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

Becky R rect

Rebecca Redfern


Rebecca Redfern

President (2020‒2024)

E-mail: rredfern[at]

Rebecca has been Curator of Human Osteology at the Museum of London since 2008.

Rebecca gained a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham (1997-2000), before going on to study at Durham University for an MSc in Palaeopathology (2000-1), then returning to Birmingham for her doctoral studies (2001-5). Her first job was as part of the team analysing the human remains from St Mary Spital for Museum of London Archaeology, followed by a year at The British Museum as Curator of Physical Anthropology. Rebecca was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2010 and was an honorary research fellow at Durham University from 2015-18, and is currently a fellow at the University of Newcastle. Her work at the museum is varied and rewarding, including exhibitions, outreach and learning, as well as research. Rebecca is currently working on a new prehistory gallery, and her research combines the themes of population diversity, health inequalities and enslavement.

Over the past fifteen years, Rebecca has served twice on the BABAO committee as museum representative, and has delivered the association’s ethics, practice and imaging documents twice.

Job Description

The President's role broadly involves:

  • Chairing 3 committee meetings each year (November, February and June), and the AGM at the Annual September conference - checking agendas and minutes, addressing actions.

  • Leading e-mail discussions amongst the committee about problems that arise between meetings. 

  • Making sure actions highlighted from committee meetings are progressed

  • Helping to identify and approaching suitable people for committee posts

  • Identifying future conference venues and approaching hosts

  • Writing the BABAO responses to national level items of relevance

  • Coordinating the writing of letters of various kinds from the Committee

  • Writing a piece for the Annual BABAO Review

  • Defining a vision for where the association should be by the end of the 3 year post, and working with the committee to achieve key goals.