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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. 

Ms Carole Milner


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


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.

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


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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