Advisory Committee and Panels

The advisory committee and advisory panels provide expert advice to the Heritage Council and Heritage NSW on issues relating to heritage protection, conservation and funding.

Grants and Sponsorship Advisory Committee

Provides advice on heritage incentives and service delivery programs, including the NSW Heritage Grants Program and Heritage Council Sponsorships.


 Dr Brian Lindsay

Brian completed undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in History at the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales, respectively, with a focus on nationalism and the ways in which places and representations of place inform our understandings of history and shared identity. He was awarded his PhD for his thesis “Darkening Frontier, Vanishing Outback: Film, Landscape and National Identities in Australia and the United States”.

For over a decade, he worked in state politics, including several years as Chief of Staff to the President of the Legislative Council. His responsibilities included research, administration, governance and protocol, and he drew on his training as an historian to design, curate and manage the Parliament’s major 2015 exhibition “Politics & Sacrifice” which marked the centenary of Anzac. He edited the commemorative book that accompanied the exhibition and also wrote many of the Statements about the Centenary of the First World War read in the Chambers each sitting week by the Presiding Officers.

In 2008, Brian completed a study of many of the notable pioneers’ families that settled in around the town of Bungendore in regional New South Wales, conveying stories from their arrivals as convicts and settlers in the early nineteenth century through several generations to the Great Depression. In recent years he has published several titles concerning the annual film awards season, including a four-volume reference work. His articles about the Academy Awards have appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

Since 2019, Brian has served as the Chair of the State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales. He is passionate about improving the discoverability of the Archives’ extraordinary collection and ensuring the NSW State Archives are a world leader in record-keeping, accessibility, and practices that allow for the inclusion of voices traditionally omitted from official records.

Ms Glenda Chalker

Glenda is a Dharawal woman of the Cubbitch Barta Clan and a descendant of the survivors of the 1816 massacre who moved to John Macarthur’s property at Camden. Glenda is passionate about cultural heritage and works on heritage matters every day. She is party to a registered Indigenous Land Use Agreement and is part of the Cubbitch Barta Native Title Claimant process.

Glenda is a member of the Tharawal Local Aboriginal Land Council and has served as Treasurer, Chairperson and is currently Deputy Chairperson. Glenda is also a member of the National Parks and Wildlife Sydney Metropolitan South Regional Advisory Committee, the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee and Aboriginal Advisory Group and is the Chairperson of the Cubbitch Barta Native Title Claimants Aboriginal Organisation. Glenda’s roles on these committees, participation in Aboriginal archaeological fieldwork and her status in her community, means she understands the stories and material culture of the Dharawal area. She knows the importance of heritage to Aboriginal people and future generations, the potential impacts – including the threats to cultural heritage conservation faced by the increasing residential development.

Glenda’s goal is to see stand-alone Aboriginal cultural heritage legislation developed that includes improved processes for speaking for Country and protecting Aboriginal heritage.

Mr Mitch McKay

Mitch is the principal of Port Macquarie Hastings Heritage a small heritage consultancy which he established in 2009.While the practice is based in Port Macquarie Mitch operates from Newcastle to the Queensland border and also provides a Heritage Advisory service to a number of Councils.

For 10 years prior to establishing his practice Mitch was the Heritage Officer of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. During this time he was involved in archaeological excavations, conservation works, historical research and the implementation of numerous interpretive signage projects.

As part of Mitch’s practice he also conducts walking tours of Port Macquarie and fulfils speaking engagements for community groups, schools and visiting travel writers.

Dr Anne-Maree Whitaker

Anne-Maree is an independent professional historian who undertakes research on a wide range of 18th-20th century Australian topics. She has completed significance assessments of nationally significant collections of moveable heritage for clients including the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Belvoir Street Theatre, the Royal United Services Institute, the Catholic Institute of Sydney, Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, Salvation Army, Australian Jewish Historical Society, Westmead Children’s Hospital and Georges River and Campbelltown City Councils.

Anne-Maree’s major projects have included a survey of war memorials for Ryde City Council, site histories of CSIRO radiophysics facilities, and histories of over 60 parks for the City of Sydney. Other clients have included Lend Lease, BHP Billiton, the Commonwealth Bank, St Vincent’s Hospital, Manidis Roberts, National Parks and Wildlife Service and Bobby Goldsmith Foundation. Anne-Maree has written ten books and numerous journal articles. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian Historical Society, and of the Royal Historical Society (UK). Public recognition of her expertise includes shortlisting for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2001 and winning National Trust Heritage Awards in 2010 and 2014.

