I am an experienced conservator with over 19 years in the profession.
I have a Master of Arts degree (with distinction)
in Furniture Conservation and Restoration from Buckinghamshire New University. My first degree was a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Conservation and Restoration from De Montfort University, Lincoln
Following an internship in the carving and gilding studio at the Royal Collection in London, my first appointment was Gilding Conservator at the Royal Collection, based at St James's Palace. The highlight of this role was my contribution to the conservation and restoration of the gilded frames and furniture selected for display in, 'Royal Treasures', the opening exhibition at the New Queens Gallery in Buckingham Palace.
To progress my career, I moved to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2003. This Frame Conservator position was a Heritage Lottery Funded contract, where I was solely responsible for the picture frames across various museum sites in the directorate. Following this, I became a permanent member of the Conservation Department with the role of Conservator (Decorative Surfaces). Working on a part time basis at the Museum, I established my business, Belgrave Conservation, in 2005 and have been fortunate to have worked on a wide variety of challenging and interesting projects for clients both in the UK and overseas.
I became an accredited conservator with the PACR (Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers) scheme through ICON (Institute of Conservation) and continue to keep up-to-date with my professional development and the wider advances in the field of conservation.