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Meet the Board

Icon is a registered charity. Our Board of Trustees have ultimate responsibility for the organisation including compliance, finance, strategy and staff. Icon Trustees are both charity trustees and directors

All Trustees are Icon Members and must abide by Icon's Values and Code of Conduct.

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Siobhan Stevenson

Chair

Siobhan Stevenson ACR is Head of Collections Care for National Museums Northern Ireland. A graduate in Archaeological Conservation, Siobhan has over 25 years’ experience in conservation, cultural practice and management including nine years as a lecturer and examiner at Cardiff University where she established the MSc in Collections Care. In 2002 Siobhan became Culture and Arts Manager for Belfast City Council, where she authored and implemented Belfast’s first Culture and Arts Plan and Integrated Cultural Strategy. Siobhan now manages a team of conservators, stores’ staff and technicians. 

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Penny Bendall

Trustee

Penny Bendall is a ceramics conservator with 25 years’ experience working on national and international collections for museums and private clients. She is a Royal Warrant Holder. A Trustee of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, Penny is also Development Consultant for the Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship, a Plowden Medal Trustee and is on the executive committee of the Lord Mayor of London’s Cultural Scholarship Scheme. Penny is involved in teaching and organising conferences on conservation ethics for art business, art law and art history postgraduates and the art world generally, including Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

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Iain Boyd (co-opted)

Trustee

Iain Boyd is a Guardian and the Chairman of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). He has previously held other trustee and governance positions in education and with the Samaritans. Iain originally worked in banking followed by a career in advertising and television, working for J Walter Thompson and independently for Channel 4. From 1996, he worked in new media, founding and developing several businesses including Intermedia UK and publishing group C-stream. He holds a first degree in Psychology and an MSc in Conservation of the Historic Environment.

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Sarah Cove

Trustee

Sarah Cove is an Accredited paintings conservator, technical art historian and an Accredited NADFAS lecturer. She is a fellow of IIC and BAPCR and deputy chair of BAPCR. Following a BA (Hons) in Art History, she trained at the Courtauld Institute, Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. Sarah freelances for heritage and private clients, specialising in British paintings, especially portraiture, landscape and oil sketches. In 1986 she established the Constable Research Project. Sarah is also a member of the Steering Group of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

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Megan De Silva

Trustee Wales

Megan de Silva studied Conservation of Objects for Museums and Archaeology and went on to be Social History Conservator at St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff. She worked at the National Museum of Scotland before returning to Wales as Conservator for Monmouthshire Museums Service. Megan completed an MA in Professional Conservation and Collections Care at Cardiff University and sits on the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Committee for Wales. She also belongs to the stewardship group of the Federation of Welsh Museums, helping to organise the Conservation Matters in Wales Conference.

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Rebecca Hellen

Trustee

Rebecca Hellen currently works as a paintings conservator, looking after displays and exhibitions for Tate Britain as well as study and care of the collection. After completing a Foundation in Art then BA Art History with History, she trained as an easel paintings conservator at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Work in private practice was followed by two years at the Conservation Centre, Liverpool, followed by the move to Tate in 2002. Recent research has focused on new methods for cleaning paintings and the techniques of British artists including JMW Turner and John Singer Sargent. Rebecca chairs Tate's elected consultative body, the Tate Staff Council.

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David Howell

Trustee

David Howell worked in the sugar industry for three years after graduating in Chemistry. He then returned to academia and graduated in English Medieval Studies. David then spent 20 years at Historic Royal Palaces working mainly in textile conservation science. While there, he co-founded Hanwell Monitors and was principal investigator on the European-funded research project Monitoring of Damage in Historic Tapestries. David joined Bodleian Libraries 11 years ago and is now Head of Conservation Research. His main interest is non-destructive, non-invasive methods of revealing information from library material.

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Peter Martindale

Trustee

After graduating in Fine Art, Peter Martindale ACR undertook a three-year apprenticeship in the conservation of wall paintings at Canterbury Cathedral Wall Paintings Workshop. He then worked for a number of conservators in the private sector on wall paintings, paintings and stone before founding his own company in 2003. Over the years, Peter has played an active part in Icon Stone and Wall Paintings Group, co-organising a number of conferences. He is an Icon Mentor, member of the Science and Heritage sub-committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a trained yoga teacher.

