In September Jemima Rellie joined the GCI as the new assistant director of Communications and Information Resources (formerly Dissemination and Research Resources). Jemima came to the Institute from Tate in London, where she had been head of Digital Programs since 2001. There she established the strategy, implementation, and delivery of the organization's public-oriented digital activities, increasing the range and quality of programs offered online. Previously, Jemima worked for art book publishers, including Phaidon Press and Macmillan Publishers. She holds a master's degree in the social history of art from the University of Leeds.
Jemima will be working to strengthen the impact of the GCI's dissemination activities, which include the Information Center; AATA Online and other bibliographic services; the GCI's book publications and ephemera; the Institute's presence online; and Conservation: The Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter.
She succeeds Kristin Kelly, who is now a principal project specialist with the Institute. Kristan oversees the GCI's public programming, the scholars and interns programs, and a range of special projects. Kristin had headed the department since December 2004.
François LeBlanc, who joined the GCI as head of Field Projects early in 2001, retired in September to return to his native Canada. François came to the Institute after more than twenty years of public service in Canada—first as chief architect at Parks Canada in Quebec, then as vice president of Heritage Canada, and, finally, as chief architect for the National Capital Commission in Ottawa. He also served as director of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) in Paris. During his tenure at the GCI, the Institute continued its work on earthen architecture, on mosaics in situ, and on several projects in China, while initiating a project on documentation, a collaboration with the Organization of World Heritage Cities, and a new project in Egypt's Valley of the Queens.
The new head of GCI Field Projects is Susan MacDonald. Before coming to the GCI, Susan served as director of the New South Wales Heritage Office, Australia's lead government agency for all aspects of Australia's heritage—from museum collections to built and natural heritage. She was instrumental in developing heritage policy in New South Wales and at the national level, and she frequently represented her government internationally. With over twenty years of experience as a conservation architect, having worked previously at English Heritage in London and in private practice, Susan maintains particular interest in the conservation of twentieth-century buildings and modern materials, and she recently helped prepare the nomination of the Sydney Opera House to the World Heritage List.
As head of GCI Field Projects, Susan will provide leadership for the department. She will be involved in the development and implementation of projects in the context of overall institutional objectives, will forge partnerships with institutions in areas of mutual interest, and will represent the GCI in the international conservation community.
In October Kathleen Dardes was appointed head of GCI Education. A textile conservator by training, Kathleen held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts before joining the GCI's Training Program in 1988. After a number of years in this role and subsequently as a project specialist in Field Projects, Kathleen was promoted to senior project specialist in 2001 to focus on the Institute's renewed education efforts. Since then, she has developed and led a number of initiatives—including the online Conservation Teaching Resource, the Directors' Retreats for Conservation Education, and efforts in preventive conservation and integrated emergency management. She has also been instrumental in identifying and hiring new staff. In her new role, she will provide leadership and vision for the newly independent Education department and will continue to define ways that the GCI might best serve the evolving educational needs of the conservation field.