Ms Chery Kemp

Chery was born in Griffith NSW, the youngest child with two older brothers, and moved to Sydney at the age of 11 with her family, taking with her memories of an 1880s ancestral homestead, which engendered her first love of heritage. Married in 1984 to John Johnson (who majored in history at Macquarie University), the experience of researching and restoring their first home, a 1908 terrace house in Marrickville, confirmed Chery’s love of heritage and her ambition as an urban planner specialising in heritage planning.

Chery has worked in the heritage industry since 1989, initially at NSW government level, and subsequently for various local councils (North Sydney, South Sydney, City of Sydney) and in private practice, including 12 years as a heritage specialist for Paul Davies Pty Ltd Architects, Heritage Consultants 2007-2019.

Highlights of Chery’s career have been a major proportion of the fieldwork and authorship of the Goat Island Conservation Management Plan for NSW National Parks;  formulating the policy for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the former tramsheds at Harold Park, Glebe for City of Sydney Council; and writing the Conservation Management Plans and Heritage Impact Statements for the revitalisation of the heritage buildings of Kensington Street Chippendale (part of the Central Park project).

Chery is currently working in private heritage practice as principal partner of Kemp & Johnson Heritage Consultants). She has a Bachelor of Arts (Macquarie University, 1983); Master of Urban & Regional Planning (University of Sydney, 1990) and Master of the Built Environment (Conservation) (University of NSW, 1994).

Heritage Advisory Panel

Provides advice on heritage matters including Aboriginal cultural heritage, historic and maritime archaeology, engineering, landscapes, local government and planning.


Ms Colleen Morris


Colleen is a landscape heritage consultant, author and curator with expertise in the areas of cultural landscape assessment, garden history and conservation management. She has, with other consultants, prepared conservation plans for some of Australia's most significant historic gardens, including the botanic gardens of Adelaide and Sydney and Sydney’s Government House and Domain. She is particularly interested in the management of cultural landscapes, how they enrich our lives and the stories they tell about our communities.  Colleen’s work includes the Berrima Sutton Forest and Exeter Cultural Landscape Study, and participation in the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) NSW Landscape Heritage Conservation Listing Project.

Colleen is the Deputy Chair of the National Trust (NSW) Landscape Conservation Committee, is on the committee of The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Sydney and is a Member of ICOMOS. She was the National Chair of the Australian Garden History Society 2003-2009. Her publications include the award-winning Lost gardens of Sydney (2008) and The Florilegium, The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney (2016).

Ms Sheridan Burke

Deputy Chair

Sheridan trained in urban planning, architecture, education and tourism management and consults on heritage issues in private practice, based in Sydney, Australia. Her senior management experience extends across government, NGOs and the private sector, leading teams in strategic heritage site management planning, interpretation and museum management projects.  Her work in cultural heritage management over 35 years has encompassed the Heritage Council of NSW; the Historic Houses Trust and as a former Partner and Director at GML Heritage. Modern heritage is her specialist interest- she is currently working with the Getty Conservation Institute’s Keeping it Modern program, delivering international conservation management planning courses. Her recent publications include the Eames House Conservation Management Plan (GCI 2018) and Paddington: A History (NewSouth Books 2019).

Sheridan has been appointed as an expert member of the Sydney Opera House Conservation Council; and its Eminent Architects Panel, as well as several Planning Panels in NSW. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, actively mentoring emerging professionals.

Sheridan has served as an International Vice-President of ICOMOS; as President of its Advisory Committee, and as President of its Twentieth Century ISC.

She has strong credentials in reviewing cultural heritage nominations and state of conservation reports for World Heritage sites and World Monuments Watch. Sheridan was awarded Australia ICOMOS honorary membership in 2015.

Ms Joedie Lawler 

Joedie is a Biripi woman from Mid north coast, Taree and is currently the CEO of Purfleet/Taree Local Aboriginal Land Council. Joedie spent 20 years working with the NSW Government, identifying, mapping, repatriating and protecting Aboriginal artefacts, remains and objects with many Aboriginal communities across the state. She has also managed projects around Aboriginal environmental business development across NSW.  Further to this, Joedie has worked with various Aboriginal communities around the care and protection of children in and out of care. She spent several years in the Northern Territory working within Aboriginal communities with the Aboriginal Investment Group.

