Meet the team
Creative, effective, smart and responsive: the Northlight team consistently delivers the best for our partners and clients. Engaging people with heritage is our passion and we deploy our range of in-house expertise to do it, as well as drawing upon the first class talent available throughout the YAT family.
Ally is an experienced archaeologist who has practised across the UK and in Iceland. He conducts archaeological and environmental impact assessments, provides advice to commercial clients on the management of cultural heritage, and designs and implements general and site-specific archaeological mitigation for a large infrastructure project in Scotland. He has excavated and published on a number of Neolithic sites in Scotland. He is currently co-ordinating the post-excavation analysis for the Neolithic ceremonial site of Pittentian and he developed and helped deliver the re-imagining of the monument with the local community.
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Peter has worked in professional archaeology for over 20 years and during this time he has gained considerable experience in managing and directing both rural and deeply stratified urban sites for numerous clients across northern England. Since 2006 Peter has been the Director of the Hungate excavations, the largest ever archaeological project in York and a multi-million pound scheme of works at the heart of the Hungate regeneration programme. The Hungate project was highly commended in the category of Best Archaeological Project at the 2014 British Archaeological Awards.
Peter is passionate about training and skills development within archaeology and has been involved with training initiatives for over a decade and represents the Federation of Archaeological Managers and Employers (FAME) on the Archaeological Training Forum (ATF). He also believes that public and community involvement in archaeology is an essential element of the profession and as a Trustee of the Council of British Archaeology (CBA) works to promote this ideal.
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Dr Heather James
Heather is a highly experienced archaeologist who has practiced across the UK and in Italy, France, Peru and Jordan for over 30 years. She has considerable experience in archaeological fieldwork and in working with volunteers in the field, and has particular expertise in medieval archaeology. Heather develops, directs and manages archaeological field projects, including commercial projects and ones with strong training components, such as Hidden Heritage of a Landscape.
She has directed several major projects resulting in publications, such as Excavations at St Ethernan's Monastery, Isle of May, Fife 1992-1997 and A Fragmented Masterpiece: Recovering the biography of the Hilton of Cadboll Pictish cross-slab. She also directed excavations at Castle Craig broch as part of the University of Glasgow's Strathearn Environs and Royal Forteviot Project. Most recently she has run the public engagement aspects of the Ulster Scots Archaeology Project, directed excavations on Tarbert Isle in Loch Lomond and developed and managed Walking Back to the Future. Heather has produced several major publications on medieval archaeology and holds a PhD on the medieval rural settlement of Mid Argyll. She also oversees all health and safety systems on behalf of Northlight Heritage.
tel: +44 (0)7432 694185
Dr Heather James
Dr Olivia Lelong
Olivia is a highly experienced heritage professional with 20 years’ experience in directing, managing and publishing archaeological investigation in both commercial and research contexts, providing consultancy and delivering contracts for a wide range of clients. She develops and manages programmes and projects that use cultural heritage to deliver measurable public benefits, including experimental archaeology, cultural heritage events and initiatives designed to encourage wider engagement with heritage, such as the Wee Dig Provan Hall project. She also contributes to conservation management projects, assessing the significance of heritage assets, for example at House of Dun Mausoleum.
Olivia has considerable experience in using hands-on learning techniques to impart archaeological research skills to volunteers, adult learners and university students and to build their enthusiasm and capacity for investigating cultural heritage. Most recently she directed the skills audit and training plan development for the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative. She holds a PhD in the analysis and interpretation of long-term landscape occupation and, as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, is active in research, with several forthcoming publications on later prehistoric and post-medieval archaeology in Scotland.
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Dr Olivia Lelong
Dr Alan Leslie
Alan is a highly experienced heritage consultant. He provides consultancy advice to clients, including serving as an expert witness at public inquiries across the UK. He also has extensive experience of archaeological assessment (including cultural heritage environmental impact assessments) and the management of the archaeological components of major infrastructure projects.
Alan is also highly active in landscape research, particularly into the role of cultural heritage in landscape planning, public participation and landscape justice. Most recently he co-founded the European Network for Archaeology and Integrated Landscape Research and regularly organises and delivers conference sessions at the annual meeting of the Association of European Archaeologists, as well as being a member of the national organising committee for EAA 2015.
Alan has lectured in archaeology for over 20 years at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities and is currently also the archaeology Subject Specialist in the Centre for Open Studies at the University of Glasgow, as well as a research fellow of the Subject Area of Archaeology. His other research specialisations include the archaeology of the Roman Empire, with particular emphasis on Roman military studies, on which he presented his doctoral thesis. Alan is a member of Historic Scotland’s Scottish Strategic Archaeology Committee and of Scotland’s Historic Environment Data Programme Management Group.
tel: +44 (0)7432 694173
Dr Alan Leslie
Dr Gavin MacGregor
Gavin is a highly experienced heritage professional with 20 years consultancy and research experience in the assessment, evaluation and interpretation of archaeological sites and collections. He specialises in the cultural heritage components of inter-disciplinary, landscape-scale projects and also develops experimental archaeology initiatives and cultural heritage events. He has recently managed several innovative visualisation projects, including Wemyss Caves 4D, and is Project Co-ordinator for Discovering the Archaeologists of Europe. An Honorary Research Fellow at University of Glasgow, he is on the steering group of the European Network for Archaeology and Integrated Landscape Research. He holds a PhD in interpreting the ceremonial prehistoric monuments of Aberdeenshire.
tel: +44 (0)7432 694172
Dr Gavin MacGregor
Ingrid is an experienced archaeologist and graphics specialist, with a growing portfolio of work focused on fostering communities' engagement with heritage and integrating arts and heritage. She has a particular interest in industrial archaeology and modern material culture and landscapes. She co-developed and directed Weaving Truth With Trust and Raising the Bar, developed and produced the public art event River Patter as part of Nothing About Us Without Us Is For Us in the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012, and with Gavin MacGregor co-produced things that befell us in those strange years for the Environmental Arts Festival Scotland 2013.
Ingrid also has significant experience in digital design and IT, having completed postgraduate research in Information Technology at the University of Glasgow, specialising in Cultural Heritage Computing. She has designed numerous websites, leaflets, display boards and other interpretative material to make information about archaeology accessible to a wider audience. She is industry-standard proficient in a range of illustration, desktop-publishing and web-development packages and is a Certified Internet Web Professional (CIW WFA ID: 459611).
tel: +44 (0)7432 694183
Dave is an experienced field archaeologist who has worked across the UK and in Libya, Jordan and Greece. He has particular expertise in heritage assessment primarily through the production of cultural heritage chapters for Environmental Impact Assessments. For the past three years he has served as senior archaeological clerk of works on a major linear route infrastructure project, helping to design, co-ordinate and monitor the programme of archaeological mitigation. He is now directing the programme of post-excavation analysis for the project. David is also the co-director of the Glenshee Archaeology Project which aims to empower local residents and volunteers to explore and research the prehistoric and early medieval archaeology of Glenshee.
tel: +44 (0)7432 694184