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The Trustees

Over 50 Years of Excellence in Stained Glass Craft and Conservation

Board of Trustees

Mrs Linda Baines

Linda Baines grew up in Cheshire and did her first degree in Nursing at the University of Manchester. Having worked as a health visitor in various parts of England, she followed an art foundation course at Morley College in Lambeth, London. She then achieved a first class honours degree in Art for Public Space at the University of Roehampton before working on commissions for a year. A course in glass at Central St Martin has been followed by work on commissions, and her work is to be found in England and several countries abroad. Living in Leeds, Linda continues to work part-time as a health visitor in Bradford. She continues to lead community art projects in churches serving challenging communities. She has three adult children and three grandchildren and is married to the Bishop of Leeds. 

Mr Orlando Bridgeman

BA (Hons) LLB

Orlando is a private client solicitor based in North Yorkshire. He qualified as a solicitor in 2013. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and sits on the council of the Yorkshire Law Society. He has previously acted as a trustee for a fundraising charity established to provide relief in Syria. 

Noirin Carmody

- Chair

Noirin Carmody moved to York and co-founded Revolution Software Ltd in 1990 and has worked in the Interactive Entertainment industry for over thirty years. Prior to this, Noirin was a member of the Policy and Planning team at the National Board for Science and Technology in Dublin advising the government on sector strategic innovation. Following her move to the UK in early 1988, Noirin joined US games publisher Activision where she launched the Sierra Online brand in Europe and later managed the handover of ownership of Activision to a French company. At Revolution Noirin is responsible for strategic business affairs and commercially growing the company. In 1998 Noirin negotiated Revolution’s buy-out from Virgin Interactive, and in 2004 she managed the shift from a large in-house studio adopting a more flexible business model employing smaller teams of freelance specialists and external work-for-hire companies allowing Revolution to take advantage of the emerging digital global market.

Noirin has been an active member in the management and governance of both private and public organisations. In 2012 Noirin was elected to the Board at the UK Interactive Entertainment Games Association (Ukie) where she was Chair for four years until 2019. She is a full voting member of Bafta and served on, and chaired, Games Juries for the BAFTA Games Committee. Noirin was voted one of the top 100 women in Games in 2016, and in 2017 she received the Women in Games Outstanding Achievement Award. Noirin was a trustee at the York museums Trust during the redevelopment of the Yorkshire Museum and the York Art Gallery. She also chaired the York Cultural Company that oversaw the management of the York Mystery Plays in 2012. Noirin currently holds various committee Advisory roles within the Interactive Entertainment sector and at the University of York.

Ms Carole Milner

MBE MSc FIIC ACR

Carole has occupied various senior management and independent positions in the fields of adult teaching and training, cultural heritage and international development. She lived for 22 years in Italy and France where she developed her career in heritage conservation, culminating in appointment to the Louvre Museum as a Conservator of Paintings and work at pan-European level to professionalise conservation. In 1994 she returned to the UK as Head of Conservation & Collection Care at the Museums & Galleries Commission (MGC), with national responsibility for standards in conservation across the UK’s 2500 non-national museums and galleries. This was followed by seven years’ international work with the British Council, UNESCO, VSO and the Department for International Development. She has a Master’s Degree in Science and Technology for Heritage Conservation and a Doctorate Diploma in Art History from the Sorbonne. She is the Founding Chair of Icon, the UK Institute of Conservation, and holds the RWHA (Royal Warrant Holders Association) Plowden Gold Medal in recognition of her work nationally and internationally to unite and advance the conservation profession. Carole has a strong interest in charity governance and has been a committed Board member of numerous Third Sector organisations. In recent years she has become closely involved with charitable giving and support, notably establishing the Heritage & Crafts Funders' Network (HCFN), which she continues to convene. In 2020 she was awarded an MBE for services to Heritage and Crafts during Covid-19. Carole is a proud Yorkshire woman and has been a Trustee of YGT since 2012.

Prof. E. Christopher Norton

BA MA PhD FSA

Christopher Norton is emeritus professor of Medieval Art and Architecture at the University of York. He has been studying the architecture and art of York Minster, including its stained glass, for many years and has been involved in the conservation of many aspects of the Minster's fabric. He was closely involved in setting up the MA in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management at the University, in conjunction with the York Glaziers Trust. He has been a trustee since 2003.