Joedie recently returned home to Biripi land to share her knowledge and improve outcomes for her community. She is also Director of Saltwater Freshwater Alliance. Joedie is passionate about sharing and maintaining cultural knowledge and shares her knowledge around traditional practices.

Professor Paul Ashton

Paul is an adjunct at the University of Technology Sydney where he co-established the Australian Centre for Public History in 1999 at Macquarie University and at the University of Canberra. Co-founder and editor of the journal Public History Review, he has authored, co-authored and edited over thirty-nine books. These include a history of town planning in Sydney – The Accidental CityOnce Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past and What is Public History Globally? Working with the past in the present (Bloomsbury) which he co-edited. He has on a number of occasions been a judge for the NSW Premier’s History Awards. Paul is currently writing a series of creative non-fiction children’s history books for late primary and early high school pupils and co-editing a book on ‘The History Industry in Australia’ (working title).

Mr Matthew Devine

Matthew is an architect and heritage specialist with over 25 years experience working in small to medium size commercial architectural practices, as well as the Government Architect’s Office, National Trust of Australia (NSW) and the Australian Institute of Architects. Since 2017, he has been engaged in sole practice, as well as working in strategic planning at the City of Sydney. Recent projects involve the conservation of, alterations and additions to, and management of heritage buildings and landscapes across NSW. In association with practice, has been involved in architectural education for over 10 years, as a lecturer, critic, tutor and course supervisor. 

Mr Robert Moore


Mr David Nutley

David is a Director with Comber Consultants Pty Ltd and an archaeologist with extensive experience in Aboriginal, historical and maritime contexts. He has been providing heritage management advice for over 3 decades - spanning roles within State Government (NSW Heritage office; Principal Heritage Officer with the South Australian Department for Environment and Natural Resources), Commonwealth Government, (Australian National Maritime Museum), and private industry (Comber Consultants). He has expertise in archaeological survey/excavation/photography, materials conservation, CMPs, policy development, strategic planning and public education.

David holds a Masters in the Built Environment (Heritage Conservation and, in particular, coastal and riverine maritime landscapes), a Masters in Maritime Archaeology (Predictive modelling of survival of Inundation Indigenous sites in Australia) and is an Adjunct Research Fellow, Flinders University, SA.

David is a former President of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology and former Vice President of the ICOMOS International Committee for Underwater Cultural Heritage.

Ms Emma Bombonato

Emma has a degree in Environmental Science and Management and has more than 15 years of experience as a practitioner in Environmental Sustainability. Emma spent over 10 years working in environmental management and sustainability for the Taronga Conservation Society of Australia. Emma joined the Sydney Opera House in 2017, her role is to strategically support the implementation of the Opera House’s Environmental Action Plan and to help set the future direction of the program. Emma is a member of the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Destination Partnership leadership panel and the co-chair of the engagement working group. In 2019 Emma was selected to join the C40 Women4Climate program which focuses on supporting and enabling women in leadership positions to communicate the need for climate action. Emma is an advocate for strong and inspirational leadership in sustainability, with a particular interest in the role that both culture and cultural institutions play to influence positive change in the community.

Ms Catherine Forbes

Catherine is a Principal at GML Heritage and an architect with over 30 years’ experience in heritage conservation. Her expertise lies in analysing historic buildings, sites and urban precincts (including interiors and landscapes), and preparing appropriate guidelines for their conservation, maintenance, adaptation, development and management. She also has expertise in disaster risk management planning for cultural heritage, damage assessment and post disaster recovery.

Catherine has excellent knowledge of traditional construction materials and technologies, complemented by lengthy experience of issues associated with their conservation and management. She has carried out conservation works to many historic buildings; created adaptive re-use solutions; designed sympathetic alterations and additions to existing buildings; and designed new buildings for historic contexts—all applying the sustainability principles that lie at the core of her approach. Throughout her career, Catherine has worked in complex multidisciplinary environments, requiring consultation with stakeholder groups and local communities, and negotiation with authorities at all levels of government. 

