Icon Centre


Bethlehem Icon Centre Non-Profit


The BIC is registered with the Palestinian Authority as a not for profit private company. What does this mean?

It means that is is set up like any company, with shareholders and a Board of Directors, but its investors/shareholders make nothing from their shares. Rather all monies raised, including operating profits , go back into the company, that is directly into the project. It is more like a trust with the Board acting as trustees of the aims and objectives. At the BIC shareholders hold their shares in trust, and simply transfer them to the next shareholder when they come to step down.

The company has five shareholders, who nominally hold 200 shares each. Each shareholder is also a member of the Board of the Company, which is the governing body of the BIC. The Board oversees everything and has responsibility for all that the BIC does and aims to do.

  • Ian Knowles, is Chairman of the company & Principal of the BIS. He is a professional iconographer from the UK, a graduate of Oxford University with qualifications in theology. He studied iconography under Egon Sendler in Paris, and as an apprentice to Master iconographer Aidan Hart in the UK. Since 2008 he has spent much of his time working voluntarily to support the local churches in the Holy Land.

Nicola Juha is the Director and was also a student at the BIC from the day it started, as well as a practicing lawyer. Nicola and Ian has responsibility for the day to day running of the Centre and for setting its aims, objectives and policies. Ian is also the Main Tutor for the Icon School and supervises the workshop carrying out many of the commissions himself.


Nadeem Hazboun is the Centre Manager, responsible for the running of the office and the general operation of the School, Workshops and Visitors’ Centre.

Mike Jacaman, a qualified accountant, is the Financial Officer.

Issa Bokarov, is the Centre's Maintenance man.

Nadia Shaalan, The Centre's Cleaner