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Rhonda Robinson

Department for Communities Northern Ireland

Rhonda Robinson has been Assistant Director / Principle Inspector of Historic Monuments with the Historic Environment Division (HED), Department for Communities Northern Ireland since 2013. In her current position Rhonda leads a team with a remit for the National Monuments and Buildings Record for Northern Ireland, which incorporates  information on all aspects of our the historic environment.  Rhonda also has responsibility for the identification, recording, selection and designation of monuments for statutory protection through Scheduling, input to Local Development Plans and Strategic Environmental Assessment and marine archaeology. Rhonda's current work includes reviewing the designations policies, excavation licencing and associated archaeological artefact collections, and legislative requirements for archaeology in Northern Ireland as well as leading in the Way Forward for Archaeology Task Groups which are aiming to deliver a cohesive structure and collaborative voice for archaeology within the region. She 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. 

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