Anna studied organic chemistry in Italy where she developed extensive experience in the synthesis of organic aromatic compounds. Her interest in academic research brought her to the UK where she completed an MPhil in Physical Chemistry in collaboration with ICI and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Her research project provided an innovative and efficient process in the preparation of a catalyst for the synthesis of methanol. Anna was also an assistant lecturer and taught undergraduate students in the laboratory, one aspect of her career that she particularly enjoyed.
Then her career evolved in the environmental protection sector where she broadened her experience by working for 20 years at the Environment Agency in the Regulated Industry Department as a business advisor and business manager.
Her passion for research and art brought her to West Dean College, a very special and unique place where applied science meets cultural heritage.
“ Working in the laboratory in the Conservation Department is extremely exciting because not two days are the same. In a short time at West Dean, I analysed venetian mosaics, renaissance ceramics and mid 19 century poisonous green books! All this based in an idyllic location at Edward James’ residence, where some of Dali and Magritte works are still part of the collection. I couldn’t dream of a better place to work!”