Prof. David Park

MA FSA FIIC

David Park is emeritus professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Honorary Professor of the Department of the History of Art at the University of York. At the Courtauld, he was the Director of the Conservation of Wall Painting Department, Director of the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation, and Coordinator of the National Survey of Medieval Wall Painting (now the Survey of Historic Wall Paintings in the British Isles). His work has focused on the art-historical study of wall paintings, especially of the medieval period, and efforts to improve conservation education and practice in Asia and elsewhere. The latter involved collaborative projects by the Conservation of Wall Painting Department in many countries, including Bhutan, Cyprus, Georgia and India.

With colleagues he curated the exhibition Wonder: Painted Sculpture from Medieval England (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 2002-3), and organised conferences including New Light in Dark Places: Recent Discoveries and New Directions in Anglo-Saxon Studies (2010) and Amaravati: The Art of an Early Buddhist Monument in Context (2014, Courtauld Institute and British Museum). His publications include Cistercian Art and Architecture in the British Isles, ed. with Christopher Norton (1986); Early Medieval Wall Painting and Painted Sculpture in England (BAR British Series, 216), ed. with Sharon Cather and Paul Williamson (1990); The Temple Church in London: History, Architecture, Art, ed. with R. Griffith-Jones (2010); and Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and its Conservation(Proceedings of the Buddhist Art Forum 2012), ed. with K. Wangmo and S. Cather (2013). David Park is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and of the International Institute for Conservation. In 2018 a conference on Interpreting and Conserving the Cultural Heritage was held in his honour at the University of York.

Mr David Podmore

David was a time-served apprentice to his craftsman father Andrew. He attended the Jakob Kramer Institute, now Leeds College of Art and Design, where he studied furniture history and production. In 1976 David joined the family furniture restoration, cabinet making and French polishing business, Andrew G. Podmore and Son Ltd (established in 1968), in York, and has worked alongside his father until taking over the reins in 2004 on his father's retirement. He has undertaken many projects over the years for clients including several dioceses, private country houses, museums and civic buildings. His work includes the Supreme Court in Westminster, and the Natural History Museum. David has a strong interest in preserving accurate historical fact within the restoration and conservation work he carries out, advising governing bodies and clients the best route to complete within the established historic provenance. David is a member of The Company of Merchant Adventurers where he has served on the court of assistance, and is currently the curator of furniture and treen. In this role he oversees the care and preservation of this important collection. 

Dr Ivo Rauch

BA MA PhD

Until 1999, Dr Rauch was the head of conservation at Oidtmann's in Linnich, the oldest stained glass studio in Germany. He has undertaken degrees in history of art and theology. Dr Rauch is now an experienced independent stained glass consultant based in Koblenz, leading a team of specialists on projects worldwide. He combines this work with his role as the president of Germany's national committee of the Corpus Vitrearum, an international research project dedicated to the study of stained glass. From 2008 Dr Rauch has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of York, and from 2017 he has been the supervisor of Naumburg Cathedral's stained glass conservation studio. Dr Rauch is a member of York Minster’s Fabric Advisory Committee. He has been a trustee since 2011.

Mr David Rayner

BSc (Hons) CBE

David Rayner was born and educated in York, graduating from Durham University, BSc Hons in 1963. Following a 2 year post graduate training in the railway industry at the time of the Beeching reforms, he started work in the marshalling yards of North West England. His 40 year career with British Rail took him to many parts of the country and in a number of increasingly senior roles culminating in 7 years on the board of British Rail, first as Joint MD and, following the major accident at Clapham Junction in 1988, leading the major project to reform the safety management systems of the industry. He was awarded the CBE for this work. During this time he also chaired the British Transport Police and the Rail Industry Training Board. At privatisation he set up the independent Rail Safety Directorate, organising the safe separation of track and train. Retiring 4 years later he took on a number of non executive directorships in both rail and property companies. He was for 10 years a trustee of the Science Museum and chaired the Advisory Board of the National Railway Museum. Returning to York on retirement, he joined the Court of the University of York and was a founder trustee of the York Museums Trust, the York & N Yorkshire Charitable Foundation and the York Mystery Plays. He is a Past Governor of the York Company of Merchant Adventurers and a Past President of York Rotary Club. Married, he has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. He has been a trustee since 2005.

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