Prior to joining GML, Catherine worked in some of Australia’s leading heritage architecture firms. In 2014, Catherine undertook specialist training in Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto.

Mr Scott Robertson

Scott is an architect in private practice in Sydney, with his architect wife, Jan Robertson, having worked for over 40 years since graduation. His degrees include a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours), a Master of the Built Environment (Building Conservation), and a Doctor of Philosophy awarded for his thesis on traditional Javanese architecture. He served for many years on the RAIA National Council, some of those years being as the Honorary Treasurer. Prior to that he was an active member of the RAIA (NSW Chapter) Historic Buildings Committee and the National Trust of Australia (NSW) Urban Conservation Committee.

Scott is the author of chapters in books and articles in refereed (and non-refereed) journals. He was the author of The Architecture of The Astor in Roberts, J. (ed), 2003, The Astor, Sydney: Ruskin Rowe Press, and author of the chapter, “Everyman’s Castle: Housing in NSW 1918-1942” in Ferson, M. & Nilsson, M. (eds), 2001, Art Deco in Australia: Sunrise over the Pacific, Sydney: Craftsman House. He is also the author of a number of entries in the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture, Goad and Willis, 2011, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. He is also the English Editor and member of the Editorial Board for the Docomomo Journal as well as being a member of the Docomomo International Advisory Board and the President of Docomomo Australia.

Scott also authored a refereed article, “Challenges in Protecting 1960s Architect-Designed Houses”, p.131-142, Conservation of Modern Architecture (special issue of Journal of Architectural Conservation), Volume 13, No. 2, July 2007, London: Donhead.

Ms Surbjit Bhatti

Surbjit is a qualified town planner with over 20 years’ experience working in local government. A Senior Heritage and Conservation Planner with North Sydney Council and a member of the Hornsby Shire Council Heritage Committee, Surbjit offers quality advice and best practice with respect to heritage conservation, urban planning and development matters so as to facilitate change appropriately, sensitively and with a focus on achieving high quality design and heritage outcomes for a broad range of planning and heritage projects involving restoration, adaptive reuse and refurbishment works as well as planning proposals and masterplanning.

Surbjit has undertaken technical reviews and policy updates for Development Control Plans and Local Environment Plans and her public and private sector experience extends across both statutory and strategic planning at local and state government levels. Surbjit has a BA (Hons) Degree in Urban Planning and Post Graduate Diplomas in Urban Planning Implementation and Heritage Conservation.

Mr Glenn Harper

Glenn is an architect with heritage experience and an urban designer at PTW Architects. His professional work, for both the private sector as well as various government agencies, focuses on adaptation and heritage assessments. He is also an independent researcher, has presented conference papers on late Modern NSW architecture, and recently undertook two entries for the Thames and Hudson publication Australia Modern. Prior to this he edited the architectural guides Sydney Brutalist Map and Concrete Melbourne Map for Blue Crow Media (London) and in 2015 he was awarded the Byrea Hadley Travelling Scholarship by the Architect’s Registration Board of NSW for The Brutalist Sydney Project. Glenn is currently undertaking a part time PhD at the University of Sydney, is a member of SAHANZ, National Trust (NSW), DOCOMOMO (Australia), and a long-term member of the AIA (NSW Chapter) Heritage Committee.

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, and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, 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.

Ms Claire Nunez

Claire is interested in the ongoing connection between people and place and the role of heritage planning, policy, regulation and innovation in the development and planning sector. She is a heritage consultant with over 16 years’ experience and has a Degree in Cultural Heritage Management and post graduate studies in Applied Project Management and City Planning.

Claire has a background in materials conservation, public policy, and private heritage practice, which has given her a knowledgeable perspective on communities, planning, public policy and heritage. Claire was previously Assistant Director of the Heritage Branch at the Commonwealth Department of Environment and has expert knowledge of statutory bodies, public authorities and government processes, as well as an in-depth understanding of government heritage programs, policy and legislation. She has expertise in heritage listings and management at all levels and has represented the Australian Government as part of a World Heritage Committee delegation.

Claire has led teams who have delivered advice on multifaceted heritage projects, including heritage assessments, conservation management plans, local heritage reviews, heritage impact assessments, interpretation and strategic advice. She also has in depth experience working as a project director on complex state significant development, state significant infrastructure, state agency managed heritage places and local government heritage conservation projects.

