Shiela’s first archaeological excavation was at Wroxeter in 1964, an opportunity she gained by contacting the CBA, after which she dug locally in Middlesex and the City of London until moving to Kent in 1968. There Shiela joined the Kent Archaeological Society and became a supervisor on various archaeological sites in both Kent & Sussex. During her archaeological career Shiela has held (and still holds) a number of prominent positions, including Treasurer and Membership Secretary for the London Archaeologist (1976-2007), for whom she was also Trustee and subsequently Chair of the Standing Conference until it evolved into the Council for British Archaeology London (Shiela is currently Treasurer for CBA London). Within the Kent Archaeological Society, Shiela has been a Trustee (1991-present), member of the KAS Fieldwork Committee, Membership Secretary (2001-present), and Vice President (2011-present). Shiela’s other society commitments include being a committee member of the Tonbridge Historical Society and the Wealden Iron Research Group. She was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2005, and was granted Honorary Membership of the Council for British Archaeology and the Council for British Archaeology South-East. Shiela also remains active in the field, currently undertaking watching briefs for Kent County Council.