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  • Treasurer     
    Elizabeth Cherry


  • Secretary    
    Eliza Doherty


  • Web Editor
    Ines Bravo 


  • Committee Member
  • Ffion Howells 



Benedict Ryan, Chair of Icon G&DS Group

I studied a BA. in conservation and restoration and was then awarded a scholarship funded by the AHRC to study a Masters specialising in the conservation of historic interiors. Following a short stint working in the Middle East, I was awarded a NADFAS internship working with Hare & Humphreys as a conservator and following this was taken on as an employee. After a few years working on site I was promoted to the position of conservation project manager within the same company and carried on in this position for several more years whilst working on a number of high status projects nationally.

I now run a conservation, restoration & specialist decoration company based in central London.

I joined the committee in 2017

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.


Eliza Doherty, Secretary 

I developed an interest in gilded and decorative surfaces during my post-graduate diploma in Conservation Studies at City & Guilds. I have since been fortunate to work within this specialism in a number of settings, including the Painted Hall in Greenwich, Knole Conservation Studio, the National Portrait Gallery, and private practice. I am currently working as a Frame Conservator at the Guildhall Art Gallery, while continuing to treat objects for private clients.

 I joined the committee in 2019 in order to become more involved in the wider conservation community, and to meet more people in my field.


Ffion Howells, Committee Member

I am an object conservator specialising in the conservation of gilt-wood and picture frames. I have graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2014 where my research focused on reducing the use of harmful solvents in the conservation of gilt-wood objects. Since then have worked as in private studios and for several London museums including Sir John Soane’s Museum, National Maritime Museum, the Wallace Collection and the V&A. During 2019, I will be taking on the role of Frame Conservator at the National Portrait Gallery. My interest and involvement in sustainable conservation ever increases.


Ines Bravo, Web Editor

I have developed a strong interest in decorative surfaces when undertaking my Conservation Post-graduation Degree at City & Guilds of London Art School, during which I was awarded a scholarship by Anna Plowden Trust.  As from then, I have been developing my career as an objects conservator and specialising in the conservation of frames, furniture and gilded & decorative surfaces. So far I have worked both for the private sector and for museums such as the National Portrait Gallery, Knole House and Guildhall Art Gallery.

My interest in the conservation of gilded & decorative surfaces led me to join the committee in the hope of supporting the conservation community.