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Introducing the Diversity & Inclusion Task and Finish Group

There was an incredible response to our advert for members to join the Diversity & Inclusion Task and Finish Group to consider the issue of diversity and inclusion in the conservation profession and to develop recommendations for action. The group have now completed the selection and had their first meeting. We will be hearing a lot more as the work progresses but here’s a brief introduction...


Pierrette Squires (Chair)


ACR, Icon Trustee & Team Leader at Bolton Library & Museum Services.
I’m a bisexual woman, deaf & with chronic health conditions. My conservation practice focuses on ethics, sustainability & inclusion.

Laura O'Farrell


Emerging book and paper conservator from Ireland. I am autistic and have previous experience working with marginalised groups within heritage settings. I’m currently a Project Conservator at The National Archives.

Clair Walton


Books and archives, strongly motivated to encourage meaningful dialogue, create opportunity for all and promote the qualities of a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Kendall Francis


Emerging professional paintings conservator and POC. Enthusiastic about improving accessibility and diversity in conservation and the arts for disadvantaged and underrepresented young people.

Clara Low


Emerging Professional, Textile Conservator and POC. Supporting wider accessibility and creating a professional environment where all can thrive, whatever their identity and circumstances.

Misa Tamura


A World Cultures conservator, recently naturalised British citizen, and Japanese migrant.  My interests include diversity, inclusion, and equality of opportunities for underrepresented communities.

Lucie Mascord (Group Secretary)


Accredited natural history conservator, trustee and group secretary. My interests include mental health disability, socioeconomic adversity and sexual harassment in the sector.

Emma Smith


Emerging Textile Conservator, formerly worked in Widening Participation in Higher Education, come to conservation from a low income, northern working class background. Passionate about creating more accessible routes into conservation for people underrepresented in the sector.

Martin Kirke


I am an Icon Trustee and I have led or advised  organisations on Diversity and Inclusion including NHS Trusts, the Post Office, Natural Environment Research Council and MacMillan Cancer Support.

Megan de Silva 


Icon Welsh Trustee and Collections Manager for Monmouthshire Museums. Dyslexic, from a low-income background and passionate about conservation being welcoming, supportive and accessible to all.   



The T&F group is made up of 10 people:

6 Icon Members & 4 Trustees

Membership status: Accredited & Non Accredited

Employment status: Employed, Unemployed, Contracted, Freelance, Student and Intern-  working for a mix of private, trusts, local government & nationals

Conservator & Non Conservators with experience ranging from Student to Emerging conservators to Mature practitioners.

Specialisms: Management, Preventive, World cultures, Paintings, Books & Paper, Textiles, Archaeology, Natural History, Archives


Diverse characteristics we cover:

Race: We have People of Colour (POC) or Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic ( BAME ) and White

Pregnancy & Maternity: We have one pregnant member and a number of parents

Age: A wide range of ages

Disability: We represent a wide range of disabilities including sensory, physical, chronic illness, mental health, dyspraxia & neurodiversity

Marriage & Civil partnership: we have married, unmarried and widowed members

Sex: male & female members

Gender reassignment / identity: Our least diverse area, most members identify as women

Sexual Orientation: LGBT+ : We represent a range of identities 

Religion: We have a mix of religious & atheist members

Socioeconomic background: We represent a range of backgrounds

Education: A mix of formal academic & alternative routes in to the profession

Nationality: We represent a mixture of nationalities, predominantly UK citizens some born outside the UK, some immigrants

Geographic regions we cover : Wales, Scotland, NW England, Midlands, London, Sussex, Switzerland


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