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.

The Hon. Robyn Parker

Chair

Robyn brings a wealth of experience from her time serving as the Member for Maitland and Minister for the Environment and Minister for Heritage, as well as her work as a non-executive Director of several boards, and past CEO in the private sector. She has exceptional government liaison skills and public and private sector expertise spanning conservation, heritage, environment, recycling and education.

A strong understanding of risk and governance regimes, Robyn has led teams to deliver innovative initiatives ranging in size from ‘grass roots’ campaigns to high profile multimillion dollar programs.

Robyn trained in teaching and education and has participated on a wide range of Committees. Her senior management and board experience extends across government and the private sector, from a wide range of industries including conservation and local land services, housing corporations and professional institutions.

Robyn is passionate about supporting people in need, including disability services and is an active campaigner for gender equality and provides mentorship to women in or seeking leadership positions.

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

Member

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.

Mr Paul Knight

Member

Paul is the CEO of the Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and a local Traditional Custodian. He brings to the Heritage Council/State Heritage Register Committee expertise in Aboriginal heritage, whilst also applying his knowledge and experience in governance, environmental landscapes, local government, and planning and development, particularly in relation to Aboriginal heritage.

He has over 20 years’ experience in senior management and is currently the Managing Director of a private consultancy Djenbella Group, which encompasses Indigenous employment, business and economic development. He has been operating his own businesses for the last 23 years, running operations across education, employment, tourism & hospitality, finance, strategic planning and risk management.

Paul is a member of various boards and committees including the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health Board. He advocates for improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people and people with a disability, to ensure equity of access to health services for all.

Dr Wayne Johnson

Member

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.

Ms Lisa Trueman 

Member

Lisa is an architect and heritage consultant with over 25 years’ experience in built heritage conservation, including 15 years as a heritage adviser in local government. Lisa specialises in providing design advice and statutory guidance to government agencies, architects and developers in order to facilitate outcomes based on heritage best practice.

Lisa has extensive knowledge of conservation practice and heritage legislation at both local and state level. She has worked on many local government heritage studies and reviews and provided advice on, and assessment of, the heritage impact of proposed works to numerous heritage listed places. She has over 18 years’ experience as an independent expert witness on heritage issues in the Land and Environment Court of NSW (LEC), representing local councils and government agencies. Her LEC expertise includes facilitating Section 34 agreements and provision of expert evidence at hearings.

Lisa worked as a heritage adviser at North Sydney Council, Manly Council and Hornsby Council and has also worked in private practice as a design and conservation architect. Lisa is currently an Associate at GML Heritage. Her work at GML involves the provision of heritage advice and the assessment of heritage impact for a range of projects, with particular focus on strategic planning studies for local and state government agencies and representing local government agencies in the Land and Environment Court, as heritage expert.

Dr Stephen Gapps

Member

Stephen has a long-standing interest in public history, historical reenactments and the history and commemoration of the Australian Frontier Wars. His doctoral thesis was the first history of historical reenactments in public commemoration.  Stephen has worked extensively as a consultant historian in heritage, museums, film and television and history events and performances and has been a participant and organiser of historical reenactments.

Stephen is a curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum, a Conjoint Lecturer at the University of Newcastle and President of the History Council of NSW. He has written two award winning books and is currently working on his second Australian Frontier Wars history, focusing on the first Wiradjuri war of resistance 1822-1824.

Ms Natalie Vinton

Member

Natalie is the CEO of Curio Projects and has over 20 years’ experience in heritage management in both the private and public sectors. She has been involved in more than 200 cultural heritage projects at significant sites since the inception of Curio Projects in 2015. She loves working with clients to create new places and spaces that seamlessly incorporate and celebrate the heritage values site users and communities hold close.  Natalie is also passionate about humanising history.

Natalie’s experience within both the private and  Government Sector, (both local and State) makes her uniquely placed to provide clear, achievable heritage management solutions for complex, major redevelopment projects – particularly in terms of adaptive reuse of heritage items, interpretation and archaeology that considers the needs of all key stakeholders. She is highly experienced in setting broader strategic management frameworks for cultural heritage landscapes and heritage asset management.