Co-opted member: Professional Standards & Development Committee

Icon is seeking a Co-opted Member for the Professional Standards & Development Committee

Icon (The Institute of Conservation)


3 years, extending for a further 3 if required


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Icon is seeking a Co-opted Member for the Professional Standards & Development Committee with experience of vocational training to support our work in apprenticeship end point assessment, qualification development,  assessment practice and quality assurance.

About Icon

The Institute of Conservation is the professional body representing and supporting the practice and profession of conservation. Icon champions excellence in conservation and promotes the value of caring for heritage. Members are supported through skills development, networking opportunities, advocacy, education and training. We are the authoritative source of information on conservation practice, policy and the profession.


What we do

Icon is an ambitious advocacy body and thought leader for cultural heritage conservation. We represent the interests of conservation and conservators to government and policy makers on the issues that affect our cultural heritage most, from skills to education to funding.

We lead and uphold the highest standards and ethics of practice through our widely-respected Professional Standards, rigorous Accreditation and publicly accessible Conservation Register. Through this work we bring confidence to the public that cultural heritage is protected for future generations.

We encourage the exchange of knowledge and lifelong learning. Icon’s UK-wide events programme, accessible professional progression and access to information support a sustainable and skilled workforce resilient to today’s challenges.

Icon welcomes all individuals and organisations interested in supporting conservation. Our extensive network, professional development support, leading publications and influential advocacy enable our 2,500+ members to establish a deeper connection to their interests and careers.


Our mission is to support:

  • Advocacy – through influencing our partners
  • Excellence – through building knowledge, high standards and valuing the profession
  • Engagement – through encouraging public awareness and participation


We place great importance on our values so we will:

  • Work with integrity: We are open and honest and do what we believe is best for our shared cultural heritage, the public and our members.
  • Be inclusive: We value diversity and ensure that opportunities are open to all those who want to care for our heritage.
  • Be forward-looking and outward-looking: We keep our eyes on the horizon and on the world around us
  • Be ambitious: Both for our organisation and the things we believe in
  • Be collaborative and generous: We work with our members and partners to share learning and achieve the best results together
  • Uphold high standards: We value, support and promote the expertise and professionalism of our members and partners


Icon’s Professional Standards & Development Committee and the role of co-opted members

The Professional Standards and Development (PSD) is a standing Committee of the Icon Board. Its purpose is to ensure that Icon leads on the development and maintenance of high professional standards across the  conservation profession. It does this through providing strategic oversight of the following key areas of activity:

  • Understanding the needs of the conservation profession in relation to training, education and standards
  • Icon’s system of professional accreditation of conservator restorers
  • Ensuring that high Professional Standards and ethics are maintained across the conservation profession.
  • Education and skills activities
  • Icon’s role as Apprenticeship End Point Assessment organisation.


PSD is made up of at least four Trustees including the Chair and up to three co-opted Committee members.



This is a voluntary role. PSD members must be able to commit to:

  • Attend 4 meetings remote meetings per year which take place in February, May, August and November.
  • Time to thoroughly review meeting papers to be able to actively contribute to the work of PSD.
  • Time to take on additional responsibility for key areas of the activity of PSD.

Any PSD member who attends fewer than two out of any four consecutive PSD meetings may be asked to resign.



Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed as defined by Icons’ guidelines for volunteers, trustees and staff.


Person Specification

Each PSD member must have:

  • Commitment to the mission of the Institute of Conservation
  • A willingness to meet the minimum time requirement
  • Integrity
  • Strategic vision
  • Good, independent judgement
  • Ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • An understanding and acceptance of the duties of PSD members
  • Able to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of Icon.


Collectively, PSD members must have skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Strong understanding of the needs of professional conservators working across the public and private sectors
  • Professional Standards and Ethical Guidance in conservation
  • An understanding of the conservation and education landscape in the UK, including the specific needs of the further and higher education sectors
  • Icon Accreditation, assessment and quality assurance processes
  • Continuing professional development
  • Understanding of the trends and developments in the broader skills and education sector
  • Apprenticeship End Point Assessment and associated quality assurance process

If you wish to discuss this role please contact Patrick Whife, Head of Skills, at [email protected]

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