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Meet The Team

Over 50 Years of Excellence in Stained Glass Craft and Conservation

Director

SARAH BROWN

MA FSA FRHistS

After a long career in the heritage sector, Sarah joined the Trust as its director in 2008, having served as a trustee for a number of years. She has researched and published widely on stained glass history and conservation. She is currently Chairman of the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi for Great Britain, and General Secretary of the International Scientific Committee for the Conservation of Stained Glass. She is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, and is one of its expert members, evaluating conservation grants for its charitable foundation, the Glaziers Trust. Sarah is also a member of Durham Cathedral's Fabric Advisory Committee, and a member of the Diocesan Advisory Committees for both Oxford and York, as well as a member of the Morris  committee for the Society of Antiquaries' William and Jane Morris Fund. She is a senior lecturer in History of Art at the University of York and course director of its MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management. At the York Glaziers Trust, Sarah leads a multinational team of experts in the craft.

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Senior Conservators

NICK TEED

BA MSc ACR - Conservation Manager

Following a master's degree in archaeology, Nick joined the Trust as a trainee in 1999. Since 2004 he has supervised all aspects of the work of the conservation studio in his capacity as Conservation Manager, and in 2015 was awarded the distinguished Radcliffe Trust Tercentenary Balfour of Burleigh special award for outstanding achievement in the craft. Nick also has a specialism in stained glass photography, proficient in full-frame and medium format photography, and is a member of the Association of Historical and Fine Art Photographers (AHFAP). Since 2011 he has regularly taught postgraduate students on the Stained Glass and Heritage Management MA programme. He is an ICON accredited conservator, an associate member of the ICOMOS/Corpus Vitrearum technical and scientific committee, and a member of the Church Buildings Council's stained glass committee. 

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NANCY GEORGI

Dipl. Rest. MA ACR

Nancy trained as a stained glass conservator at the University of Erfurt, before embarking on an Erasmus travelling scholarship in 1999, where she visited numerous leading stained glass studios in Germany and the UK. She worked in private practice for a number of years, at Riverside Studio in Hull. She secured her MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York in 2010, joining the Trust directly after. In addition to her role at the Trust, since 2011, Nancy has taught technical stained glass modules to postgraduate students at the University of York. She is an associate member of the Corpus Vitrearum's technical and scientific committee, and is an ICON accredited conservator. 

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Rachel Thomas

BA ACR

Rachel trained as an illustrator before working in glass, graduating with a BA in Art and Design from Brighton University in 1994. After achieving her postgraduate certificate in art and design, Rachel taught for a number of years in London before undertaking a course in stained glass under Paul San Casciani FMGP ACR. She joined the Trust in 2005 after seven years at Holy Well Glass in Wells, Somerset. In addition to her work as a conservator, Rachel is an acclaimed designer of new stained glass. She has previously won the Stevens Award Commission, for her design for Birmingham's Assay Office, and in 2006 designed the first of three new windows for New College, Oxford, for which she won the prestigious York Guild of Building's craftsmanship award. She is an ICON accredited conservator, and has previously served on the ICON Accreditation Committee, vetting and examining applications from potential candidates. 

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Conservators and Glaziers

Tony Cattle

Master Glazier

Tony trained as a conservation glazier at Barley Studio near York, and was formerly workshop manager at Riverside Studio, Hull. He joined the York Glaziers Trust in 2010. In 2011, Tony won the prestigious Master's Award at the York Guild of Building's annual craftsmanship awards for excellence for his work re-glazing panels from York Minster's Great East Window. With over 25 years experience, Tony leads in conservation glazing and site work, and has trained several apprentices. He also oversees all of the glazing for new commissions and protective glazing, and any associated metalworks. 

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Janet Parkin

BA MCSD - Glass-Painter and Conservator

Trained as a graphic designer, Janet graduated with a diploma from the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (now the Chartered Society of Designers), before working for a number of years as a graphic designer representing major international brands. In 2002 she begun her studies in archaeology at the University of York, before joining the Trust in 2005. She is an expert conservation glass-painter and is also an award-winning artist, having received the prestigious York Guild of Building Award for excellence in the craft in 2017. In addition to her work in conservation, in 2016 she designed the monumental glass screens for Welcome to Yorkshire's silver medal-winning RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden, designed by Matthew Wilson; winner also of the BBC/RHS People’s Choice Award.

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Anna Milsom

BA Icon CTQ - Conservator

Anna is a graduate of Manchester Metropolitan University, completing her BA in fine arts, textiles, and embroidery in 2004. After completing various short courses in stained glass at Leeds, she begun her career at the York Glaziers Trust in 2008 as an HLF-funded trainee, working on the conservation of York Minster's Great East Window. Highly proficient in conservation glass-painting, Anna has also collaborated with contemporary artists, helping translate their designs into stained glass. Gaining her Chemistry for Conservators qualification in 2010, Anna is also trained in full-frame and medium-format photography. She is a qualified ICON Conservation Technician.

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Megan Stacey

BA MA - Conservator

Megan studied Architectural Glass at Swansea Metropolitan University, graduating in 2010. As the recipient of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers Award for Excellence, Megan embarked on a year-long tour of stained glass studios in the UK and Germany straight after. She completed her MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York, and has previously worked in the objects conservation department at the Burrell Collection, Glasgow - working principally on a series of fifteenth-century windows from Boppard, Germany - and at Reyntiens Glass Studio, London. In 2012, in collaboration with Reyntiens, she helped design and fabricate a window celebrating the Queen's diamond jubilee; the window is installed in Westminster Hall. She joined the York Glaziers Trust in 2016.

