Meet the trustees | The Roman Baths

Meet the trustees

Bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the Roman Baths Foundation.

The trustees have overall responsibility for the Roman Baths Foundation. They make sure legal requirements are fulfilled and the Foundation is doing what it was set up to do. Our trustees come from all walks of life, sharing their skills and knowledge in a voluntary capacity.

Fiona Pollard (Chair)

Fiona runs her own events company and sits on several boards. After a career in the City working in the derivatives sector with a number of international banks, Fiona ran the Hop Farm Country Park in Kent until 2006. She has close connections with the county, organising the Leeds Castle Classical Concert each summer. She was a founder member of the Kent Tourism Alliance and one of the original trustees behind Turner Contemporary in Margate. Following several years living in Australia, Fiona returned to the UK in 2016 and now lives in Bath. She sits on the VisitEngland Tourism Advisory Board and is a trustee of the Friends of the Victoria Art Gallery.

Anthony Beeson

Anthony is a noted classical iconographer who has written and lectured on Romano-British art and appeared on the programme Time Team. His fascination with the world of Greece and Rome began as a child. He is also a trustee of the Association for Roman Archaeology and former archivist for the Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics. Apart from his academic writing for journals, he has had ten volumes published on the history of Bristol, Brighton and Dorset and his forthcoming volume on ancient Roman Gardens is to be published in 2019. He also developed the Bristol Art Library into one of the finest British public collections of art books.

Peter Davenport

Peter Davenport started out as an architectural historian and moved into archaeology after working on various projects, He came to work in Bath in 1980 and stayed there for 25 years as Senior Field Archaeologist and then Director of Excavations for Bath Archaeological Trust. During that time he built up an extensive knowledge of the archaeology of the city and the Roman Baths. He is currently a Buildings Archaeologist and advises the Roman Baths on archaeological matters, including the Archway Project. Peter is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Dr Michael Forsyth

Michael is an architect and directs the postgraduate degree course in the Conservation of Historic Buildings at the University of Bath. After being awarded the Rome Scholarship in Architecture and residence in Italy Michael practised in Canada then lectured at the University of Bristol and has practised and lived in Bath since 1987. His books include Buildings for Music: The Architect, the Musician, and the Listener from the Seventeenth Century to the Present Day; Bath: Pevsner Architectural Guides and four edited books on themes of Historic Building Conservation. He lives at William Beckford’s Library in Lansdown Crescent.

Robert Halton

Robert is the Chief People Officer for the law firm Burges Salmon. He works in Bristol, lives in Bath and hails from Chorley in Lancashire. His interest in all things Roman stems from being involved in digs at the Roman cavalry fort in Ribchester during his youth; once he found his first Roman nail he was hooked!

Siân Macdonald

Siân is a primary school teacher - a family-friendly career choice made after a spell as a teaching assistant. Passionate about inspiring children to read, during her 11-year full-time teaching career she researched the impact of storytelling through theatre, led a department and managed reading initiatives for children.  Teaching followed 12 years in government public relations and as a newspaper journalist.  She now combines part-time supply teaching with volunteering as a Youth Hostel Association manager, Mayor of Bath Guide and steward at Bath Festival and Iford Arts.

Martin Shields

Martin has worked in local government for 37 years at a number of local authorities and across a range of services such as housing, homelessness, estate management, environmental services, cultural services and performance management and development. He is the Corporate Director at Bath and North East Somerset Council with specific portfolio responsibilities for Economy & Growth, Environmental Services, Development & Public Protection and Partnerships and Corporate Services. Outside of work, he and his partner are foster carers on a respite basis to 5 children

Alexandra Steffensen

Alexandra obtained a degree in Egyptology and worked in Archaeology and the Museum sector before qualifying as a Solicitor. She moved to Bath in 2004 from London to join Stone King LLP to specialise in advising on charity law. She is a member of the Charity Law Association, and Ecclesiastical Law Society, and is one of the organisation team of the annual Catholic Charity Conference. Prior to joining the board of The Roman Baths Foundation she was a trustee of Age UK Bath and North East Somerset Limited. Outside of work Alexandra enjoys walking and visiting Museums

Peter Turner

Peter worked as a Chartered Engineer. His career spanned 29 years. A former councillor for Abbey Ward in Bath, Peter now focuses on being a business mentor for the Prince’s Trust. He is also volunteers with the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development giving talks and workshops to mainly Catholic Primary schools on climate change, injustice and poverty in the poorest countries in the world.  Outside of work, Peter enjoys storytelling, theatre, travel, watching rugby, and politics.

Jane Woodward

Jane spent 17 years in local government, first as a town planner, then as Assistant CEO of two local authorities. Since 1998, Jane has co-founded and ran a business consultancy specialising in stakeholder dialogue, working with organisations in the UK and Europe, worked in senior roles in the Church.  She discovered the foundation when Operations Manager at Bath Abbey and continues her involvement despite now living in South East Wales, where she runs her own business. A keen singer in her spare time, Jane is also a trustee of the Royal School of Church Music.

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