Our Team

Simon Bray – Contracts Manager

Simon began life as a commercial archaeologist and for 20 years worked as such on a variety of projects around the United Kingdom and Europe.

From 2001 to 2008 he project managed single and mass exhumations in London including those at Payne Road (1000 burials), Commercial Road (750 burials), and Southwark (15,000 burials).

Having assembled a team of professionals in the field, he established Phoenix Exhumations Ltd in 2008 with the aim of bringing respect, dignity and professionalism to the exhumation industry.


Robin King, Chartered Engineer Mtech, MIMechE, MIEE

Robin is a renowned, established and respected Chartered Engineer with experience of working globally and within the United Kingdom.  He began his career as an apprentice fitter and turner with a heavy engineering and construction company.

With extensive experience of working on construction sites, he has a wealth of experience in dealing with Health and Safety, Risk and COSHE assessments.

Working with national and international companies on a diverse range of projects including the Royal Navy, he was also the senior lecturer in Engineering at the University of Hertfordshire.

More recently, his career has led him to work extensively with public artists ensuring structural integrity and compliance with Health and Safety regulations.

Robin is responsible for the initial site assessment, site set up and routine monitoring of on site health and safety of exhumation contracts.


Dawn Keen, MA, BA (Arch)

Dawn is an experienced consultant archaeologist.  She gained her masters degree from the University of Leicester in 1998, specialising in the study of human remains.  She has specialised in the study, excavation and exhumation of burials since that date.

Dawn has worked on a number of cemetery sites from all periods throughout the country as well as working extensively overseas on projects in Jordan, Libya, Italy and Albania.
Her UK experience of archaeological cemetery excavations includes: Whitefriars, (Norwich), Grange Park (Northamptonshire), Compton Wynyates (Warwickwhire) crypt excavation and restoration.

From 2005 until 2008 she acted as archaeological consultant of several large redundant London graveyards at Payne Road, Commercial Road and Southwark.

Dawn has also managed smaller specialist projects including: the archaeological recording of John Cartwright’s Tomb, Finchley (the founder of the secret ballot), the exhumation of Cardinal Vaughan for Westminster Cathedral, and the excavation and restoration of the Marquess of Northampton’s family crypt.


Michelle Wisdom (Bsc)

Michelle graduated from Anglian Ruskin University in Cambridge gaining a degree in Forensic Science in 2003. She has worked with the team both in her official capacity and as a site worker.  On exhumations it is her responsibility to examine  cadavers with surviving soft tissue to assess the risk of communicable diseases.

She was the forensic specialist providing analytical services for an investigatory exhumation involving a historical poisoning, Ipplepen, Devon.

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