The Society’s London premises, which house its administrative headquarters, the Library and Archive, is situated in three adjoining Mews properties on the eastern edge of the Bloomsbury area (about 10 minutes walk from the British Museum). The Office is open from 9.30 to 5.00, Monday to Friday and the Library from 10.30 to 4.30 each day, Tuesday to Friday. The Archive has limited research space so appointments must be made in advance to consult records.
In London, the Society has at present four full-time members of staff - the Director, Finance & Business Manager, Education & Public Engagement Manager and Office Manager.
Dr Chris Naunton has been a member of the Society's staff since 2001 and its Director since 2012. Chris is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Society’s affairs, ensuring that a long‐term strategy is in place and that its core purpose and values are articulated and consistently applied across the organisation.
In 2012 Chris presented the BBC documentary Flinders Petrie: ‘The Man Who Discovered Egypt’ and was recently the lead Egyptologist on a new investigation into the death and burial of Tutankhamun for a TV film which was broadcast on Channel 4 in the UK as 'Tutankhamun: The Mystery of the Burnt Mummy' and globally under various other names during 2013.
He studied Egyptology at the universities of Birmingham and Swansea and has worked in the field in the Late Period cemetery of El-Asasif in Luxor and at South Abydos. His research focuses on the Libyan and Kushite Periods of Egyptian history and on the history and development of Egyptology and archaeology in Egypt, and its presentation to the public. Chris has taught Egyptology at UCL, SOAS, Birkbeck College and Bloomsbury Summer School, and regularly give lectures throughout the UK. He has also published a series of articles on ancient Egypt, and contributed chapters to several edited books. He plays several musical instruments, failed to become either a footballer or a rock star, and cycles to work. Follow Chris on Twitter and via his blog.
Education and Public Engagement Manager
Dr Joanna Kyffin joined the EES in January 2012, having previously taught a number of evening classes for the Society. She trained at the University of Liverpool, and wrote her PhD on Egyptian magical texts, and her research focuses on the Egyptian language, Egyptian magical texts and the practice of magic, and correspondences between Egyptian and Near Eastern magical texts. She was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Copenhagen. Her role at the EES includes membership, planning the events programme, producing the various newsletters, and managing the Archive. She spends her spare time baking, reading and wishing she had a cat.
Hazel Gray joined the EES in 2013. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge and then took a post-graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies at Loughborough. After working in a couple of academic and commercial libraries, she settled into a career at Shell, which took her from the Library and Information Services, through a management consultancy team, into web management and finally to internal communications and change management. Her role at the EES includes keeping the London office running smoothly and safely, supporting the Director and Board of Trustees, and managing the Library. She spends her spare time studying for a distance-learning Diploma in Egyptology at Manchester University, going to horsey events, and trying to keep track of her daughters.
Fieldwork and Public Engagement Manager (Egypt)
See under Cairo Office.