Meet Our Committee

Muriel O’Shea

We are very sad to announce that Muriel our long-standing  Membership Secretary and newsletter Editor has recently passed after a short illness. She made a massive contribution to MAES , and was always ready to welcome members old and new to meetings with a cheery smile. We will miss her very much.


The Society relies on its volunteer committee to arrange the many events that are held.  The current committee members:

PeterPeter Phillips – Peter is our Chairman, as well as Editor of Ancient Egypt Magazine  and author of The Columns of Egypt. He retired early from a career in IT because “there are more pleasurable ways of wasting time”!  He also has a great bass voice and regularly sings with his local choir.


Sarah Griffiths – as Secretary of MAES,  Sarah puts together the monthly lecture programme and runs MAES website and social media. After 18 years with the BBC, she is now Deputy Editor of Ancient Egypt Magazine and lectures to Egyptology societies across the UK.

Hilary Forrest – Hilary has been a member of MAES since 2001. She is our Membership Secretary  and is the author of Manufacturers, Mummies and Manchester, a study of the development of Egyptology in the Greater Manchester area.

Roger Forshaw – Roger is our Treasurer and is an honorary lecturer in biomedical Egyptology at  the University of Manchester. He has written a number of papers on healing practices and dental health in ancient Egypt. His latest book Egypt of the Saite Pharaohs, 664–525 BC was published in June.

Hilary Kelly – Hilary  is our assistant  Treasurer, a long term member of MAES and holds the University of Manchester Certificate in Egyptology. She has travelled widely and is one of the leaders of a forthcoming trip to Egypt for MAES members.

Rosalie David OBE- Rosalie has achieved world renown for her pioneering work in investigating mummies using non-destructive techniques and became Director of the KNH Centre for Biological and Forensic Studies in Egyptology at The University of Manchester. Her research work into the Schistosomiasis disease has been recognised with a prestigious award from the Anglo-French Medical Society and she was awarded an OBE in recognition of her services in Egyptology.

Louise Hart – Louise is our Events Coordinator, confirming bookings and ensuring everything runs smoothly.   She studied Egyptology at the the University of Liverpool. She also organises trips for MAES members both in the UK and abroad.

GillianGillian Cook – Gillian has organised many MAES trips to Egyptology collections around the UK and she also takes charge of the bookings for our study days. She is one of the longest -standing Committee members.

Hugh Polehampton – Hugh has been a committee member for many years and runs our very successful book auctions and sales to raise funds for the society.

Chris Marriott – holds the Certificate in Egyptology from the University of Manchester. He combines his interests in Egyptology and photography by spending all his holidays either in Egypt or visiting museums worldwide with Egyptology collections.

Glynis Greaves – Glynis developed an interest in Egyptology after a career teaching Classics.  She holds the Certificate in Egyptology from the University of Manchester.  She enjoys searching out news items and compiling puzzles for the MAES newsletter, Djehuty.