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The Trustees

Over 50 Years of Excellence in Stained Glass Craft and Conservation

Board of Trustees

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 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 governance in the charitable sector and has been a committed Board member of numerous Third Sector organisations. She is currently closely involved in the funding sector and is expert adviser and trustee to several grant-giving organisations including the Radcliffe Trust and Trusthouse Charitable Foundation. She is a proud Yorkshire woman and has been a proud Trustee of YGT since 2011.

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.

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.

David Rayner


David Rayner was born and educated in York, graduating from Durham University, BSc Hons in 1963. Following a 2 year post grad training with 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 BR took him to many parts of the country and in a number of increasingly senior roles culminating in 7 years on the board of BR, 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.

Dr Richard Shephard


Richard Shephard is well known as a composer, particularly of choral music. He is now a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Music at the University of York, and a member of the University's Court. He was Headmaster of the Minster School in York, a post he held from 1985 until 2004. He was, until retirement in 2014, Chamberlain of York Minster and Director of Development for the Minster, responsible for funding the conservation work of the Minster. He has served on the Archbishops' Commission on Church Music and on the Archbishops' Commission on Cathedrals. Dr Shephard was awarded the Lambeth Doctorate of Music in 2001 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of York and the University of the South. He was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music and Honorary Fellowship of the Guild of Church Musicians. He is an Honorary Freeman of the City of York and a Deputy Lieutenant for North Yorkshire. He was awarded the MBE in 2012. Dr Shephard has served as Chairman of the Trustees of the Leeds International Piano Competition and is a Past Governor of the Company of Merchant Adventurers of York. In 2014 was appointed, by the Archbishop of York, a Lay Canon and member of Chapter of York Minster. He is now Chairman of the Ryedale Festival, Chairman of the Archbishop of York's Youth Trust and Chairman of the Heslington Foundation at the University of York. He has been a trustee since 2013.

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  • York Minster
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  • Corpus Vitrearum International