Abi McCullough BSc MCIfA
Abi manages CPAT’s Historic Environment Advisory Services, including the Planning Services and Historic Environment Record teams, as well as the Heritage Management team. Abi has been CPAT’s Regional Archaeologist since 2021; prior to this she had been the Trust’s Senior Heritage Management Archaeologist.
Abi joined CPAT in 2001 after gaining a BSc in Heritage Conservation at Trinity College Carmarthen, and working for Northamptonshire Heritage. Her original role was to prepare desk-based assessments and carry out farm surveys for the Welsh agri-environment scheme (then known as Tir Gofal). Since then her job has widened considerably. As Heritage Management Archaeologist her main role continued to be to advise on aspects of field monument management for agri-environment schemes (later known as Glastir), but her work also included advising on EIA scoping assessments, ongoing management of CPAT’s own hillfort (Beacon Ring), working with the Offa’s Dyke Path liaison committee, Cadw-funded project work, the creation of records for the Portable Antiquities Scheme database and more.
One of Abi’s key roles is maintaining close relationships with Natural Resources Wales (NRW), delivering training and capacity building to deliver positive outcomes for the historic environment as part of NRW’s wider commitment to enhancing Wales’ natural environment. CPAT works closely with the other Welsh Archaeological Trusts to deliver services and projects for NRW under a Memorandum of Understanding. Education and outreach, and integrating that with Heritage Management, is very important to Abi. As well as assisting CPAT’s Education and Outreach team with their events and projects, in her spare time Abi is also a Leader of the local Young Archaeologists’ Club.