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Suzanne Sacorafou, Chair of Icon G&DS Group

Suzanne came to conservation as a second career; her first degree being Interior Design. Following a two-year MA in Conservation of Historical Objects from the University of Lincoln, she won a one-year Icon HLF internship at Tate. A second year at Tate was awarded and partly funded by NADFAS.

Now working in private practice, she has experience of working on a freelance basis with institutions and organisations, such as The BEANEY, Canterbury, Henry Moore Foundation, RAMM, Exeter, Royal College of Obstetricians’ and Gynaecologists’, London, Torre Abbey, Torquay and Tate. Contracts there have covered practical frame conservation projects; condition surveys for collections, exhibitions, loans out programmes, and long- term collection care advice.

Suzanne is a full member of Icon and is a longstanding committee member for the Gilding and Decorative Surfaces Group. She has been responsible for organizing various courses for its members, and her organization skills have come to the fore as she carried out various ‘behind the scenes’ responsibilities in the group’s annual AGM, the 2009 and 2013 conferences. Since December 2015 she was appointed Chair for the Icon Gilding and Decorative surface group. 

Elizabeth Cherry, Treasurer

I have been a member of the Committee for 2 and half years as treasurer. At the time I joined the committee, I was working for The Granary Conservation Studio working on wood and furniture objects. Since then I have changed tack somewhat and now I'm a textiles conservator working for Janie Lightfoot Textiles LLP. I now work on a wide variety of textiles.

My original career was as a scientist with a BSc in Biology. Following a change in personal circumstances, I attend Lincoln University taking their Graduate Diploma in Conservation Studies and then the MA in Conservation of Historic Objects. 

I can honestly say that I don't regret it. Gold work for me means something slightly different but I like to hear and help with the organising of a different area of the Conservation field.


Claire Irvine (nee Pearson), Secretary

In 2007 I completed the BA Hons in Conservation and Restoration Studies at the University of Lincoln and following graduation I worked as a Project Conservator within the Frames and Furniture Department at Manchester Art Gallery.  My goal had always been to work as part of a team within a Museum or Gallery and in 2008 I was offered a HLF funded internship with the Frames Conservation department at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London. This was the perfect place to hone my skills and gain sound and focused experience to help me move into full time work.  I have worked as a Frames Conservator at the National Portrait Gallery since September 2009.

Mark Searle, Events Co-ordinator

I first became fascinated with the conservation of gilt objects while completing a post-graduate diploma in Conservation Studies at City & Guilds of London Art School. Since graduating I have worked in both the private and museum sector. As a freelance conservator I have treated frames and furniture while working for Titian Studios and for private clients. In October 2015, I began a 6-month internship in Frame Conservation at Guildhall Art Gallery. At present, I am a Frame Conservator at the National Maritime Museum, working on frames that are to be housed in the refurbished Queen’s House.


Jon Slight, Web Editor

I joined the Wallace Collection as Conservator for Frames and Furniture in 2015. I've worked in the museum and heritage sector for over ten years, between 2008-2015 as a Conservation Technician with the Tate. I studied the MA in Conservation of Furniture and Decorative Arts at Bucks New University, and originally trained in fine art & joinery  

I am passionate about the preservation and care of a heritage objects and making collections accessible to the public, through the practice of ethical, and sustainable conservation principles.