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New faces at the ADS

Over the last couple of months, we have welcomed a few new faces to the ADS Team, so we thought it would be a good time to provide a general update of staffing across the organisation.

Unfortunately we have also said goodbye to a member of staff. In May we said goodbye to Jamie Geddes, one of our Digital Archives Assistant, who is staying at the University as a support assistant working on the Virtual Learning Environment. Everyone at the ADS wishes Jamie in his new role and hopes he visits us at Kings Manor again soon.

Image of staff member Valeria Carrillo Garza
Valeria Carrillo Garza

We are happy to announce that we have appointed two new members of the digital archives team; Valeria Carrillo Garza and Marco Brunello as Digital Archives Assistants. Valeria joined the ADS back in 2022 as an intern, after completing an MSc in Digital Heritage at the University of York, and we are pleased that she will continue with us in her new role. Marco is a new member of staff, having joined the ADS in July and previously worked at Labcorp in Harrogate as a Study Support Specialist. Marco also served as Digital Preservation trainee with The National Archives’ Bridging the Digital Gap programme.


Photo of ADS staff member Richard Paxford
Richard Paxford
Photo of staff member Marco Brunello
Marco Brunello

We also welcome Richard Paxford, who joins as a digital archives assistant for the next six months. Richard joined us from Cotswold Archaeology where he served as a Post-Excavation Supervisor. Richard will provide cover for Becky Hirst, one of our digital archive assistants, who back in May went on maternity leave. We wish Becky and her family well and look forward to welcoming her back in the new year!

For more information about what role our Digital Archives Assistant’s (or DAA) serve at the ADS, have a look at this previous blog post from Tim Evans, our Deputy Director.


Image of ADS Intern Solange Bohling
Solange Bohling
Image of ADS Intern Catie Reagan
Catie Reagan

We’ve also welcomed three new interns, who will be with us here at the ADS until the end of 2023. Catie Reagan is a recent graduate of MSc in Digital Heritage at the University of York, course and will be helping our team to archive datasets created by the archaeological investigation ahead of HS2. Solange Bohling is a current MSc student, who is investigating the user preferences for the publication of data depicting human skeletal remains on the ADS for sites based in the UK. And lastly Amy Baker, another current MSc student, will be helping on metadata cleaning for HS2 over late Summer and Autumn 2023.