Trustee recommendations for the annual general meeting

At the AGM on 24th November 2018, three trustees (Dr Margaret Maitland, Liam McNamara and Dr Neal Spencer) will retire by rotation and will not be standing for re-election.

There were ten applicants for trusteeship, all of whom were interviewed by a panel of trustees, and the Board has decided to recommend Dr Violaine Chauvet, Dr Anna Garnett and Dr Campbell Price to fill the three vacancies that will arise because of these retirements. Short biographies of the proposed new trustees are set out below.

In addition, Dr Roberta Mazza (appointed in 2015) and Jan Morton (appointed in 2016) will retire by rotation and offer themselves for re-election, and our Treasurer Sue Preston, having joined the Board since the last AGM, will stand for election by members. The Board recommends the reappointment of these three trustees.

The AGM will be preceded by a study day, Egypt's Shifting Capital. You can book tickets for this event here

Members’ right to stand for election

Any member is entitled to stand for election as a trustee at the AGM in accordance with the provisions of Article 33 of the Society’s Articles of Association, namely by giving the Society a notice signed by 1) the member who wishes to be appointed and 2) another member who is entitled to vote at the AGM, stating that member’s intention to propose the first member as a trustee.  The notice must contain the name, any former name, service address, country or state (or part of the UK) in which he/she is usually resident, nationality, business occupation (if any) and date of birth of the member to be proposed; this is the information required to be filed at Companies House about directors. To be valid the notice has to be received by the Society not less than 70 clear days before the date of the AGM, ie by Thursday 13th September.

Nominees for election

Dr Violaine Chauvet, University of Liverpool

Following a BA and MA in Egyptology at the University of Geneva, Violaine 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 came to Liverpool in 2007 after completing her PhD at John Hopkins University and teaches on a broad range of topics in Egyptian material culture (such as art, archaeology and heritage), language and society.

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 looks forward to helping shape events, lectures and workshops involving academic and museum colleagues from the UK and abroad, to disseminate current research and practices in the field of Egyptology within the EES community at large. She is also committed to the EES core strategy in 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 Anna Garnett, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London

Anna brings her expertise in Egyptian archaeology and a track record of academic and popular research and publication to the Board of Trustees. Anna has over a decade of experience in international fieldwork projects in Egypt and Sudan, including her EES grant-funded work at Amarna from 2015-17 as a ceramicist. Anna acquired her PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2018 focusing on sacred landscapes in Egypt’s Eastern Desert.

Anna has been involved in Society education and training programmes since 2015 and was also instrumental in our first Egyptian Archaeology Skills School during which she educated students about ceramics and small finds recording and analysis.

In 2017 Anna was appointed Curator of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology and would look forward to using her skills in engagement to benefit the Society’s archive and library collections and particularly in encouraging their use by researchers and students.  

Dr Campbell Price, Manchester Museum, University of Manchester

Campbell holds a PhD in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. Since 2011, he has been Curator of Egypt and Sudan at Manchester Museum, one of the most significant collections of Egyptian objects in the UK. In this role Campbell confronts daily the public (mis)perception of Ancient Egypt, and aims to explain aspects of the culture and why it matters today. His field- and museum work in Egypt itself has fostered links that he continues to develop. Campbell believes the EES is a key vehicle for both the connection of specialists and engagement with broader audiences in the UK and Egypt. A key question must be: why do we study Ancient Egypt and why is it relevant today?

Campbell’s work posing questions about Ancient Egypt – through publications, exhibitions, and on traditional and social media – has given him an insight into the needs and demands of variety of audiences. He would look to bring both strategic perspective to the future of the EES as an institution for British Egyptologists, and to develop its relevance and reputation beyond the Academy in Egypt and abroad.