Meet the team

Caitlin Southwick PDres

CEO and Founder

Caitlin is the Founder and CEO of SiC as well as the Executive Director of Ki Culture. She holds a Professional Doctorate in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage from the University of Amsterdam. Caitlin has worked in the conservation field and in museums around the world, including the Vatican Museums, The Getty Conservation Institute, and Easter Island. Additionally, she currently is the Secretary of the Working Group on Sustainability for the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Anna Beaumont MA

Administrative coordinator

Anna graduated with a Master’s Degree in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects, from Durham University, England. She began researching the sustainability of conservation treatments while studying and became more engaged with this field during her different internships. She is currently specialising in metal object conservation at the Institut National du Patrimoine in France.

Elisa Carl MA

Meeting coordinator

Elisa graduated with a Master’s Degree in Conservation of Modern Materials and Media at the Bern University of the Arts , She currently works at a Museum for contemporary art in Berlin. She is interested in supporting a change towards a more  sustainability practice at the  workplace

Ruta Nazaraite BA

Email coordinator

Rūta is in her last year of Masters Degree in the Conservation and Restoration of Easel Paintings at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania. She was first introduced to SiC as a member of the Student Ambassador Program (SAP), and has spread awareness of sustainable alternatives in the workplace.

Karoline Sofie Hennum MA

Drive and Greener Solvents coordinator

Karoline is an emerging objects conservator who earned her BA and MA degrees in conservation from the University of Oslo, Norway. Currently working in England, she is an advocate for implementing sustainability in the conservation field. As an emerging conservation professional, she is participating in our Green Solvents project to further develop her scientific knowledge.

Daniela Molinari  MA

Director – Student Ambassador Program

Daniela Molinari has been the Manager of the Student Ambassador Program since early 2019. She earned her MA in paintings conservation at Northumbria University from 2017-2019 and now works at a conservation studio in Toronto, Canada. She received a BA Double Honours from Carleton University in Communication Studies and Art History in 2014. In her spare time you can find her rock climbing, reading, or listening to podcasts.She is very passionate about bringing modern sustainable practices to conservation.

Mackenzie Higgins MA

Content coordinator

Mackenzie is currently an art conservator at the Parliament of Canada. She earned a MA in the Conservation of Easel Paintings at Northumbria University after completing a Post-Baccalaureate in Conservation and Restoration from Studio Arts College International in Florence, Italy.

Natasa Avramovic MA

Digital Resource centre coordinator

Natasa is currently studying Preventive Conservation MA at Northumbria University. She completed her Masters in Paintings conservation and restoration at the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, after a BA in the same discipline. She hopes to contribute towards making the conservation profession more sustainable through her work at SiC by enabling access to a wide range of recent and relevant publications on sustainability in the field.

Francesca Cardinali MSc

Director – SiC Italia

Francesca earned her MSc in the science and technology for the conservation and the restoration of Cultural heritage at the Universita di Perugia, Italy. She now works closely with several cultural professionals involved in science labs, museums, and restoration/conservation activities to better highlight the vital role of cultural heritage within the sustainable paradigm shift.

Catarina Pinheiro PhD

Director – SiC Portugal

Catarina is a conservator/restorer with a special interest in conservation science. After she earned degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Lisbon University) and Conservation and Restoration (New University of Lisbon) she completed a PhD thesis on the risks posed to both documents and staff by fungi-contaminated archival settings.

Gwendoline R. Fife MA

Director – Greener Solvents Project

Gwen received her Chemistry Degree from York University, and trained in easel painting conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Subsequently a Mellon Fellow at the Walters Museum in Baltimore, she has worked as a conservator and researcher in various museums and private studios across the world. Determining and teaching safer solvent use for paintings, people and the planet over the last 20 years she became an independent consultant in March 2021.