Executive Committee

Prof Richard Mackay, AM - GA2020 Convenor

Richard Mackay is the Director of Possibilities at Mackay Strategic Pty Ltd, ICOMOS World Heritage Adviser, Member of the National Executive Committee of Australia ICOMOS, Adjunct Professor in the Archaeology Program at La Trobe University, and Commissioner of the NSW Independent Planning Commission. With more than 30 years’ experience in cultural heritage practice, Richard was co-founder and Partner at GML Heritage Pty Ltd, and has provided facilitation and strategic direction for heritage projects and place management throughout Australia and in Asia, working for government and non-government agencies and corporations at places ranging from Angkor, Cambodia to Sydney’s Luna Park. Richard has formerly served as Chair of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee, Chair of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee, heritage theme author for the 2011 and 2016 Commonwealth State of the Environment reports, non-Executive Director of the National Trust of Australia (NSW), Member of the NSW Heritage Council, inaugural Chair of the NSW State Heritage Register Committee, and Getty Conservation Scholar. Richard had been honoured with the inaugural ‘Sharon Sullivan Award’ for his contribution to Australia’s national heritage, a National Trust voluntary service medallion and Membership of the Order of Australia for services to archaeology and cultural heritage. Richard was the Chair of the Bid Committee for the successful Australia ICOMOS bid to host GA 2020.

Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon – NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment

Dr Caroline Butler-Bowdon is the Executive Director, Public Spaces in the new Place, Design and Public Spaces team at NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment where she leads a team of strategists, policy-makers, place-managers, landscape architects, project managers, planners and storytellers to improve and shine a spotlight on public space in NSW. She was before this, the Director, Strategy & Engagement at Sydney Living Museums. Spanning 20 years her career has been dedicated to cultural leadership that connects citizens and tourists to special places, the arts and heritage through a broad range of citywide public engagement programs, including festivals, exhibitions and books. She is a 2017 Churchill Fellow and completed her PhD on apartment living in Sydney in 2009

Michael Queale – Australia ICOMOS National Executive

Michael Queale, M ICOMOS, B Arch (Hons) Adel, M.Cult.Heritage, Deakin, is the current Secretary and a past Australian Vice-President of Australia ICOMOS. Michael is a registered architect with over twenty-five years of acknowledged expertise in heritage assessment, conservation, advocacy and planning policy, in Australia and abroad. He is currently Senior Heritage Conservation Architect at Heritage South Australia. Michael has been a past member of the South Australian Heritage Council and has practiced as a Heritage Adviser in both South Australia and Victoria. Michael also has overseas experience in cultural heritage management in Indonesia and Thailand. Michael was co-convenor of the recent Australia ICOMOS conference Fabric 2015. He has presented papers on adaptive reuse, heritage value, contextual design and heritage advisory service models.

Julian Siu – Youth Forum Convenor

Julian is an Associate and built heritage expert at GML Heritage. He is currently the Manager of Consulting at GML’s Victorian business, Context. Julian also sits on the Chinese Garden of Friendship Advisory Committee for Property NSW and on Australia ICOMOS’ National Executive Committee.

As an emerging professional in the heritage industry, Julian has over a decade’s experience in heritage assessment, management and enhancing public engagement in our culturally diverse heritage. He is a positive and energetic young leader, who has a passion for engaging with emerging professionals and inter-generational knowledge and skills sharing.

At GML+Context, he works on a diverse portfolio of development, urban regeneration, interpretation and conservation projects. He seeks opportunities to promote the heritage of a place in the context of change for major infrastructure, and the residential, transport, educational and healthcare sectors. He enjoys collaborating with design professionals, site owners, developers and industry organisations to deliver projects that balance heritage conservation and creative design responses with development outcomes.

Ian Kelly – Australia ICOMOS

Ian was a lecturer in architectural history, urban design and building conservation at the School of Architecture, Planning and Building, Curtin University, Perth (1985-93); He then worked as a Senior Heritage Officer at the newly established Heritage Council of Western Australia (1993-97).

