseworker, a role that progressed to analysing and commenting on planning applications on behalf of the CBA. She has a passion for heritage, and a soft spot for Georgian and Victorian vernacular architecture.

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Eilidh Barr - Junior Project Officer

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Originally from Scotland, Eilidh has an undergraduate degree in marine archaeology and a post-graduate qualification in forensic archaeology. For the past 4 years she has worked as an Assistant supervisor and Supervisor on sites across the UK and has experience overseeing trial trenching and excavations, including working on sites for #HS2, the A14 and the Lower Thames Crossing.

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Rachel Pearson - Heritage Consultant

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Rachel hails from the Pacific Northwest but is no stranger to the United Kingdom. Having earned her undergraduate degree from St Andrews and attended Newcastle University for her master’s education. Always up for a challenge, Rachel has gained a wide variety of experience in the heritage sector, working in numerous archives, museums and libraries over the years. Her first love has always been archaeology, however, and she, along with her trusty trowel, have been lucky enough to participate in projects in the United States, England and Greece. These opportunities have immersed her in research which spans a variety of time periods and geographical areas, including Prohibition-era Seattle, Palaeolithic Oklahoma, Medieval Britain, and Byzantine North Africa. Her latest research focuses on the usefulness of satellites in the preservation of endangered archaeology and involves the study of declassified Cold War imagery.
 

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Constance Durgeat - Senior Project Supervisor

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Constance graduated from the Sorbonne University in Paris with undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and has an MA in archaeology from the University of York. She has worked in commercial archaeology for more than 10 years, working across the UK on a variety of sites, but also has a strong research background, directing archaeological excavations at Bamburgh Castle for the last decade and undertaking teaching and mentoring work for several archaeological organisations in northern England.

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Dr Adam Goodfellow - Project Archaeologist 

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Adam recently completed his PhD at Durham University where he previously undertook his undergraduate degree, before completing a Masters at Oxford. He is an experienced field archaeologist who has worked on a range of sites in eastern and northern England, achieving professional standards of excavation and recording, at a speed suitable for the commercial environment. His archaeological experience includes processing finds and environmental samples, carrying out magnetometer survey and recording standing buildings and structures. He has also led adult education session on Anglo-Saxon life at Bede's World and worked as a volunteer at Mickelgate Bar Museum in York and at Winchester Castle. He is currently a student member of CIfA and the CBA.

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Richard I'anson - Trainee Archaeologist

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Richard gained valuable experience on site with Julian Thomas, at his Dorstone Hill Neolithic dig site during the 2015 season. He gained his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Teesside before undertaking masters degrees in Archaeology and in Osteology and Palaeopathology at the University of Bradford.

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Lizzie Underhill - Project Archaeologist

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Lizzie graduated from the University of York with a BSc in Archaeology in 2020 and is currently in the process of completing a Masters in Field Archaeology. Lizzie is passionate about communicating archaeology and making heritage accessible to all. She has recently joined the Rocket team as a Trainee Archaeologist and is excited to learn and develop her skills. Communicating archaeology and making the past accessible to all is something Lizzie is really passionate about. Lizzie joined the Rocket team as a Trainee Archaeologist in June 2022.

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Charlie Whiles - Project Archaeologist

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Charlie is a trainee archaeologist at Rocket Heritage & Archaeology. Charlie undertakes site excavation and recording and is our first trainee to undergo the new trainee archaeologist scheme here at Rocket. Charlie has a passion for prehistory - the older the better!

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Barney Warren - Project Archaeologist

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Barney started working with us after asking about volunteering and gaining experience, and we were pleased to be able to say yes. Barney worked hard and demonstrated a real aptitude for the profession. That hard work has paid off and he has now joined us as full time member of the team.

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Abbie Selby - Trainee Project Archaeologist

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Abbie is a graduate archaeologist with an MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology and a BA (Hons) in History, Archaeology, and Heritage.  She is a team member of Cranfield Repatriation and Identification of Conflict Casualties and has worked on Roman and and World War II sites. She joins Rocket as a Trainee with her time split between site and our Barnard Castle office where she will be assisting with archival. Abbie is looking forward to the chance to work on varied time periods and exciting projects.

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Katie Gerrard - Administrator

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Katie is Rocket Group's Administrator, joining in July 2022. She is based across our offices in Darlington and Barnard Castle and is responsible for logistics, invoicing and general administration.

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Daphne Blumer - Executive PA

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Daphne oversees administrative functions for the Rocket Group and provides executive assistance to the Directors.

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Trainee Project Archaeologist - coming soon! 

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watch this space...

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