The CCG Committee have worked in a wide variety of roles for both institutions and in private practice in historic houses, museums, and libraries and on archaeological sites. Click on an officer's link to view his/her profile and find out more about their background and interests.
Complete role profiles for committee members can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
Committee Team Profiles
An Accredited Conservator, Jane graduated in Archaeological Conservation from Cardiff University in 1992. After a spell as a self-employed object conservator, including working on geological specimens, she moved into Collection Care. In 2002, she became the conservator on the project to relocate Birmingham’s science and industry collection of 40,000 objects ranging from pen nibs to drop hammers. In 2003, she became a Conservator (Preventive) at Birmingham Museum Trust and is now Conservation Team Leader. In this post, she is responsible for collection care across Birmingham’s 9 sites. She began a programme of training and advice on collection care for museums in the West Midlands under the Renaissance in the Regions Scheme and training is still one of the more enjoyable parts of the job. The best bit of the job is IPM and Jane is never happier than when she is staring at insects down a microscope.
Kerren Harris, Treasurer/PACR Representative
Profile to follow.
Karen graduated with a degree in Conservation and Restoration from London Metropolitan University in 2010. From 2007-2010 she gained experience in the profession as a Conservation Intern for the Natural History Museum, London working with the Palaeontology and Zoology departments. In 2010, she was employed as a Project Conservator for Historic Royal Palaces where she contributed to the delivery of several exhibitions including a full refurbishment of Kensington Palace. Since 2012 she has been employed at the British Library working on various projects and has now been appointed as the Collection Care Monitoring Conservator. All aspects of collection care are of great personal interest to Karen although Preventive Conservation is her particular passion. Karen has actively sought to gain as wide a variety of experience as possible; pest management, emergency planning, environmental monitoring and providing training are some of her favourites. She is an Associate member of Icon working toward accreditation.
Aimee graduated with an MA in Conservation from Queen’s University, Canada in 2014. She gained experience interning at the Birmingham Museums Trust and Historic Royal Palaces(HRP), moving from treatment conservation to preventive conservation. Following her graduation, she worked for the National Trust at Claydon House before returning to HRP to work across Hampton Court Palace, Kew Gardens, Kensington Palace and The Tower of London. She gained considerable experience in organizing and running conservation friendly events in historic spaces as well as coordinating building works in historic spaces. Following on from HRP she moved to Eton College as the lead conservator implementing a preventive and treatment conservation programme across multiple collections. After gaining ICON Accreditation in 2019, she began work as the Heritage Conservation Manager of the Palace of Westminster, Restoration and Renewal Programme. Aimee is passionate about sharing experience and mentoring emerging professionals as well as being an advocate for diversity and accessibility within the conservation profession.
Victoria started her career in a trade bindery in Dorset, and following her graduation from the London College of Printing she worked as a library and archive conservator, first at the Bodleian Library and then from 2002 at the Oxford Conservation Consortium. Victoria always worked in private practice during this time, but in 2017 this became her full-time role and she now manages a busy library and archive conservation practice and preservation consultancy from her studio in Reading. Victoria is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation and a strong advocate for the profession. As well as being a long-standing committee member and coordinator of the Oxford Conservators’ Group, Victoria previously served on Icon’s Book and Paper Group committee as Deputy Chair and Chair of the Co-operative Training Register sub-committee.
Abby Moore, Icon News Co-ordinator
Abby graduated with an MA in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects from Durham University in 2014, and a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Winchester School of Art in 2012. Soon after graduating, Abby took up the position of Assistant Regional Collection Care Development Officer at the Museum of London, supporting the ACE funded Collection Care Development programme for the London Region. In this role, Abby provided Collection Care advice and training to a wide range of museums across London. Abby is particularly interested in the care and conservation of plastics, and so developed the ‘Plastic Surgery’ training course which has been delivered to staff and volunteers from regional museums throughout the UK.
Abby took up the position of Collection Care Conservator at the Museum of London in 2015. Her current role encompasses all aspects of Preventive Conservation across the Museum’s 4 sites, from Integrated Pest Management to Hazardous Collections Management. Abby is also the Heritage Supervisor to a PhD Student at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage whose research is part of the ERC-funded project COMPLEX: The Degradation of Complex Modern Polymeric Objects in Heritage Collections.
Meagen Smith is the Collections Care Conservator for The London Library based in London, United Kingdom.
She develops and delivers book and paper conservation and preservation projects for the Library. Her typical day includes environmental monitoring, preparing exhibitions and loans, along with book and archive bench conservation.
She came to conservation about 10 years ago by retraining through a Book and Paper MA at Camberwell College in London.
Before joining The London Library, she worked at the Parliamentary Archives along with running her own conservation business. She freelanced and worked as a project conservator at The National Archives, Royal Institution, Birmingham Museum’s Trust and University College London Special Collections.
Meagen is a steering committee member for the International Network for the Conservation of Contemporary Art (INCCA) in a technology advisory role.
Most importantly, Meagen's cake specialisation is carrot cake, a very important expectation in libraries and archives.