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Icon announces new Trustees

Five members elected to serve on Icon's Board of Trustees

After an extremely close contest for places on Icon’s Board of Trustees, we are delighted to announce the results of the election.

A total of 549 members voted for the four unreserved seats, and 59 for the reserved seat for Scotland.

The successful candidates for the unreserved seats are, in alphabetical order, Jonathan Betts, Lorraine Finch ACR, Caroline Peach and Deborah Walton.

The successful candidate for the reserved Scotland seat is Mel Houston ACR.  

All five members will serve on Icon’s Board of Trustees from the end of Icon’s 2016 AGM to the end of the 2019 AGM.

We would like to thank all the candidates who participated in process. We were delighted with the calibre of candidates and hope to inspire a similar level of interest in the next round of elections in 2019.

Meet the new Trustees

Jonathan Betts

Jonathan has been involved in conservation since his student days in the 1970s when studying Technical Horology and clock and watch restoration and conservation. He has over 30 years’ experience at NMM Greenwich both as a Senior Conservation Officer and Senior Horology Curator. Jonathan has been a council member of the Antiquarian Horological Society for more than 20 years and a member of the Court of the Clockmakers Company for over 15 years. In his own time, Jonathan acts as a horological advisor to a number of heritage bodies including the National Trust.

Lorraine Finch ACR

Lorraine is the Secretary for the Icon Photographic Materials Group and has previous experience as Secretary of the Icon Book & Paper Group. She is a PACR Assessor and has board experience, having served on the Board of South Yarmouth Neighbourhood Management since 2006. Lorraine has also served as Chair of the Film, Sound and Photography Group of the Archives and Records Association, and is a committee member of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival as well as the Great Yarmouth Borough Cultural Heritage Partnership.

Mel Houston ACR

Mel Houston is a preventive conservator with over six years’ experience at the National Trust for Scotland. Mel came to conservation after a career change and cites the move as one of the best decisions she ever made. She uses her experience to serve as an Icon Intern Supervisor as well as a PACR Mentor. Mel has worked in Scotland since 1991 and plans to use her skills to champion the interests of the Icon Scotland Group and to help Icon members at all stages of their career.

Caroline Peach

Caroline was elected as a Trustee of Icon in 2013 and has intimate knowledge of Icon’s goals and challenges. She is currently Vice Chair and has previously served as Interim Joint Chair. As a paper conservator, Caroline worked in a range of roles at the UK Institute for Conservation and was Head of the Preservation Advisory Centre at the British Library. Caroline serves on the Archive Service Accreditation Committee, as well as the Scottish Council on Archives Preservation and Conservation Group.

Deborah Walton

Deborah has experience as a regional conservation officer across a number of organisations including University of Cambridge Museums (UCM), Fitzwilliam Museum, National Trust, Royal Institution, Science Museum and Imperial War Museum. She currently works with SHARE Museums East and the UCM to improve collections care and conservation for museum volunteers, staff and collections across Cambridgeshire and, more widely, the east of England.

Please join us in welcoming our new Trustees to the Board.

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