Staff – Meet the Team
Henk is Managing Director and one of the founding members of PGS. He has been involved in heritage resources and business management for the past 20 years. He has acted as project manager on more than 60 grave relocation projects for various environmental consulting firms, engineering firms, mining companies and developers. His firm grasp of the grave relocation process and the intricacies of the logistics or large scale grave relocation projects has earned him a reputation as one of the foremost grave relocation project managers.
Henk holds a BA (Hon) (Cum Laude) in Archaeology.
His main expertise covers Project Management of large scale grave relocation projects and business management. Henk provides PGS with a firm financial grounding and clear business goals.
With the other Directors of PGS Henk provides the back bone to a strong core of managers that is guiding PGS to exciting new frontiers
Henk is accredited with ASAPA as a Professional Archaeologist and has CRM grading as a Field Director in Grave Relocations. He also serviced on the Council of ASAPA for 5 years.
Wouter is a Director and one of the founding members of PGS. He has been involved in heritage resources management for the past 20 years acting as specialist consultant on various high-profile projects involving heritage and archaeology. He specialises in providing tailormade heritage solutions to the mining, water and oil and gas industries. Such projects include the heritage management implementation for the Clanwilliam dam project in South Africa, the Polihali Dam Project in Lesotho and the Mozambique Liquid Natural Gas Project on the Afungi Peninsula in Northern Mozambique. Other countries of experience include Botswana, Malawi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Wouter holds a BA (Hon) (Cum Laude) in Archaeology and is currently completing his MPhil in heritage studies .
His main expertise covers Project Management, archaeological input in surveys, mitigation and management, grave relocation action plans and management, Historical Research, GIS management and technical liaisons, heritage impact management and project analysis.
He is actively involved in the management of the business and focuses on marketing and new business for PGS specifically focussed on the Western Cape and the larger African continent.
Wouter is accredited with the Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners (APHP) as a Professional Heritage Practitioner, Amafa and ASAPA as a Professional Archaeologist and has CRM grading as a Principal Investigator in Grave Relocations and Field Director in Iron Age.
He is married to Ronelle and has a son Xander and daughter Cara.
Polke is a Director and one of the founding members of PGS. He has been involved in Heritage Resources management for the past 20 years acting as specialist consultant on various high profile projects involving heritage and archaeology. He has acted as project manager on more than 170 heritage impact assessments, grave relocation projects as well as historical and archival studies for various environmental consulting firms, engineering firms, mining companies and developers in areas such Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West Province, Northern Cape and Free State. He has also worked on heritage and archaeological projects in Botswana and Swaziland.
Polke holds a BA (Hon) (Cum Laude) in Archaeology and is planning to continue with further postgraduate studies in the near future.
His main expertise covers Project Management, Archaeological and historical input in surveys, mitigation and management, Grave Relocation management and consultation, Heritage Impact Assessments, Historical Archaeology as well as Historical and Archival Research.
Polke is also actively involved in the management of the business and focuses his attention on the social consultation component of grave relocation, the undertaking of Phase 2 Mitigation projects in terms of Late Iron Age and Historical (Colonial) archaeological sites as well as the development of the Botswana side of the business in close association with Botswana archaeologist Wim Biemond.
He is accredited with ASAPA as a Professional Archaeologist.
Polke is married to Heidi and has son Jonah.
Marko joined PGS in 2013 after being involved as a sub-contractor with PGS for a few years. He has been involved in Heritage Resources Management with his own company for the past 20 years. Marko has been involved in more than 300 Heritage Impact Assessment for a wide range of companies. His experience gained from involvement in several large scale Archaeological Mitigation/Rehabilitation projects, such as the Mapungubwe rehabilitation project and the Clanwilliam Dam Mitigation projects, enables him to bring years of experience on the fieldwork side of projects where the management of logistics and the workforce are crucial in the successful completion of these projects. He also focuses on the accurate documentation of work completed during these projects in order to produce thorough and comprehensive reports.
Marko is currently appointed as senior archaeologist and logistics manager on the Polihali Dam cultural heritage team in Lesotho.
Marko holds a BA (Hon) in Archaeology and plans to continue with post-graduate qualifications in the near future. He is accredited with ASAPA as a Professional Archaeologist and has CRM grading as a Field Director in Grave Relocations and Iron Age.
Jennifer joined PGS in 2011 as Office Manager and Heritage Specialist. She has been involved with Heritage Resources Management for nearly 20 years as she worked for a government authority before joining PGS. She gained a thorough knowledge of South African heritage legislation and administration as well as the permitting procedures in her previous positions with the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA). In her 6 years with PGS, Jennifer has been involved in a large number of Heritage Impact Assessments and Grave Relocation projects for a wide range of companies. She has also undertaken in-depth historical research for specific mitigation projects and been involved in the permit application process for various projects involving historical structures.
Jennifer holds a BA degree in Archaeology and a BA (Hons) degree in Social Anthropology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She plans to continue with post-graduate qualifications in the near future. She is accredited with ASAPA as a Technical Member.
