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 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 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 Julie Marler


Julie is a Fellow of AILA, and a Registered Landscape Architect and has together with architect David Phillips been leading a small practice of landscape architects and architects at Phillips Marler for 20 years. Julie has a Master of Heritage Conservation in addition to landscape architecture qualifications and widespread experience in landscape heritage, conservation planning and assessment, site interpretation, as well as masterplanning and landscape design projects. Julie has a passion for the understanding of heritage landscapes and places and what they teach us about sustainability and practice in the built environment.

Julie also believes that design should be seen as a holistic practice in which all disciplines are working to improve our cities and landscapes.

Julie has led many park and urban design projects for state and local government in culturally significant sites. Julie has always been interested in landscape education and has given lectures and been part of design juries at the UNSW landscape architecture program. Julie was an AILA National Councillor (board member) between 2013 and 2015, a reforming period for the landscape architecture peak body and has sat on the AILA Education Committee and AILA National Accreditation Review Panel. Julie has assisted in review of Deakin University and University of Canberra landscape architecture programs.