Department for Communities Northern Ireland
Rhonda Robinson has been Assistant Director / Principle Inspector of Historic Monuments with Historic Environment Division (HED), Department for Communities Northern Ireland since 2013. In her current position Rhonda leads a team with a remit for the Historic Environment Record of Northern Ireland (HERoNI), and the designation of sites and monuments for statutory protection. Her recent work has focused on the accommodation and accessibility of archaeological artefact collections and archives from excavations, and also reviewing the archaeological legislation in Northern Ireland, including the associated policies, as well as working with the professional Institutes to develop a new suite of standards and guidance. She is also leading in the delivery of Archaeology 2030: A Strategic Approach for Northern Ireland which aims to deliver a cohesive structure and collaborative voice for archaeology within the region. Rhonda previously worked as a contract archaeologist and subsequently as a Senior Inspector in a variety of roles within HED from 1996 onwards, with a focus on the management of monuments, particularly in farmland, conservation, including works to significant masonry State Care monuments, protection through designation, and promoting public access to sites.