Moving from Perth (WA) to Sydney (NSW) Ian took up the position of Principal Heritage Officer at the NSW Heritage Office (1997-2001). Later, Ian moved to the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) where he was progressively the Planning, Heritage and Urban Design Manager (2001-08); Director Darling Harbour (2009-11) and, finally, Director The Rocks and Circular Quay (2011-12). (The latter two positions having a focus on heritage and tourism precinct management.)

Since 2013 Ian has been a freelance heritage consultant, providing heritage advice to local government, educational colleges and private owners. He has also lectured on the preparation of Conservation Management Plans at the University of Sydney.

Dr Steve Brown – GA2020 Scientific Symposium Australian Co-chair

Steve Brown is an honorary associate with the Museum and Heritage Studies Program at the University of Sydney and teaches at the University of Canberra. His research interests include: the integration of ‘naturecultures’ in heritage management; the heritage of landscapes with the imprint of Indigenous and colonial settler intra-action; applied approaches to cultural landscapes, with particular reference to protected areas; conceptualising and operationalising place-attachment in heritage theory and practice; and the material culture of domestic homes and gardens.

Steve is the author of Cultural Landscapes: A Practical Guide for Park Management (2010) and co-editor of Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists (2015), Cultural and Spiritual Significance of Nature in Protected Areas: Governance, Management and Policy (2018), and a forthcoming Routledge volume – Handbook on Cultural Landscapes. He is a member of Australia ICOMOS and the immediate past-president of the ICOMOS/IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (2014-2017). He is also a member of the IUCN-WCPA Specialist Group on Cultural and Spiritual Values of Protected Areas and Specialist Group on Protected Landscapes.

For Steve, conferences and symposia are exciting opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues; to share learning from different knowledge, disciplinary, cultural and experiential perspectives; and to experience local, host nation culture and heritage. The value of such opportunities is inherently influenced by the structure, inclusivity and content of each symposium as a whole, each symposia stream and each session. In his view, they should maximise opportunities for participation by all attendees, genuinely engage with the theme and place of the symposium, and offer a diversity of formats (indoor-outdoor; panel discussions; round-table dialogues; opportunities for creative performance; as well as paper presentation sessions – and not be limited to the latter). Steve is excited to be working with the GA2020 team and all GA2020 Scientific Symposium participants to create an intellectually and social stimulating, diverse and memorable conference event.

Anne Warr – Australia ICOMOS

Anne Warr is a Registered Architect with post-graduate qualifications in Heritage Conservation from the University of York, UK, and a recently completed PhD from UNSW. For twenty years Anne worked for the NSW Government Architect’s Office, with ten of these years as Manager of the Heritage Group. From 2000 to 2002, Anne was Heritage Manager at the City of Sydney before moving to Shanghai, China, where she lived for 7 years. During this time Anne ran the China office of AJ+C Architects, taught Western Architecture at Tongji University, wrote an Architectural Guide to Shanghai (pub 2007 by Watermark Press) and started a tour guiding business, walkshanghai. Anne currently works as Director of Anne Warr Heritage Consulting (annewarr.com.au) from her office at Millers Point, NSW, where she undertakes heritage consultancy work, and heritage advocacy in her roles as Vice-President of SFAUDI (Sydney Forum for Architecture and Urban Design), committee member of SOS (Save our Sirius), and member of the Millers Point RAG (Resident Action Group).

Helen Wilson – GA2020 Sustainability Focal Point

Helen Wilson is the Secretary and expert member of ISCES+CC (International Scientific Council on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change), Co-Convener of NSCES Australia (National Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability and an expert member of CIVVIH (International Scientific Committee on Historic Towns and Villages). A Co-opted Member of the ICOMOS CCHWG (Climate Change and Heritage Working Group), Helen was copy editor for the publication ‘The Future of Our Pasts: Engaging cultural heritage in climate action’ presented at the 2019 World Heritage Committee. She served on the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee (2007-2012) and as Secretary from 2009. Helen was on the organising committee of the 2010 ICOMOS/TICCIH Conference in Broken Hill.

