The following people currently serve as the Board of Trustees for The British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology.

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Bennjamin Penny-Mason

Membership Secretary

Dr. Bennjamin J. Penny-Mason BSc MSc PhD PCIfA

Membership Secretary (2020‒)

E-mail: academia[at]

Bennjamin is a recent doctoral graduate from the Department of Archaeology at Durham University. He is currently a freelance (bio)archaeologist. During his BSc he developed an interest in palaeopathology in which he pursued an MSc degree in at Durham University in 2011. After graduating in 2012, he worked as an archaeologist and archivist in the commercial sector and spending the following four years working for Oxford Archaeology. During that time, he worked on a number of large-scale cemetery sites and undertook various osteological assignments. After leaving Oxford Archaeology in September 2015, he began his PhD at Durham University in bioarchaeology, funded by a Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC) studentship, which was completed in 2020. Upon completion, he undertook fixed-term roles working for Cranfield Recovery and Identification of Conflict Casualties and Historic England.

Job Description

The membership secretary is responsible for:

  • Managing the BABAO membership records through registering new members, keeping members’ details up to date, verifying the student status of student members, and deleting records of cancelled/lapsed memberships
  • Managing the BABAO mailing list and members’ area of the BABAO website and ensuring members have access to them, as well as providing necessary information for the Student Representative to manage the BABAO Facebook pages
  • Helping members with any enquiries or problems relating to their membership
  • Ensuring all members pay the appropriate annual subscription through regularly checking bank and PayPal transaction records, keeping a record of cheques received, and following up on late payment of fees
  • Verifying membership status of members when required, e.g. for BABAO Small Grant applicants, or conference registration
  • Preparing membership reports for BABAO Trustees meetings, the AGM, and the Annual Review, and providing information on the membership to other Trustees when reasonably requested