Approvals Committee

The Approvals Committee determines, comments on, or suggests amendments to proposed alterations to listed items under delegation from the Heritage Council of NSW. The committee meets monthly.

Mr Dillon Kombumerri


Dillon is the Principle Architect for the Government Architect NSW. Originally from Queensland, he grew up on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerriba) and is a Yugembir descendent from the Gold Coast.

With over 25 years of experience in architectural practice, Dillon brings his own unique indigenous perspective to re-imagining the built environment and has focused heavily on projects that seek to improve the health, well-being and prosperity of indigenous communities.

During this time Dillon has also been teaching and lecturing globally in many forums to shine a light on the hidden value of indigenous knowledge and how it can positively influence private and public agencies to deliver better outcomes for the built and natural environment. This includes speaking at the prestigious Bauhaus School – Dessau, Germany, the Architecture Association in London and the International Centre for Creativity Innovation and Sustainability (ICIS) in Hornbeak, Denmark. 

He was a taskforce member for the “Which Way” National Indigenous Housing Conference and is a sitting member on the Victorian Chapter’s Reconciliation Committee.

Dillon has featured on national radio and television and written articles for several highly regarded professional journals. His design approach is not defined by an architectural style but rather it is inspired by individuality, diversity and honest self-expression

Mr Ian Clarke

Deputy Chair

Ian is the Managing Director of CSVentures, an investor and advisor to early stage technology companies, and an experienced company Director. He co-founded Pacific Strategy Partners (PSP) after working with McKinsey and has over 25 years of consulting experience across the public and private sectors.   Monitor Deloitte Australia acquired PSP, where he was a Senior Partner in the Strategy Practice and lead Partner for the NSW Government.

Ian has experience in many industries including financial services, public sector, healthcare, private equity, not for profit and sports, including advice on issues such as commercialisation, strategy development, Board facilitation, private equity investment, commercial negotiation, organisational design and governance.

Ian is also a Director of Manly United Football Club, a Member of the NSW Heritage Council, and was the Treasurer of the Stanford Australia Association, Founding Chair of the Stanford Australia Foundation, and President of Mosman Football Club.

Dr Nicholas Brunton


Nick is a senior partner in the environment and planning group at the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia. He has over 28 years of experience advising public and private sector entities on in all areas of environmental and planning law, land acquisition, land use and development, heritage, valuation and compulsory acquisition, mining, and natural resources law.  

In addition to degrees in law and geography, Nick has a PhD in planning and environmental law from the University of Sydney. He is a director of WaterNSW and is a member of the advisory Board of the Macquarie University Centre for Environmental Law, and the Advisory Board of Australian Centre for Climate Change and Environment Law at the University of Sydney.

He is also a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute, lectures at the University of Sydney and University of New South Wales and has over 30 peer reviewed publications on a wide range of topics in environmental, planning and valuation law, and environmental economics.

Mr Niall Macken


Niall is an architect and heritage specialist with extensive and diverse experience as a heritage manager and conservation architect on significant historic sites, buildings and precincts in Australia, England and Ireland, within both the public and private sectors. He has a strong interest in best-practice conservation management, including the provision of creative and sympathetic interventions to historic places.

He is a registered architect with the NSW Board of Architects, and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI), and a former member of the NSW Heritage Council’s Heritage Committee.  He has a Masters’ Degree in Conservation Studies from the University of York, UK.

As the former Head of Heritage Place Management NSW (formerly Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority) Niall was responsible for providing strategic advice to guide the development of infrastructure projects within the state significant Rocks precinct, and for managing the conservation of a collection of c.100 state heritage items within The Rocks. This work included the development of conservation policies and guidelines, and the maintenance, repair and adaptive reuse of heritage items.

Mr David Burdon


David is a registered architect in NSW whose background includes the design and documentation of public projects with the NSW Government Architect’s Office and extensive heritage experience in the private sector.

David received his Master of Architecture from The University of Sydney where his thesis focused on the 19th century shopping arcades of Sydney and their influence on current city planning. He has also studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and was a recipient of a Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship from the NSW Board of Architects. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Lethaby Scholarship by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings to study building conservation and repair in the United Kingdom.

