Trustee recommendations for the Annual General Meeting

At the virtual AGM on 21st November 2020, two Trustees, Ms Jan Morton and Dr Luigi Prada, will retire. Dr Violaine Chauvet, Dr Roberta Mazza, and Mr Anandh Owen will also retire and will 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. The Board recommend Dr Omniya Abdel Barr and Mr John Baguley to fill the two vacancies that will arise.

Short biographies of the proposed new Trustees are set out below.

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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, i.e. by Thursday 10th September 2020.

The Board’s recommendations for Trustees to fill the 2 vacancies

Dr Omniya Abdel Barr

Omniya is an architect with a multidisciplinary 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).

Her work is concentrated on Islamic art and architecture with a focus on the Mamluk period (1250-1517) in Egypt and Syria. Since 2012, she has been documenting the looting and destruction in Egypt and has actively campaigned to save Historic Cairo’s architectural and cultural heritage. Omniya has initiated partnerships with respectable international institutions and has set up the structure and funding of her projects. Currently, 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. She is also directing projects to rescue Mamluk heritage with the Egyptian Heritage Rescue Foundation, in which she is trying to set up a structure to preserve the know-how in traditional craftsmanship and create a specialised center in design to promote Historic Cairo’s arts and crafts.

Dr John Baguley PhD MBA FinstF

John 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.

He 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.

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The Board's nominees for re-election

Dr Violaine Chauvet

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 Roberta Mazza

Dr Roberta MazzaRoberta 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.

Mr Anandh Owen

Anandh OwenAnandh 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.