Her areas of expertise include:
• Management of heritage impact assessment and grave relocation projects
• Management of document pathways through SAHRA and other heritage authorities as part of the process of obtaining permits
• Researching socio-historical backgrounds for projects, including in-depth research of specific organisations and regions
Tim joined PGS in 2018 to lead the Polihali Dam cultural heritage team in Lesotho. Prior to this Tim worked with PGS on a number of Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects over the past few years. However, Tim’s primary focus until his work with PGS has been in the academic field. He has published in international and local peer-reviewed journals as well as two books. His research interests are forager-farmer interactions, forager economies, trade dynamics, and rock art. Most of his work has been around the Limpopo and Shashe River confluences, including parts of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, but he has also conducted research in Mpumalanga, the North West Province and the Northern Cape.
Tim holds a BA, BSc (Hons) and MSc from the University of the Witwatersrand and a doctoral (DPhil) from the University of Oxford. He more recently was awarded an NRF Scarce Skills Innovation post-doctoral readership, which he served at the Universities of Pretoria (two years) and Witwatersrand (one year). During his postdoc, Tim also lectured at both universities (undergraduate and postgraduate candidates).
Tim is accredited with ASAPA and has CRM grading in Field Director for Stone Age, Iron Age and Rock Art. He also served two terms on council and co-established the Southern African Archaeological Student Council and its associated Student Development Workshop.
Jessica joined PGS in 2012 as an intern whilst she was completing her Master’s degree. In 2015 she was employed formally as a Junior Archaeologist. Jessica has been involved with numerous projects and HIAs and was also involved in the Clanwilliam Dam mitigation project as the Collections Manager on the project.
In 2018 Jessica was promoted to Senior Archaeologist at PGS and has been assigned to the Lesotho Highlands Polihali mitigation project as Collections and Laboratory Manager.
Jessica holds an MSc degree in Archaeology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She plans to continue with post-graduate qualifications in the near future.
She is accredited with ASAPA as a Professional Archaeologist.
Her areas of expertise include:
• Management of Heritage Impact Assessments
• GIS processing and sensitivity mapping
• Collections management of phase two archaeological mitigation projects
• Historical background research
Jessica is passionate about her work through PGS and has a great appreciation for the exposure her job provides. She loves the challenge each project presents and is always looking forward to the next adventure.
Linereè started at PGS Heritage in 2015 after she was awarded an internship through the National Research Foundation (NRF). Before this she completed her BA (Hon) in Archaeology at the University of South Africa. As part of her thesis she did a typology on a historic graveyard in Mpumalanga, a poster for these studies were displayed at the ASAPA conference in Zimbabwe in 2015. She has been furthering her studies in the Health, Safety and Environmental legislation to ensure PGS Heritage complies to all standards when conducting work on various mining development sites.
Since then she has been appointed as archaeologist and HSE representative for the grave relocations done by PGS. She has experience in multiple areas of the grave relocation process; preparation of legal notices, correspondence with permitting authorities, documentation of graves and burial grounds, exhumation processes and the preparation of reports. The administration and mitigation of some of these grave relocations took place in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North-west, Free State, Eastern Cape, Western Cape and in Mozambique. Linereè is accredited with ASAPA as a Professional Archaeologist and has CRM accreditation as Field Supervisor Iron Age, Stone Age and Field Director for Grave Relocations.
Ilan joined PGS in 2017 as an Archaeology Intern after being awarded an NRF Internship and was taken on by PGS as one of their Archaeologists in 2018.
Ilan graduated with his Master’s degree (MSc) in Archaeology in 2017 and was inducted into the prestigious Golden Key Society in 2018 for his achievements in that degree. He is also registered as a Professional Archaeologist with the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) and has CRM accreditation as Field Supervisor Iron Age, Stone Age and Grave Relocations..
Coming from a more research-oriented background, Ilan’s expertise is focused on the Later Stone Age and statistical analyses. His research on such topics has afforded him the opportunity to present at several international conferences. Over the course of his studies and his time at PGS, Ilan has become proficient at the skills required to undertake the fieldwork necessary for survey, excavation and exhumation projects, in addition to the thorough documentation and management skills required for the compilation of comprehensive reports.
John joined PGS in 2001 as an intern and has in the past 17 years gained valuable knowledge in field work techniques, logistics of excavations and field surveys. He is responsible for arranging logistics associated with grave relocations, archaeological excavations and field surveys.
Thomas has been involved in archaeology and archaeological field work since 1998 and in this time has become an invaluable member of the field work management of PGS projects. He is arguably one of the most experience excavators of human remains in the Southern African Region, with field experience as general excavator and later specialist field technician for PGS. Thomas also acts as community liaison with rural communities during field work.
Edward has been involved in archaeology and archaeological field work since 1998 and in this time has become an invaluable member of the field work management of PGS projects. In die past 20 years Edward has gained field experience as general excavator and later specialist field technician for PGS.
Louisa has been with PGS Heritage since 2013. She plays an integral part in the administration and logistic workings of the company. Her experience entails performing routine clerical and administrative functions not limited to the following; drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, travel arrangements for archaeologist fieldwork and providing information to callers.