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

Charlotte Roberts2

Charlotte Roberts


Charlotte Roberts

President (3 years)

A Fellow of the British Academy since 2014, Charlotte has been a member of BABAO since its inception. She has qualifications in nursing (SRN), archaeology (BA 1982), environmental archaeology (MA 1983) and bioarchaeology (PhD 1988). Her experience in teaching and research in bioarchaeology, and particularly palaeopathology, has provided her with a global perspective of biological anthropology. She has worked for over 30 years in bioarchaeology, mainly as an academic, but also in commercial archaeology in consultancy, and in writing many skeletal reports. She has seen bioarchaeology move from a "cottage industry" to a professional discipline in the UK, now with a real infrastructure that supports those working in the fields represented by BABAO. Her research focuses on question driven contextually based approaches to the palaeopathology of past populations. She has actively & regularly participated in many BABAO conferences (leading the organisation of two: Durham 2001 & 2014), was a committee member 1999-2000, and a working party member for the BABAO Codes of Ethics and Practice (published 2010), & the Guidelines for Standards (2001; published 2004).

During her term as President (2015-2018), she hopes to expand BABAO’s activities beyond academia, emphasizing the value of our work in understanding the present & planning for the future. (for more details of "what she does", do visit

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.