Technical Advisory Panel

Provides technical advice on maintenance, management and conservation of heritage items and assets.


Mr David Logan


David is a former member of the NSW Heritage Council and former Chair of the Heritage Council’s Approvals Committee as well as the Fire Access and Services Advisory Panel (FASAP).

He is a Director of GML Heritage, one of Australia’s largest heritage consulting practices. David has degrees in architecture and heritage conservation and is a registered urban planner with more than 35 years’ experience in heritage management in both the public and private sectors, including as a trainer and facilitator. He has led heritage teams on a wide range of CBD development and urban renewal projects across Australia and currently also serves on several heritage, design and planning approval panels.

David's overseas work has included World Heritage monitoring, missions and advice for ICOMOS, UNESCO and the World Heritage Committee, teaching and workshop facilitation for the Getty Conservation Institute and various other training and lecturing roles. Heis Vice-President of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Historic Cities, Towns and Villages (CIVVIH) and is a former Vice President of Australia ICOMOS, a role which also involved him in drafting revisions to the Burra Charter.

Mr Bruce Pettman

Deputy Chair

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 that 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 Sharon Hodgetts

Sharon is a Wiradjuri-Wangaaypuwan woman, born at Gilgandra and raised on farming country at Gulgong with family connections to the Dubbo, Wellington and Nyngan area. Sharon is also heavily involved in the Central Coast and Hunter regions’ Aboriginal community where she has lived for over 35 years. Sharon is a member of Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council and was their Senior Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Officer before moving to Forestry Corporation of NSW as the Aboriginal Partnerships Liaison for the Hunter-Central Coast. Sharon has many years training and working in Aboriginal Archaeology and is a current student at the University of New England Armidale. Sharon is a member of the Australian Archaeological Association, Australian Indigenous Archaeologists Association, National Parks and Wildlife Service- Hunter Central Coast Regional Advisory Committee, the Australian Rock Art Research Association and the ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Rock Art Australia. Sharon is also an Australian Archaeological Association (AAA) Indigenous Liaison Officer.

Sharon is passionate about Aboriginal heritage and culture. She ensures there are opportunities to practice culture, teaching and sharing widely particularly with her children and grandchildren. Through her roles and memberships, she is well respected for her knowledge of stories, material culture and the impacts and threats to Aboriginal cultural heritage currently posed through mining and other development.

 Mr Stephan Netting 

Stephan is an experienced Building Surveyor with 18 years of industry experience, working in the public sector. He is currently employed as Manager Fire Safety Compliance at Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW). Stephan has have previously been employed as a Building Surveyor for FRNSW and in various certification and regulatory roles within local government.

Stephan has extensive experience in dealing with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and Regulations, and the Building Code of Australia and relevant Australian Standards.

Stephan has been specialising in fire safety for much of his career and has a passion for this sector.


Ms Joy Singh

Joy is an award-winning heritage consultant specialising in the heritage conservation of culturally significant public buildings. She is experienced in all phases of built heritage conservation from strategic and maintenance planning, condition assessment, to technical repair documentation and research.

Joy is experienced in capacity building in conservation through publication of guidelines, presentations, lectures and training workshops for Regional NSW and UNESCO in Indonesia.

A recognised leader in the field of heritage conservation, Joy is a recipient of the National Trust Cathy Donnelly Memorial Award for her body of work, promotion of best practice and integrity.

After 30 years with the Government Architects Office, including the role of Coordinator of the NSW Public Works Minister’s Stonework Program, Joy is now Director and principle heritage consultant of Joy Singh Heritage Pty Ltd.  

Professor Gianluca Ranzi

Gianluca is a Professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Director of the Centre for Advanced Structural Engineering at the University of Sydney. His research interests range from the field of structural engineering, with focus on computational mechanics, behaviour and design of concrete and composite steel-concrete structures, to architectural science, heritage conservation and mitigation technologies for urban heat island effects.

Mr Harilal Gohil


Mr Peter Phillips

Peter is the principal of Orwell & Peter Phillips, an architectural practice that has been active in building conservation since the 1950s. He has degrees in architecture and building science from the University of Sydney, and he lectures on conservation and heritage to post-graduate students in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at UTS.

