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Accreditation Committee

Meet our Accreditation Committee

The role of the Accreditation Committee (AC) is to ascertain based on the balance of evidence whether a candidate should be awarded Accredited Conservator-Restorer Status. Our accreditation committtee are all ACRs and are drawn from right across the conservaiton profession. 

Read on to find out more about our current Accreditation Comittee. 


Sarah Peek ACR, Chair
Sarah began her career as an Art teacher working with primary age children in the US before moving back to England to attend West Dean. For nearly 20 years she has run her own commercial conservation studio in Brighton looking after ceramics during auction process, for exhibition, private collectors and lovely members of the public.

Qualifications: BA Art, PGDip Conservation West Dean Ceramic and Related Materials.  Chemistry for Conservators, Preventive Conservation short course, ACR
Associations: National Trust, IIC, Icon


Pieta Greaves ACR, Vice Chair, Objects and Archaeological Materials
Pieta is partner of Drakon Heritage and Conservation, a private company that provides conservation and heritage services. Prior to setting up the company, she was the conservation coordinator of the Staffordshire Hoard 2013-2016, the project won the 2015 The Pilgrim Trust Award for Conservation at the Icon Conservation Awards.  Pieta’s specialism is the conservation of museum and archaeological objects and she has considerable field experience in conservation and archaeology, working in the UK and abroad.

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Anthropology/Geography -Auckland University NZ. BSc Conservation of objects: Museums and Archaeology- Cardiff University MSc Architectural Conservation -University of Edinburgh
Associations: IIC, Maya Research Project


Kerren Harris ACR, Vice Chair, Preventive
Conservator with Historic Royal Palaces working on Paper Conservation, IPM, Storage, Collections Management, showcase design Environmental management, Risk Management, Salvage, Project Management.

Qualifications: BA(Hons) Paper Conservation, PgDip Museum Studies. ACR
Associations: Icon Collections Care committee


David Carrington ACR, Vice Chair, Stone and Plaster
Director of Skillington Workshop, private conservation firm, since founding in 1997. Prior to that worked for various private conservation firms. Also worked as an archaeological conservator at the Museum of London. Consultant conservator to Lincoln Cathedral.

Qualifications: BSc (hons) in Archaeological Conservation from Cardiff, 1986; MA in Conservation Studies, University of York, 1993; DPhil in Archaeology, University of York, 2001
Associations: Member of Durham Cathedral FAC. Conservation Cases Recorder for the Church Monuments Society. SPAB caseworker. Member of IIC as well as Icon


Susan Catcher ACR, Works of Art on Paper
Based at the V&A specialising in mixed media, ephemera and Eastern works of Art, especially Chinese and wallpaper.

Qualifications: BA History of Art, MA Conservation, ACR
Associations: IIC


Steve Clare ACR, Stained Glass
Following five years at Art School in the seventies, studying fine art and silversmithing, I took a five-year apprenticeship route into stained glass commencing 1980 at the Fulham Glasshouse. Ten years working with my mentor Alfred Fisher at Chapel Studio, Hertfordshire. I set up Holy Well Glass, an independent conservation studio in 1995, and have worked at many of the great cathedrals, churches and houses in the UK. Recently supervising major projects at Worcester, Winchester, and Exeter.

Qualifications: BA Art, PGDip Conservation West Dean Ceramic and Related Materials.  Chemistry for Conservators, Preventive Conservation short course, ACR
Associations: National Trust, SPAB, BSMGP, Glaziers Company, AABC


Beky Davies ACR, Ceramics
Ceramic conservator since 2002 – as a freelance conservator and running my own private practice working for private collections, specialist dealers, auction houses and the National Trust.  For 2 years I taught ceramic conservation at HND level and have run short courses on to specialist techniques.

Qualifications: HND Antique Conservation & Collections Management.  Chemistry for Conservators
Associations: IIC


Fred van de Geer ACR, Social and Industrial History Objects
Conservation is my second career, which started at the Hampshire Museums Service in Winchester on a one year MGC-funded internship and continued full-time for eight more years. Since 2006 I work as conservator for the University of Reading which encompasses five collections with the main one being the Museum of English Rural Life BC.

Qualifications: BA Conservation & Restoration Lincoln, ACR 


John Hartley ACR, Furniture and Historic Joinery
1977 founded Tankerdale Ltd with Hugh Routh.
1979 became one of the National Trust’s three furniture conservation advisers (the others being Hugh Routh and John Hart, both now retired).

Qualifications: Educated at Bryanston School, Dorset, and Bedales School, Petersfield.  Initially studied Mechanical Engineering at Portsmouth Polytechnic whilst working for Vickers Sperry Rand in Havant
Associations: Icon-PACR Assessor from 2003-2015, Member of IIC and Furniture History Society, Occasional lecturer at West Dean College


Sarah Howard ACR, Textiles
Freelance textile conservator and conservation consultant and director of Elm Heritage Conservation Consultancy working for a variety of heritage organisations including national and independent museums, the National Trust, and historic churches.  Prior to becoming freelance, work included Conservation Manager at the Imperial War Museum during the Regeneration of the First World War London galleries and Principal Conservator for Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service.

