New Icon Scotland Chair and Committee

Last year, Christa Gerdwilker ACR was confirmed as new chair of Icon Scotland. She is taking over from Rob Thomson ACR after his impressive seven year tenure in the post. Here is a message from Christa….

Since joining the Icon Scotland committee last year, I have been blown away by the enthusiasm of its members and the range of activities that are undertaken by the committee. Rob is leaving big boots to fill but after receiving a warm and supportive welcome, I am very much looking forward to working with my fellow committee members. A successful committee is bit like a swan – calm and apparently effortless from the outside but working steadfastly underneath to maintain direction and momentum. In this case, the most outward sign of the work done by the committee is probably the great programme of events that have been put on every year, culminating in our prestigious annual Plenderleith lecture. However, in the background Icon Scotland also collaborates with external heritage bodies on national policy and heritage strategy consultations while supporting Icon UK in its activities. I very much hope to continue in this vein to provide Icon Scotland members with a representative body that delivers for them.

I started my professional career in object conservation but, following further training, specialised in stone and architectural conservation. After working as a freelance stone conservator for a couple of years I joined the conservation department of (now) Historic Environment Scotland and became accredited in 2002. Since 2017 I have been involved in lecturing on the ‘Building Conservation’ post-graduate diploma course run by Historic Environment Scotland and frequently host students and apprentices on placements in our workshop. With my background in both collections and architectural conservation I hope to foster closer collaboration between architectural heritage bodies and Icon. And being a life-long learner and conservation trainer myself, I am aware of the need for accessible but high quality conservation training and development opportunities. As such I particularly welcome our student members to the committee.

Currently the Icon Scotland committee consists of:

  • Christa Gerdwilker – Chair
  • Isobel Griffin – Vice Chair and publications
  • Mary Garner – Treasurer
  • Elanor King – Vice Treasurer
  • Gwen Thomas – Secretary
  • Carol Brown – Consultations and Iconnect
  • Rob Thomson – External liaison
  • Emily Hick – Digital Content Officer
  • Fiona Hay – Events Co-ordinator
  • Hazel Neil – Events team & blog writer
  • Anna Zwagermann – Events team, Iconnect & communication
  • Erica Kotze – Events team
  • Tatjana Wischniowski – Events team
  • Eva Catic – Student rep
  • Emma Smith – Student rep

I would like to invite you to get in touch with the committee by emailing or via our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook) if you have any issues, feedback, news, particular interests, suggestions, questions or want to become involved in the committee. As much as the committee is there to represent the membership, we need your input and support to achieve that. For the time being, Fiona and the events team already have a host of exciting events lining up over the next 12 months and I look forward to meeting some of you at these.

Christa Gerdwilker ACR

Chair – Icon Scotland

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