Who we are

Consortium and Foundation Committee and Trustees:


Professor Sir Ron Cooke

Vice Presidents

The Lord Mayor of York (ex officio)
Dr Andrew Scott CBE
Dr Peter Addyman CBE
Martin Marsh

Foundation Trustees

Martin Stancliffe MA, FSA, RIBA

Martin has been chairman of YCCC and YFCC since 2005.  He is an architect specializing in the conservation of historic buildings, and founded his own architectural practice (Martin Stancliffe Architects) in York in 1979.  From 1990 to 2011 he was Surveyor to the Fabric of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where he is now Surveyor Emeritus. He is trustee of a number of charitable bodies.

James Grierson BLE, MBA, Dip M, FRICS

James is responsible for fundraising. James was a Partner in an international real estate advisory practice and now has a portfolio of roles as consultant, non-executive director and trustee. James is also Chair of York Museums Trust and of the Institute of Conservation (ICON).

 Dr Gill Chitty FSA, IHBC, MCIfA, FHEA

Dr Gill Chitty is course director of the University of York’s MA programmes in Conservation Studies and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Gill is responsible for the bursary programme.

Sarah Brown MA, FSA, FRHistS

Sarah is course director of the University of York’s MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management as well as Director of the York Glazier’s Trust.

Jonathan Bryant MA, MBA, FRSA

Jonathan Bryant is Secretary and CEO of York Conservation Trust. The origin of Jonathan’s passion for heritage and conservation is Industrial Archaeology. The museums he developed as Director include the River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames; Thinktank in Birmingham and Royal Research Ship Discovery & Verdant Works, both in Dundee. At British Waterways, Jonathan ran the property portfolio in Scotland and customer service across the UK. He has undertaken business development projects through his consulting company for the National Trust for Scotland, Imperial War Museum at Duxford, The Courtauld Institute of Art, London Transport Museum and Tullie House in Carlisle. Jonathan was a founder of the Association of Independent Museums, serving as both Secretary and Chairman. He is a Trustee and Company Director at New Lanark World Heritage Site.

Carole Milner MSc DEA FIIC ACR

Born and bred in Yorkshire, Carole Milner is an experienced paintings conservator and founding Chair of the Institute of Conservation (Icon). She is former Head of Conservation & Collection Care at the Museums & Galleries Commission (MGC), was VSO’s Head of Returned Volunteer Programmes and served as Executive Secretary for the UK National Commission for UNESCO. Carole holds the Royal Warrant Holders Association Plowden Medal. She has wide experience of charity governance and charitable giving and, in recent years, has chaired the Heritage & Craft Funders’ Network, been Heritage & Crafts Adviser to the Radcliffe Trust and serves as a trustee of York Glaziers Trust and Trusthouse Charitable Foundation. Carole also maintains an active interest in international development as an overseas Elections Observer.


Francis Downing – Paintings Conservator
James Grierson – Chartered Surveyor (Foundation Trustee and Hon. Secretary)
Bethan Griffiths – Heritage Ironwork
Dr Katie Harrison – Associate Lecturer in Medieval Art at University of York
Duncan Marks – Civic Society Manager – York Civic Trust
Kibby Schaefer – Wood Carver, Building Conservation Contractor
Alaina Schmisseur – Object Conservator
Martin Stancliffe – Architect (YCCC Chair and Foundation Trustee)
Debbie Treece – Chartered Accountant (Hon. Treasurer)
Tracy Wilcockson – Conservator