Ian Barnes joins Chartered Institute for Archaeologists’ RO committee

Waterman is delighted that Ian Barnes, our Head of Heritage, has joined the Registered Organisation (RO) committee for the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (CIfA). The committee meets quarterly, and Ian’s term coincides with the appointment of a new Chair.

CIfA is the leading professional body for archaeologists working in the UK, championing high professional standards and strong ethics in archaeological practice. CIfA is at the forefront of commenting on evolving planning policy to ensure that historic environment work is completed to the highest standard, while remaining pragmatic to the planning process.

The committee’s role is to administer the Registered Organisation (RO) programme. Being a RO is a key signal to the wider construction industry that an organisation is a trusted, high-quality historic environment consultancy. To join, organisations must meet CIfA’s stringent professional standards, proving that they are qualified and competent to provide informed and reliable advice and carry out work appropriate to the circumstances whilst minimising uncertainty, delay and cost.

The committee review new applications to join the programme and visit existing members to ensure that the CIfA Standards and Guidance are upheld, as well as actively participating in the evolution of best practice methodology for training, fieldwork and research. They provide advice, recommendations and conditions of membership, take an active role in supporting the development of the historic environment profession and ensure good quality training opportunities are available within ROs.

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Waterman is a RO, and all our technical specialists are individual members of CIfA.

Excited about the new commitment, Ian said: “I’m delighted to join the committee and look forward to collaborating with the other committee members in ensuring that both support and structure is available to the Registered Organisation programme.”

For more information on CIfA and their RO programme, click here.

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