Qualifications: BA in History, PGDip Textile Conservation at The Textile Conservation Centre/ Courtauld Institute of Art. Prince 2 Practitioner, ACR
Associations: Trustee at Petersfield Museum, Member of the Southern Regional Conservation Network, Member of the Dress and Textiles Specialists Subject Network 


Mike Howden ACR, Gilding and Decorated Surfaces
Private practice conserving carved and/or gilded objects. Began career in Conservation with internships at the Royal Collection and Tate Gallery.

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Restoration & Conservation of Decorative Surfaces, ACR


Rachel Howells ACR, Easel Paintings
Private practice conserving easel paintings based in South Wales area.  Began career working for the Area Museum Service for Yorkshire and South Humberside.

Qualifications: BSc. in Chemistry with Education, Pg Dip in the Conservation and Restoration of Easel paintings Courtauld Institute of Art 1984, ACR
Associations: Member of Icon, ICOM and BAPCR 


Vicki Humphrey ACR, Management and Books & Paper
Head of Conservation at the National Museum of Australia, previously Head of Conservation at the British Library, Assistant Director of Artlab Australia and first conservator working at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Also engaged as the Quality Assurance Consultant for Collections Protection during the redevelopment of the National Library of New Zealand.

Qualifications: BSc (Arch), HND Conservation Studies, International Certificate in Risk Management, Prince2 Practitioner, ACR
Associations: Icon Publications Committee, AICCM Education Standing Committee, Member of IIC, ICOM-CC, IAMFA


Richard Nichols ACR, Archives & Books & Paper
Senior Conservator at Staffordshire Archives and Heritage Service. Previously worked at London Metropolitan Archives and Hertfordshire and Derbyshire Record Offices.

Qualifications: Certificate in Archive Preservation and Conservation, Camberwell College of Arts, 1976.  ACR
Associations: Member of Icon (formerly IPC) and Archives and Records Association, both since 1976.  Member of Society of Bookbinders.  Instructor on ARA training scheme for Conservators, teaching conservation of Paper, Parchment, Bookbindings.  Occasional lecturer, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London


Jane Rutherfoord ACR, Wall Paintings
Jane began her training in Florence, initially at L’Università Internazionale dell’Arte, and then in the private studio of Professor Paolo Gori, conservator at the Uffizi, specialising in easel paintings. She was subsequently awarded bursaries to continue her training in Munich and Vienna, with the State and Federal Offices for Historic Monuments. An independent practitioner since 1980, Jane runs her own company and has specialised in the conservation of wall paintings, architectural polychromy and easel paintings in the UK and Europe. Over the past 18 years, conservation students and trainee apprentices have joined her for individual tuition, supervised work experience and specific research/practical projects as part of university courses.

Qualifications: 2007-2008 Appointed examiner of bachelor and diploma students with the Conservation & Restoration Faculty of Hildesheim University of Applied Arts & Sciences (Germany).
Associations: Fellow of IIC.


Tracey Seddon ACR, Ethnography and Organic Materials
Organics Conservator for National Museums Liverpool.

Began career as a trainee with Merseyside County Museums and in that role studied for the Diploma in Archaeological Conservation at the Institute of Archaeology 1987-1989. Established the Organics Conservation Section for NML. Responsible for lPM, preventive conservation, collections management, objects conservation.

I achieved ACR status in 2002 and became an assessor in 2003.

Qualifications: DipCons (Archaeological Conservation); ACR
Associations: IIC


Joyce Townsend ACR, Heritage Science
Joyce is Senior Conservation Scientist, Tate Britain. Her research covers paint, making and meaning of 19th- and earlier 20th-century traditional artists’ materials generally, and research documentation for the institution, but extends to technical examination of paint on paintings, works on paper, sculpture and frame, microfading, and storage environments for historic plastics. She is an experienced research supervisor both internally and externally, has supervised or examined a number of masters and doctoral dissertations, and mentors conservators and interns at Tate.

She joined Tate in 1987 as a conservation scientist, when she worked on funded PhD research 1987-91 before becoming a member of the permanent staff. Prior to that she was Acting Chief Conservation Scientist during some of 1987, and Conservation Scientist from 1979, at Glasgow Museums (today Glasgow Life).

Qualifications: FIIC 2003, ACR 1999, PhD 1991, BSc 1979
Associations: IIC Director of Publications; IIC council member and officer; technical editor for Archetype Publications and for many congress proceedings; Co-Chair of the institute of Conservation Science until it merged with Icon and became the Icon Heritage Science Group; gave evidence in 2007 to the House of Lords Select Committee Inquiry into Science and Heritage; past editor of The Conservator and Conservation News; committee member of the former SSCR; co-organiser of many conservation conferences.