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 also a non-Executive Director for Rocket Group, ensuring that the architectural, construction 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 is experienced in writing and editing archaeological texts for publication, and has published on a wide variety of topics and periods.

She also 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.

Natasha is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Bradford, a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeology (MCIfA) and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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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 David Cockcroft ACIfA - Senior Project Officer

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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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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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Constance Durgeat - Senior Project Archaeologist 

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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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Robyn Hunter - Senior Project Archaeologist

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Senior Project Archaeologist Robyn has always loved archaeology as her mum was an archaeologist and so she was brought up around it. Originally from the northeast of England, Robyn has worked around the country on a wide variety of projects from watching briefs to full scale excavations, on urban and rural sites, and of dates ranging from the Neolithic to Victorian

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Charlie Whiles - Trainee 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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Rachel Rutherford - Project Archaeologist

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Project Archaeologist Rachel is from the northeast of England and has worked on sites across the UK, including large infrastructure projects. She helps to ensure effective delivery of fieldwork and reporting for watching briefs, field evaluations and excavations. She also assists in the preparation of site archives including record checking, data entry and finds and environmental processing. 

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Lizzie Underhill - Trainee 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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Rachel Pearson - Archaeological 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.

When it comes to her career, Rachel has always abided by the motto that ‘variety is the spice of life’. That is why she is so thrilled to have landed a role at RHA as an Archaeological Consultant. This position will allow her to draw on her diverse background to assist in different facets of the business, ensuring clients obtain the detailed service required for their projects.


 

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Barney Warren - Graduate 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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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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Katie Gerrard - Administrator

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Katie is Rocket's Administrator, joining in July 2022, and is responsible for logistics, staffing. finance, invoicing and office management.