Peter has prepared conservation management plans for, and undertaken conservation work on, some of Australia’s most significant sites, including the Australian Museum, the Great Synagogue and Sydney Customs House, as well as several properties in The Rocks and Millers Point, and a number of State-significant railway stations. He has served as a heritage adviser to government at local, State and Commonwealth levels.

Peter was a founding member of the Heritage Council’s Fire Advisory Panel in 1984, and chaired the Panel from 1989 to 1995. In 2011 Peter was made a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects for his contribution to architectural conservation. He was President of Australia ICOMOS from 2005 to 2008, and he is currently Secretary General of ICOMOS International and a member of the ICOMOS World Heritage Panel.

Mr Gary Waller

Gary is the Managing Director of G &C Waller Builders and Allways Wood Joinery, a company that strives to adhere to guidelines of the Burra Charter with the intention of conserving our built heritage. He is a carpenter and joiner by trade with 39 years’ experience in traditional building methods.

Gary has specialised in heritage and conservation building works since 1982 having worked on a vast array of historic prominent and vernacular buildings, both in the private & public sectors.

Mr Thomas Bowyer

Thomas is a Senior Building Surveyor with professional qualifications in Property and Construction Management and over 8 years’ experience in both Local Government and Private Sector roles. His experience includes involvement in a diverse range of projects including residential, industrial, retail and commercial buildings. His current role includes the implementation of the City of Sydney’s Fire Safety Program and providing effective fire safety control. His past experience in Local Government has included Planning and Development which has equipped him with a wide range of knowledge in Building Regulations and relevant legislation.

Mr Eric Martin

Eric has practised architecture since 1973. He is a life fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and has a Masters degree in building conservation. After working with government and private practice he established his own architectural practice in 1998 offering a full range of services with additional expertise in architectural conservation and access for people with disabilities.

Eric was founding Chair of the ACT Heritage Council in 1992 and was President of the National Trust of Australia (ACT Branch) for 9 years. He is the Australian Institute of Architects International Representative to the UIA Region IV Access and Heritage Committees and is the Institute’s representative on the Building Codes Committee. He is a member of Standards Australia ME64 committee on disability access and the Institute of National Practice Committee. He has chaired the Institute’s National Heritage Committee and is current convener of the Institute’s National access Works Group.

Eric is an accredited access consultant and is past National President of the Association of Consultants in Access, Australia. In 2006 hewas granted the award of Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his contribution to heritage and conservation and disability access matters in Australia. Eric publishes widely and presents papers on heritage and disability access locally, nationally and internationally.

Mr Mark Relf

Mark is the principal of Accessibility Solutions and is an accredited Access Consultant with the Association of Consultants in Access Australia (ACAA). His expertise has been gained over more than 25 years, in the community sector and more consciously since 1994, providing advice regarding access to public and residential buildings, transport systems and services for people with disabilities.

Mark is also a member of the Standards Australia 1428 Committee and Chair of the Sydney Olympic Park Access Committee.

Mr Alex Been

Alex is a structural engineer with 20 years’ experience in the design and documentation of building and infrastructure projects in Australia and England. While living in the UK Alex developed an interest in heritage engineering and since returning to Australia in 2009, Alex’s work has focused on the conservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures.

Alex now leads the Sydney structural engineering team of Mott MacDonald Australia, maintaining a small team of specialists in the field of heritage engineering. He is one of only a few structural engineers in the country to be recognised as a chartered engineer in the specialist area of practice of Heritage and Conservation Engineering. Alex has a Master of Heritage Conservation and is a member of the Engineers Australia Heritage Committee (Sydney Division).

Dr Yuanyuan Song

Yuanyuan is a Chartered Fire Engineer in Australia and the U.K., currently registered as a Fire Safety Certifier in NSW. She started working in Arup Hong Kong office in 2009 and transferred to the Arup Sydney office in 2014. Prior to joining Arup, she had five years of design and research experience in the U.K. focused on the structural behaviors under fire conditions. 

Yuanyuan has extensive experience in fire engineering design for a wide range of building and infrastructure projects, including public arts and culture venues, mixed-use commercial properties, retail and transport buildings. She specialises in developing holistic fire safety strategies, performance-based fire and structural fire engineering solutions and qualitative and quantitative risk assessments at design and construction stages.