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Caroline Peach

Trustee

Caroline Peach has an MA in paper conservation from Camberwell College of Arts. She has worked in conservation and collection at Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Oxford. In 2002 she joined the UK Institute for Conservation (UKIC) to redevelop the Conservation Register. She transferred to the Institute of Conservation, acting as Icon’s interim Chief Executive for six months in 2008. Caroline joined the British Library in 2009 as Head of the Preservation Advisory. In 2013 she set up her own consultancy business. Caroline is a member of the Archive Accreditation Committee and the Scottish Council on Archives.

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Jenny Williamson

Trustee

Jenny Williamson is an Accredited freelance paintings conservator at the National Library of Wales and lecturer at Aberystwyth University. After graduating from Cambridge University she trained in Conservation of Easel Paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She moved to Wales in 1989 to work as Paintings Conservator at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. Jenny established the first painting conservation studio in the National Library of Wales, and began teaching conservation issues to fine art and art history students at the university. Jenny organised Sharing Conservation Decisions conferences in 2011 and 2013 at NLW.

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Frances Graupner

Trustee

Frances Graupner is a commercial lawyer with a special focus on advising on art and cultural projects generally and on education for careers in the creative arts. She has wide experience of working with major corporations and charities as well as higher education institutions.  She now specialises in supporting the enterprise activities of the University of the Arts London, a global leader in the art and design sector with a diverse mix of constituent colleges including Camberwell, which teaches conservation, Central St Martins, Chelsea, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon. 

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Mel Houston

Trustee

Mel Houston ACR is the National Preventive Conservator for the National Trust for Scotland. Mel has worked for the Trust in this role for the last seven years and has also been an Icon Intern Supervisor as well as a PACR Mentor during this time. Mel completed under graduate and post graduate degrees in science and arts before gaining an MA in Preventive Conservation. She is on the Pest Odyssey Steering Committee for IPM in the UK and lectures in IPM at the Centre for Textile Conservation at the University of Glasgow.

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Jonathan Betts

Trustee

Involved in the conservation world as Horology Conservator since the mid 1970s, Jonathan was in private horological conservation practice for five years before being appointed Horology Conservator at the NMM Greenwich in 1979. In 2000 he was appointed Senior Curator of Horology and Curator Emeritus on his retirement in 2015. He is now based in Wiltshire. Since 1980 he has also been Horological Adviser to other heritage bodies, including the National Trust. Among a number of professional distinctions, he was awarded the Plowden Medal in 2013 for his work in Conservation and an MBE in 2012 for ‘Services to Horology’.

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Ruth Howlett

Trustee

Ruth Howlett is a communications specialist with 14 years’ experience in media and public relations. Currently Head of Media and PR at Historic Royal Palaces, Ruth is a graduate of Queen Mary, University of London, holds a postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Professional Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is studying part-time for a Master’s degree in Corporate Communications. Ruth joined Icon as a co-opted Trustee in 2016.

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Deborah Walton

Trustee

Deborah graduated from Durham University with a Masters Degree in the Conservation of Historic Objects.  She has since worked at The University of Cambridge, The National Trust, The Royal Institution of Great Britain, The Science Museum and The Imperial War Museum. From 2009 she has provided conservation support to the University of Cambridge Museums and across Cambridgeshire and the East of England as part of a joint project between The University of Cambridge and Cambridgeshire County Council.  She founded the SHARE conservation network and instigated and organises annual SHARE collections care conferences.  

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Lorraine Finch

Trustee

Lorraine Finch is an accredited archives conservator. She is Secretary of the Icon Photographic Materials Group, a committee member of the Icon Documentation Group and an assessor for the Icon PACR and the ICRI accreditation schemes. Following her MA Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts she was employed at the University of Southampton, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the National Army Museum. In 2003 she established LF Conservation and Preservation which provides conservation and preservation to institutions and individuals of archives. Lorraine specialises in the conservation and preservation of photographic material.