Meet Our Committee


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.

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

    Muriel O’Shea – Muriel is our Membership Secretary. If you have an enquiry about murielmembership – or know somebody who does – Muriel is the person to contact. She is also Editor of our newsletter, Djehuty, keeping members up to date with news and events and ensuring that all members receive their copy whether by email or post. To get in touch, email: murmosnile @

Hilary FHilary Forrest – our Treasurer has been a member of MAES since 2001. With a lifelong interest in Egyptology, she holds the Manchester University Certificate in Egyptology and is the author of Manufacturers, Mummies and Manchester, a study of the development of Egyptology in the Greater Manchester area.

GillianGillian Cooke – 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.

Louise Hart – Louise studied Egyptology at the the University of Liverpool. She organises MAES trips both in the UK and abroad, and oversees our fund-raising raffle, raising money for Egyptology causes.

Hugh Polehampton – Hugh runs our very successful book auctions and sales to raise funds for the society and also manages the society’s Facebook group.


Hilary Kelly – Hilary  is our Assistant Treasurer and a long term member of MAES.


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.

Rosalie David OBE is the newest member of the committee. She 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.