Whilst teaching architecture at Sydney University, she took a group of students to assist with studying and recording Vijayanagara, a C15th city in Karnataka India, now a World Heritage site. The principal of Helen Wilson Heritage Conservation Design, Helen has practiced as a heritage consultant for over 30 years and as a heritage advisor to country and metropolitan councils. Recently she worked as part of a City of Sydney heritage team reviewing Conservation Areas and then at the NSW Government Heritage Division reviewing conservation management plans for Millers Point. In 2010 she was awarded the Energy Australia Heritage Award, National Trust of Australia (NSW) for her conservation work to an 1869 villa, ‘Montrose’ in Glebe. Helen is looking forward to promoting and facilitating the sustainability agenda at GA2020 and working with the organising team to make the event as sustainable as possible.

Kylie Christian - GA2020 Side Events Focal Point

Kylie Christian is Principal Heritage Manager at WolfPeak Environment and Heritage and has over 20 years of heritage industry experience. She is currently President of Interpretation Australia (Australia’s Peak Body), Organising Committee Member of the Global Alliance for Heritage Interpretation and Heritage Advisor to Bathurst Regional Council. Apart from providing built heritage expertise to WolfPeak’s clientele, Kylie focuses on heritage interpretation as an emerging platform within the Australian heritage landscape. Creative solutions and holistic approaches are Kylie’s interpretive trademark. Kylie is also a professional photographer, a qualified historian, author, digital designer and a certified project manager.

Ian Innes - Sydney Living Museums

Ian Innes is the Director of Heritage and Collections with Sydney Living Museums where he is charged with the ongoing conservation and care of its portfolio of historic buildings, gardens, places and cultural collections. Originally trained in architecture and landscape architecture, Ian spent a large part of his career in the conservation and management of cultural landscapes including private estates, botanic gardens and public parks – including in senior roles at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Centennial Parklands. Since joining Sydney Living Museums in 2009 he has secured funding to implement a large capitalised maintenance program enabling the heritage assets to be preserved to a high standard. Sydney Living Museums puts a strong emphasis on its properties maintaining a contemporary relevance and cultural value – requiring careful balancing of conservation factors with the management of change to facilitate ongoing use and activation. Ian contributes to a lively ongoing debate about successfully achieving that balance.

Edwina Jans - GA2020 Functions and Protocol Focal Point

Edwina Jans is an archaeologist, museums and cultural heritage expert who is Head Heritage Communications and Development at MoAD, the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. A current member of the ACT Heritage Council, a Churchill Fellow and served on the Executive Committee of Australia ICOMOS from 2014-19. Edwina is a prominent member of the Australian heritage and collections sector, driving projects that engage communities and stakeholders in understanding, celebrating and conserving cultural heritage. She is a passionate advocate for the preservation of midcentury modern architecture, and is co-founder and creative director of Canberra Modern. This is an award-winning annual program of events that aims to highlight the significance of Canberra’s mid-century modern places and spaces and the need for their protection and appreciation.  She is an exhibiting feltmaker and past President of the Canberra Region Feltmakers. Edwina lives in Canberra with her husband and their cheeky mutt, Harry, and you can follow her on Instagram @heritagejunkie.

Jane Alexander - GA2020 Sponsorship Focal Point

Jane Alexander is a skilled heritage advocate with more than 19 years’ experience in private and community practice. Jane has worked on heritage properties, cultural landscapes and archaeological sites across Australia’s east coast, in both historic and Indigenous heritage. Her projects have been the recipients of National Trust of Australia (NSW) and (Queensland) Heritage Awards and ASHA Awards.
Jane is currently the Heritage Advocacy Manager for the National Trust of Australia (Queensland) where she develops strategic policy, lobbies government, brings media attention to heritage issues, educates community groups and prepares detailed submissions on development applications, planning policies and heritage legislation.
Jane has conveyed sessions at industry conferences and given countless heritage presentations, as well as well as regularly giving media interviews. Her reports have won multiple industry awards including National Trust Awards in QLD and NSW and the inaugural Judy Birmingham Award for Best Historical Archaeological Report in Australasia (ASHA).
Jane is currently on the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee and on the University of Queensland Professional Archaeology Advisory Group and was formerly the Australian expert member of IcoFORT (an ICOMOS International Scientific Committee). She was a member and former Chair of the National Trust (NSW) Industrial Heritage Committee.
Jane seeks to inspire communities and individuals to connect with their heritage and with each other through shared stories.