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Laura Tempest

BA MA Icon CTQ - Conservator

Laura is a BA graduate in English and History of Art, and in 2010 gained her MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York. She has completed a placement in the conservation department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In addition to working as a stained glass conservator, she joined the Trust in 2011 as a researcher on the HLF-funded York Minster Revealed Project, part of the conservation of York Minster's Great East Window. She is a qualified ICON Conservation Technician, and has served as a member of the ICON stained glass group committee.

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Monika Adamczak

BFA MA - Conservator

Monika gained her BFA at the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław, Poland, during which she spent 18 months learning glass-blowing, casting and fusing at Anadolin University in Eskisehir, Turkey. After completing placements in Germany, Italy, and Poland, in 2015 she graduated from the MA in Stained Glass Conservation at the University of York, and gained her Chemistry for Conservators qualification. As a recipient of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers’ Ashton Hill Award, she worked at Canterbury Cathedral's stained glass studio. In 2018 she was awarded a fully-funded place on Jonathan Cooke's glass-painting and enamel-painting courses at Swansea University, and some of her new work has been entered into the Stevens' Competition. Monika has worked for the Trust since 2014 and, in addition to working as a conservator, specialises in the fabrication of bronze frames.

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Sophie Gwynn

BA MA - Conservator

Having graduated with a BA in History of Art, Sophie went on to study for an MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York. She completed her MA in 2013, and then spent two years as a trainee glazier in the stained glass studio at Lincoln Cathedral Works Department. Sophie has completed placements in a wide range of stained glass studios, including Uppsala Cathedral, Sweden, Chapel Studios, Norfolk, Chapel Studios, Kings Langley, and Glasmalerei Peters, Germany, and at the York Glaziers Trust. She joined the Trust full-time in 2016.

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Merlyn Griffiths

BA MA - Conservator

Merlyn has a fine art background, earning a BTEC foundation diploma in Fine Art in 2008. She is a graduate of the University of York, where she completed her BA in History of Art and subsequent MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management in 2016. Throughout her masters, she worked at the York Glaziers Trust on a part-time basis. Her initial training at the Trust was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the York Minster Fund (YMF). Merlyn has assisted in the running of the Stained Glass Centre in York for a number of years, overseeing events and exhibitions. She joined the Trust in 2012. 

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Zoe Harrigan

BA MA - Conservator

After gaining her BA in History of Art from the University of Leicester, Zoe completed the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University of York in 2015. She has previously worked in archival and heritage roles, and completed a traineeship at the Borthwick Institute for Archives, York, which included Latin and Palaeography modules. Zoe archived the Trust's records in conjunction with it's 50th anniversary in 2017. Before joining the Trust in 2015, Zoe had completed placements at the Mesdagh and Rambaut stained glass studios in Gent, Belgium. She had also worked in photography labs, and has volunteered for the Stained Glass Centre in York for a number of years. Zoe has gained her Chemistry for Conservators qualification, and is an associate member of ICON. 

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Jelizaveta Tsedenova

BA MA - Conservator

Liisa graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts before completing her MA in Stained Glass Conservation at the University of Antwerp. After completing an internship at Cologne Cathedral's stained glass studio, she worked from 2015 in the workshop of J. M. Bonet in Barcelona. In addition to her work in conservation, such as at the Church of Santes Creus - where she helped conserve the oldest surviving stained glass in Catalonia - Liisa has also been a part of the manufacturing of some of the new windows for Antoni Gaudi's famed basilica, the Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona. She is an associate member of ICON. Liisa joined the Trust in 2018.

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Sophia Kircos

BA MA - Apprentice Glazier

Trained as a specialist art framer, Sophia graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Fine/Studio Arts in 2015. She gained her masters in Stained Glass Conservation from the University of York in 2018. During her MA and subsequently, she has worked at Can Pinyonaire Vitralls in Girona, Spain, and was principally involved in the conservation of a nineteenth-century rose window at a church in Bordils, Catalonia. She is a member of the American Glass Guild. Sophia was appointed as a trainee conservation glazier at York Glaziers Trust in 2018, working directly under the master glazier and assisting in all framing, glazing, and site work tasks. 

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Business Manager

Trevor Lawson

MRICS MAPM

Trevor joined the Trust in 2011. After first gaining a diploma in Quantity Surveying from Newcastle, Trevor became a chartered quantity surveyor and project manager. He has over 40 years experience in the construction industry, having worked internationally in the industry, from Saudi Arabia to Norway, on a diverse range of important commissions. He is a trustee of the Poppleton Community Centre, treasurer of the Stained Glass Centre, and is a project planner for the York Civic Trust. He leads the York Glaziers Trust in matters of financial management and project planning.

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Office Manager

Julia Johnson

BA MA

Julia joined the Trust in 2018 after having worked previously for several years at the Council for British Archaeology. She has previously held senior roles in estate management and customer services, and has worked for a significant amount of time for the City of York Council. Julia gained her Masters degree from the University of York, and is qualified in SAGE accounting and payroll. She oversees and implements all of the Trust's administrative and operational tasks. 

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Research and Development

Marie Groll

BA MA PhD

After gaining her PhD, Marie has worked as a stained glass consultant. She has been involved with major academic editorial projects for the British Corpus Vitrearum/ British Academy, and has also worked as a technical and art historical advisor with the international arts consultancy Büro Rauch, Koblenz. Marie is the secretary and awards coordinator for the Glaziers Trust, the grant-giving branch of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass, and assesses all incoming applications and supports those who have gained training and travel bursaries. She is also the vice chair of the Institute of Conservation's (ICON's) stained glass group. After working for a time for the York Glaziers Trust in a freelance capacity, Marie has now joined the team on a permanent basis. 

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