Statement regarding COVID-19

Members will be aware of the disruption caused worldwide by the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re pleased to be able to continue our plans for an Annual General Meeting by holding it online. Members will understand that this is because the safety of our members and staff is our main priority. Unfortunately, our Articles of Association mean that all votes at the 2020 AGM must be conducted by proxy only. These cannot be submitted electronically so must be printed and posted to our London office to be received by 16:00 on Thursday 19th November 2020. We look forward to being able to hold our regular AGM in 2021 and seeing you there.

Dr Linda Steynor, Chair

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  1. To receive the Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
  2. Director’s Report
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. To receive the Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020
  5. To approve the reappointment of Sayer Vincent LLP as Auditors until the end of the next Annual General Meeting and to authorise the Board of Trustees to fix their remuneration
  6. To approve a new clause for staff protection to be adopted as Article 10.5; this will be proposed as a Special Resolution. That the Articles of Association of the Society be amended by the addition of a new Article 10.5, as follows: The Society believes that its staff, its trustees and other volunteers have the right to a safe working environment, whether physical or virtual, which is free from intimidating and insulting behaviour, and recognises its legal obligations to provide such an environment. Harassment and bullying, whether orally, physically or in writing, can have serious consequences for the perpetrator and the victim. The Society prohibits all forms of bullying and harassment and is committed to taking appropriate steps to eliminate such behaviour towards its personnel under the terms of the Equality Act 2010 since both bullying and harassment affect working conditions, impact on health and safety, and undermine equality at work. Any member who is found to have abused, bullied or harassed the Society’s staff, trustees or volunteers will have their membership automatically terminated.
  7. To (re-)elect the following Members of the Board of Trustees on the recommendation of the Board:
    1. to elect Dr Omniya Abdel Barr
    2. to elect Dr John Baguley
    3. to re-elect Dr Violaine Chauvet
    4. to re-elect Dr Roberta Mazza
    5. to re-elect Mr Anandh Owen

By order of the Board
Dr Carl Graves, Director
25th September 2020

NOTE: A member entitled to attend and vote at the Meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on his/her behalf. A Proxy need not be a member of the EES. In order to be valid, the form of proxy must be completed and returned to the Egypt Exploration Society, 3 Doughty Mews, London WC1N 2PG not later than 16:00 on Thursday 19th November 2020.

Under Articles 30 and 31 of the Articles of Association, at each AGM one-third of the Trustees are subject to retirement by rotation, or if their number is not three or a multiple of three, the number nearest to one-third, must retire from office. Dr Luigi Prada is retiring having served 6 years and is therefore not eligible for re-election. Jan Morton is also retiring and not offering herself for re-election. Dr Violaine Chauvet, Dr Roberta Mazza, and Anandh Owen retire by rotation and offer themselves for re-election. The Board has decided to extend Dr Linda Steynor’s term of office for a final year under Article 37A. To fill the two remaining vacancies, the Board proposes the appointment of two new Trustees, Dr Omniya Abdel Barr and Dr John Baguley. Both these candidates are recommended by the Board. In recommending them for election, the Board has taken into account their knowledge and skills and where applicable their contribution to date, as well as the overall balance of skills and experience that the Board requires.


During the year 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, there were 4 Board meetings. The attendance over that year was as follows, the brackets reflecting the number of meetings attended out of the maximum possible:

Dr Margaret Mountford, Chair (3/3); Dr Linda Steynor, Vice-Chair [Chair from Nov 2019] (4/4); Sue Preston, Treasurer (4/4); Richard Ayre (2/3); Dr Val Billingham (3/3); Dr Violaine Chauvet (3/4); Dr Anna Garnett (2/4); Taco van Heusden (1/1); Dr Roberta Mazza (0/4); Jan Morton (3/4); Anandh Owen (1/4); Dr Luigi Prada (2/4); Dr Campbell Price (3/4); Luke Purser (1/3); Dr Sami Sadek (1/4); Dr Penelope Wilson (0/1); Dr Katharina Zinn (4/4).

