Andrew is the third generation of Birley’s to work as the Director of excavations for the Vindolanda Trust after his father Dr Robin Birley and grandfather Professor Eric Birley. He is the nephew of Professor Anthony Birley.

Andrew started excavating at the site as a teenager and then got his undergraduate degree and PhD from the University of Leicester. He has worked at the site in a full-time capacity since 1996, becoming director of Excavations in 2005 and CEO in 2015, taking over from Patricia Birley in that role.

A former Chair of the Archaeology Committee for the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies he is widely published on Vindolanda and the Roman frontier in Britain.