Helen Brett ACR followed her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Kings College London with a M.A. in the Conservation of Easel Painting from the University of Northumbria, graduating in 1993. She undertook an internship at National Museums Liverpool, continuing to work there for the next five years before first starting at the Tate as an assistant conservator in 1999. She undertook a Paul Mellon Fellowship in the Conservation of British Art at the Hamilton Kerr Institute from 2001–2004 and started in her present post at the Tate in 2004. Her main roles are to support the loans programme and the display and exhibition programmes at Tate St Ives. Her practical conservation projects have included many paintings from the British School, both historic and modern. She is an accredited member of ICON, the UK Institute for Conservation.