Statements from Trustee candidates

Dr Omniya Abdel Barr is an architect specialised in Islamic art and architecture. She has experience in urban conservation, monument restoration and cultural heritage documentation and digitisation. She holds a PhD in History from Aix-Marseille University (2015), an MSc in Conservation from Raymond Lemaire Center in KUL (2004) and a BSc in Architecture from the Fine Arts of Helwan University (2000). She is the Barakat Trust Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, leading the digitisation project on K.A.C. Creswell’s photographic collections, in partnership with the American University in Cairo, the Ashmolean Museum and Harvard University. In Cairo, she is working with the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation on projects dedicated to rescue Historic Cairo’s architectural heritage and preserve traditional craftsmanship.

Dr John Baguley PhD MBA FinstF is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising UK and in 2016 received its Lifetime Contribution Award. He heads the International Fundraising Consultancy (, which he founded in 2000 to change the world. It now has offices in twelve countries. His clients include the top UN organisations, international NGOs and game changers of all sizes and in all fields.
John has also developed the free Top Table breakfast discussions for heads of fundraising in the Gherkin, London and free First Friday fundraising clinics in several countries as well as Fundraising TV on YouTube. He is occasionally active on social media. John has worked and lectured around the world and is the author of several books on including ‘Successful Fundraising’, his guide for fundraisers of all disciplines, which is also available in Russian. His PhD thesis “The Globalization of NGOs” is published by VDM.

Dr Violaine Chauvet developed her field of specialisation in Egyptian architecture with a postgraduate degree in Architecture-Archaeology (School of Architecture Paris-Strasbourg) before joining Dieter Arnold at the MMA to work on the architectural study of the mastaba of Perneb and other Old Kingdom monuments in the collection.
Violaine has excavated in Egypt for more than 20 years, and is now co-director of the Mut Temple Precinct project, with Prof Betsy Bryan (Johns Hopkins University), investigating the urban development of Thebes in the New Kingdom.
Violaine became a member of the EES in 2007 and served on the editorial team of the JEA with her colleagues at the University of Liverpool until 2012. As a Trustee of the Society, Violaine is committed to developing professional training and fieldwork, as well as museum opportunities, for students in Egyptology, and to foster collaboration with our Egyptian colleagues aimed at preserving and promoting Egypt’s cultural heritage.

Dr Roberta MazzaDr Roberta Mazza is a papyrologist and ancient historian who obtained a PhD from the University of Bologna in 1997. After holding positions in Italy and the United States, Roberta has been a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester since September 2009. Her research and teaching largely focus on the Greek and Latin papyri and other Egyptian antiquities of the University’s collections. She has been a research fellow of the John Rylands Research Institute since its creation in 2013 and is also academic honorary curator of the Graeco-Roman Egypt antiquities of the Manchester Museum. Roberta strongly believes in the public role of academics, and for this reason often takes part in public events and gives talks on Graeco-Roman Egypt. In recent years she has also taken an active role in the debate surrounding the Egyptian antiquities market, organizing and participating in conferences on the topic and writing about it in her blog, Faces&Voices.

Anandh OwenMr Anandh Owen is Chief Operating Officer of Delancey, a specialist real estate investment and advisory company. Prior to joining Delancey, Anandh spent nine years at Autodesk Inc, a NASDAQ-listed company, as European Director of Finance & Operations in both Media and Consumer software divisions and was involved in helping to manage revenue, operating margins and profitability on a quarterly basis with a view to achieving corporate targets. Since joining Delancey in September 2004, Anandh has conducted a full review of its operational capabilities and has embarked on a programme of improving the existing information technology infrastructure and aligning them to the needs to the business as a whole, thereby ensuring that Delancey operates more efficiently and effectively. He has also conducted a risk analysis review of the business and its allied finance and operating processes, with a view to developing a first class finance and business support regime, whereby finance materially improves its value to the business and provides a structured and streamlined process of providing accurate management and financial reporting. Anandh has also been responsible for defining a clear human resource strategy which allows Delancey to value, develop and optimise productivity through its employees. He has also been responsible for implementing all regulatory and compliance legislation for the past 10 years and manages assets approximating £4 billion. He has been passionate about the study of Egyptology for more than 15 years and has attended numerous courses over the years.

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