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.

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.

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.

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.