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The current committee members are listed below

Click on an officer's link to view his/her profile. If you wish to contact any of the committee members, please email with the committee member's name in the subject heading.


Committee Member Profiles

Michelle Stoddart, Chair Term ends April 2019

Michelle is currently a Book Conservation Team Leader at the British Library. She has volunteered, interned and worked in the conservation sector for the past 10 years. Michelle has worked in art galleries, museums, archives and libraries in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. She has a MA in Conservation from the University of Melbourne and a MA in Museum Studies from the University of Sydney.

Michelle is really eager to hear any ideas that people may have regarding the Book and Paper Group. Please feel free to contact Michelle using the email listed at the head of the page.

Abigail Bainbridge, Treasurer Term ends August 2017

Abigail is Associate Tutor in the Conservation of Books and Library Materials at West Dean College and Lecturer in Conservation Science at Camberwell College of Arts. She also co-runs Bainbridge Conservation, which offers assessment and treatment of books, furniture and decorative wooden objects. Before moving to the UK she worked for two years as a technician in the book conservation laboratory at Columbia University and on a freelance basis as a conservator at Paper Dragon Books, both in New York City. Abigail has an MA in Conservation Studies from West Dean College (2012) and a BFA in Printmaking and Art History with a concentration in book arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2007). Current research interests include non-destructive analysis of degraded paper and 18th-century French bookbinding. 

Salvador Alcántara Peláez, Secretary Term ends August 2017

Salvador has worked as a conservator for the British Library/Qatar Foundation Partnership digitization project since July 2015. He has a degree in Geography and History/History of Art and a master’s degree in Museum Studies. He trained in bookbinding before moving to the UK to undertake an FdA in Book Conservation at the Camberwell College of Arts, London. This was followed by a one-year Icon/HLF internship at the Wellcome Library, a period of independent practice, and a sixteen-month contract at the National Records of Scotland.

Fiona McLees, Events & Training(E&T) Chair

Fiona has been on the Events and Training committee for over 3 years, and was a key member on the planning committee for the Book and Paper Group’s first conference Adapt & Evolve 2015. She graduated from Camberwell in 2010, followed by work at The National Archives and a year’s internship at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin. She has since worked for the Imperial War Museum and Tate, and is now a conservator at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. She is very keen to hear from any members of the Book and Paper Group who are interested in either offering workshops in order to share their specialist skills, or who would like to request training in specific areas. Please email with your enquiries, or click on the Conservation Training Register link above left.

Nikki Tomkins, Student Development Officer Term ends April 2019

Graduated from Camberwell in 2015, Nikki is currently based at the Oxford Conservation Consortium working on both book and paper objects. As the Student Development Officer, she acts as the voice of students and tutors on the committee. She hopes to develop links between the different colleges, and create more platforms for students and recent graduates to present their research. She’s always up for a chat so get in touch if you have any questions or ideas. You can reach her at or join the student and alumni Facebook group here:

Thomas Bower, Book & Paper Group Sub-editor Term ends April 2018

I graduated from the MA programme in Paper Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts in 2015. Since then I have worked on conservation projects in Cambridge and London, and I currently work for Ligatus Research Centre and as a Collection Care Assistant at the Parliamentary Archives.

My role on the Committee involves preparing materials for publication, including articles for Icon News. If you have an idea for an article that you would like to discuss then feel free to contact me via Icon.

Francesca Whymark, Events and Training (E&T) Sub-editor Term ends April 2018

Francesca joined the Book and Paper Group Committee in 2015 as Co-operative Training Register (CTR) Sub-editor. She is also editing the Adapt & Evolve 2015 post-prints, due to be published electronically in late 2015. Francesca previously sat on the CTR sub-committee.

Francesca is a book and paper conservator at the British Library. After completing her training at Camberwell in 2011, Francesca joined the British Library as an intern and has worked at the Library since then, first as a book conservator, then as digitisation conservator for the British Library/Qatar Foundation project, and currently as a conservator working on both practical and preventive conservation of library materials.

Tiffany Eng, Web Editor Term ends April 2019

Tiffany works at the Parliamentary Archives in London. She graduated with from West Dean College with an MA in Conservation of Books and Library Materials and has a previous BFA (Drawing) from the Alberta College of Art + Design in Alberta, Canada.

Rebecca Goldie, Special Projects Officer Term ends August 2017

Rebecca graduated from Camberwell in June 2013 and has worked at Cambridge University Library since September 2013. During her studies she worked at the Wyvern Bindery and also volunteered at a number of cultural institutions across the UK.

Before training as a conservator Rebecca worked in film production and spent several years teaching English in Spain and Italy.

Elizabeth Ralph, Special Projects Officer Term ends August 2017

Liz is a private library and archive conservator working in her own studio near Sherborne, North Dorset and at the College of Arms in London. She has just spent two years as an HLF-funded Icon trainee at PZ Conservation CIC, Cornwall and gained a Masters from College of Arts in October 2012.

Charlotte Marriott, Special Projects Officer Term ends April 2019

Charlotte graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Art History in 2013 and from the MA programme in Paper Conservation at University of the Arts/Camberwell College of Arts in 2015.

Having completed a research internship at the National Maritime Museum and training contract with the National Conservation Service, Charlotte has since been working at in the Conservation Department at John Jones, a framing studio in North London. Charlotte has previous work experience in the antiques and museums sectors.


Co-opted members:

Amelia Rampton, Clare Hampson Fund Liaison

Amelia Rampton was elected as the Book and Paper Group Liaison member in 2012. In 2013 she was co-opted as the Cooperative Training Register Interim Chair and was part of the committee for the ‘Adapt and Evolve’ international conference in 2015.  In 2015 she became the liaison member for the Clare Hampson Fund which supports the annual Clare Hampson Memorial Lecture as well as high quality affordable training for paper conservators.  Amelia is also the translator for the Journal’s abstracts of the Institute of Conservation (English into Spanish). Amelia is an accredited paper conservator running her own practice in London.