David has worked with numerous stakeholders across the education, culture, community and residential sectors, and he is always keen to investigate new design problems within an understanding of the context of a place. His previous projects have included new design, adaptive re-use, conservation, masterplanning and asset management advice across a range of scales.

David is a passionate believer in the ability of our heritage to play a meaningful role in our future built environments. He is a former member of the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Heritage Committee and continues to tutor regularly at the University of Sydney in both architectural design and heritage conservation. He is the current Chair of the Built Heritage Conservation Committee of the National Trust of Australia (NSW).

Ms Caitlin Allen


Caitlin is an archaeologist and heritage specialist with broad experience in the management, assessment and investigation of cultural heritage places, particularly historical archaeological sites and brings experience as a heritage administrator, practitioner and academic to her role on the Approvals Committee.  She is committed to inclusive and community-focused heritage practice and is passionate about ensuring that heritage decision-making is informed by an active understanding of the essential contributions that heritage can make to community wellbeing and sustainability.

Graduating from her archaeology degree in 1996, Caitlin worked for many years as a heritage specialist in the NSW public service.  She was the Archaeologist with the NSW Heritage Office from 1997 to 2002 undertaking statutory approvals work, providing archaeological advice and developing historical archaeology policy for the NSW Heritage Office and Heritage Council.  From 2002 to 2016 she was Senior Conservation Archaeologist and Heritage Specialist with the NSW Government Architect’s Office, taking a more hands-on role as well as providing expert peer-review and continuing to develop public heritage policy. During this time she completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Management. 

Caitlin is an Expert Member of the International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management, a Member of the ICOMOS General Assembly 2020 Scientific Committee, a former Vic-President of Australia ICOMOS and a former member of the NSW Heritage Council’s Heritage Advisory and Archaeological Advisory Panels.

She is currently based at The University of Sydney, undertaking research on the public benefits of archaeological conservation and teaching in the University’s heritage and museum studies Masters’ program.

Mr Bruce Pettman


Bruce is the Director, Heritage Asset Advisory in Public Works Advisory, Department of Regional NSW.  He manages a team of conservation architects, materials conservation and technical conservation officers as well as a public buildings archived drawings service called PlanServices. He has been in this position since 2016 following 16 years as the Principal Heritage Architect in the former NSW Government Architect’s Office .  

Bruce has 45 years professional experience as an architect and over the last 35 years he has been involved specifically with the design, implementation and management of historic public building conservation projects and programs as well as advisory services within the state public works agencies in both South Australia and New South Wales. 

Bruce was previously the NSW Government Architect’s alternate observer member on the NSW Heritage Council and Approvals Committee. He is currently a member of the Heritage Council Approvals Committee, Deputy Chair of the Technical Advisory Panel and was a former Chair of the panel's predecessors FASAP and TAG.

Bruce’s areas of expertise cover building and urban conservation including the protection, repair, adaptation and adaptive reuse of culturally significant buildings and sites. Bruce’s Heritage Group also implements the ongoing ‘Minister’s Stonework Program’ which is progressively conserving the state’s 600 historic sandstone public buildings and structures. He is also a member of the state government’s Community War Memorials Fund Committee.

From 1993-2000 Bruce was also the manager and team leader of SACON International, a South Australian state government Public Works led cultural heritage conservation project team of private sector and public sector heritage specialists undertaking studies, delivering capacity building training and delivering conservation projects and traditional trade skills throughout the South Asia, South East Asia and West Pacific regions.

In 2003 he received a Centenary of Federation Medal from the Governor General of Australia for services to the conservation of historic buildings.

Ms Ingrid Mather


Ingrid has over 40 years’ experience in landscape architecture. Ingrid pursues her profession with a strong commitment to achieving both location specific and environmentally responsible design solutions. Ingrid’s experience has been gained in both private and public practice, and academia. This extensive experience has strengthened her ability to value add to the development process through the critical analysis of site and project requirements, formulation of environmentally conscious development strategies, and identifying the optimum construction solution to best achieve the client’s project outcomes.

Ingrid has both managed and participated in multi-disciplinary teams for a variety of development and environmental rehabilitation projects both for government and private organisations. Through these projects, Ingrid has actively pursued cooperative and innovative cross disciplinary solutions to achieve sustainable development.