State Heritage Register Committee

The State Heritage Register Committee, under delegated authority from the Heritage Council of NSW, makes recommendations to the Minister for the listing of items on the State Heritage Register, and also provides advice to the Council. The committee meets monthly.

Ms Sheridan Burke


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 Colleen Morris

Deputy Chair

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).

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 Lisa Newell


Lisa has been a member of the State Heritage Register Committee since 2014 and was the National Trust representative to the Heritage Council of NSW from 2014-2018. She was also honoured with the National Trust Meritorious Award in 2018.

Lisa has over 25 years urban planning and heritage management experience with local, State and Commonwealth governments and in consultancy firms. Lisa is an Associate Member of the Planning Institute of Australia (NSW) and has a BA in Urban and Economic Geography and Archaeology. Lisa is a member of the Industrial Archaeology Sub-Committee of the National Trust (NSW) and has formerly been a member of the Archaeology and Moveable Heritage Advisory Panels of the NSW Heritage Council.

Lisa is a qualified and experienced town planner as well as a heritage expert and specialises in two, often inter-related, areas: managing strategic land use planning projects; and managing complex heritage issues associated with proposed major developments and planning proposals. Lisa also has a strong background in leading multi-disciplinary project teams in the government and private sectors and developing strategies, practice and policies associated with land use and heritage planning.

Mr Paul Knight


Mr Steven Barry


Steven completed an undergraduate degree in architecture and postgraduate degree in heritage conservation at the University of Sydney. His experience extends across both private heritage practice and government, where he has been responsible for the delivery of challenging heritage outcomes across a wide variety of projects throughout Australia and internationally.

Steven is particularly interested in Modern architecture and his Master’s Thesis entitled ‘The Kresge Auditorium: A case study in Conserving Structurally Expressive Modern Concrete Buildings’ was completed as part of a Getty Conservation Institute grant to the Sydney Opera House to research, investigate and safeguard the concrete elements of the building.

Steven is an International Member of ICOMOS and an active member of the ICOMOS 20th Century International Scientific Committee. He is passionate about building conservation and adaptive reuse, and the role heritage places can play in forming a sustainable and vibrant future for our cities.

Dr Wayne Johnson


Wayne is the Senior Archaeologist working with Place Management NSW (and its predecessors the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and Sydney Cove Authority) since 1993. In that role he is part of the Strategic Planning and Heritage team that has responsibility for conservation and interpretation of the historic Rocks precinct of Sydney as well as other nearby iconic heritage sites owned and managed by the State. From 1985-88 Wayne worked on the creation of the industrial technology exhibitions for the Powerhouse Museum project, prior to his appointment as archaeologist to the NSW Heritage Office in 1991.

Wayne completed his PhD in 2003 on the subject of landscape archaeology; looking at the broader physical changes to landscapes brought about by human activity. He has worked on archaeological projects in Jordan and in the Persian Gulf, Portugal and Zanzibar. Most recently he has been involved with Sydney University’s long-term project at Angkor in Cambodia, and in the Northern Province in Sri Lanka.

Between 1991 and 1999 Wayne taught courses on the history and archaeology of NSW through the Centre for Continuing Education at the University of Sydney, and from 2000-2007 taught the University’s course “The Archaeology of Modern Times” in the Department of Archaeology. In addition, he has been guest lecturer at Flinders, New South Wales, York and Manchester Universities, and the University of Technology (Sydney) teaching the integration of heritage and archaeology with the fields of tourism and urban design and development. Wayne has contributed to a number of heritage-related publications and co-authored the books A History of Sydney’s Darling Harbour (2008) and Painting The Rocks: The Loss of Old Sydney (2010).

Wayne currently serves on the Executive Committee of Australia ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments and Sites) and is Chair of the NSW National Trust’s Industrial Heritage Committee. Wayne was formerly Chair of the NSW Heritage Office’s Maritime Archaeology and Archaeology Advisory Panels, and more recently a member of the NSW Heritage Council’s Grants Committee.

Dr Lisa Murray


Lisa is a public historian and works at the City of Sydney Council where she heads up the history program. She is an award-winning author, a curator of physical and digital exhibitions, and producer of walking tours, activations, podcasts and smartphone apps. Recent publications include the award-winning "Sydney Cemeteries: A Field Guide" (NewSouth Publishing, 2016) and "Our City: 175 Years in 175 Objects" (City of Sydney, 2017).