YFCC Appoints Carole Milner as Trustee

The York Foundation for Conservation & Craftsmanship (YFCC), the charitable arm of the YCCC, has appointed experienced paintings conservator and founding Chair of the Institute of Conservation, Carole Milner, as a trustee.

Born and bred in Yorkshire, Carole Milner studied Modern Languages before training as a paintings conservator and working in Naples for six years.  Carole studied for her Master’s degree and Doctorate diploma at the Sorbonne and then spent 16 years working in Paris both as a freelance conservator and as Conservator of Paintings at the Louvre Museum.

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 led the movement to establish Icon, the Institute of Conservation, and was its founding Chair.  She 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.

YCCC Chairman Martin Stancliffe commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Carole Milner as a trustee.  She has huge experience of, and networks in, the worlds of heritage, crafts and conservation and will bring a great deal to our further development.  Despite the setbacks that Covid-19 has brought to all of us – and the effects are very severe in heritage and conservation for obvious reasons – YCCC has been very active during the crisis.  This year we are very proud to have awarded our 250th bursary to support the development of heritage craft and conservation skills and we have also launched a series of regular online webinars which are being watched by large numbers of people right across the globe.  Carole’s appointment underlines the importance of our charitable mission.