Organising Committee

Helen Lardner - Australia ICOMOS President

Helen Lardner is the Australia ICOMOS President, an ICOMOS World Heritage Advisor, member of ISC20C and a long standing, active ICOMOS member. A heritage architect, Helen is Chair of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority Conservation Advisory Committee and a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel. Helen is the director of HLCD Pty Ltd, established 1991, which is an award winning, innovative Australian heritage consultancy with a focus on high quality conservation and adaptive reuse of complex places.

Previously Helen was an expert member of the Australian Heritage Council, the Victorian Heritage Council and a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria. She is the Australian National Representative for TICCIH.

Helen is committed to ethical and collaborative, multi-disciplinary heritage practice. She is passionate about the environment and believes that appreciation of cultural diversity and shared values is strongly needed today.

Ian Travers - Past President Australia ICOMOS

Ian Travers specialises in archaeology, cultural values assessment and heritage management. His broad  experience, gained in the UK, Europe, the USA, and Australia, has included working closely with business analysts, tourism specialists, ecologists, landscape architects, engineers and agriculturalists, and other heritage professionals in the completion of complex projects. Ian has developed and led several large groundbreaking cultural heritage studies involving diverse clients, multidisciplinary teams and numerous community stakeholders.

Ian has particular expertise in the assessment of cultural values and significance-based management, and he has developed management plans for a wide variety of places. He is an experienced facilitator of community engagement with heritage and he has a long involvement with the City of Melbourne’s Aboriginal heritage programs. Ian is also experienced in the management and direction of archaeological excavations and complex conservation and restoration projects, including for sites of industrial heritage and heritage infrastructure. 

Ian has been the President Australia ICOMOS since 2016. During his tenure, the organisation’s new strategic plan has been completed, it has taken the lead in a number of high profile heritage campaigns and Ian has worked closely with state and federal governments and numerous other partner organisations to drive positive statutory and policy change for heritage across Australia.   

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.

Megan Smith – Department of the Environment and Energy

Megan Smith has been engaged in environment and heritage policy and practice for 20 years. Her expertise lies in working with partners on the connections between nature and culture in order to deliver best-practice outcomes. Currently Director of Historic Heritage in the Australian Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy, Megan provides strategic direction and policy advice for historic heritage matters nationally, including on effective management of the cultural heritage values of World, National and Commonwealth heritage listed places. Megan’s recent work centred on protected area policy and Australia’s National Reserve System, with a special focus on Indigenous Protected Areas.  She is currently focussing on strengthening the recognition, understanding and engagement of Australians with their historic and Indigenous cultural heritage. Megan holds Arts and Science degrees from the Australian National University. 

David Williams – Department of the Environment and Energy

David Williams has been the Assistant Secretary of the Heritage Branch in the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy since June 2017. Prior to that he filled a number of Senior Executive Service positions across the Department since 2012, and before that he was Chief of Staff to a Commonwealth Ministers across different portfolios, and to Parliamentary Office-Holders, for a period of some 23 years. David attended university in Sydney and London studying social policy and criminology.

Peter Phillips – ICOMOS International

Peter Phillips is the Secretary General of ICOMOS. He was previously a Vice-President of ICOMOS, and is also a past President of Australia ICOMOS. In his spare time he is the principal of Orwell & Peter Phillips, an architectural practice that has been active in building conservation since the 1950s. Peter has degrees in architecture and building science from the University of Sydney, and lectures on conservation and heritage to post-graduate students in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney. He has undertaken conservation work on some of Australia’s most significant sites, including Fort Denison, the Australian Museum and Sydney Customs House, as well as several properties in The Rocks and Millers Point and a number of historic railway stations. He has served as a heritage adviser to government at local, State and Commonwealth levels. In 2011 Peter was made a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects for his contribution to architectural conservation.

Tony Smith – City of Sydney

Tony Smith, B.Arch (UTS) is the Urban Design and Heritage Manager in the Planning Assessments Unit at the City of Sydney. He grew up in the historic city of Parramatta in NSW and lives in Sydney. Tony is an architect and has worked in heritage conservation in Sydney architectural practices including Howard Tanner & Associates (now TKD), Clive Lucas, Stapleton & Partners and Suters Architects. He has worked on heritage places including Sydney GPO, Sydney Town Hall, Rookwood Necropolis and Walsh Bay.

Tony has worked at the City of Sydney since 2002 and manages a multi-disciplinary team that advises the planning team and other stakeholders on heritage, urban design and landscape design. He is also responsible for the City’s comprehensive physical and electronic models. Travelling to learn from ICOMOS world heritage sites is a particular passion and recent trips have included Borobudur, Havana, Tallinn and Kronborg Castle at Helsingør.

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.

Michelle Bashta – ICOMOS Young Professional

Michelle Bashta is the ICOMOS emerging professional representative on the Sydney GA Organising Committee. Michelle has been working at Lovell Chen Architects and Heritage Consultants, based in Melbourne, since October 2015 and was appointed as an Associate in 2018. In her role at Lovell Chen Michelle undertakes historic research, heritage assessments, policy analysis and client liaison. She has worked on a number of major heritage buildings include Flinders Street Station, the Melbourne GPO and Queen Victoria Market.

Michelle is heavily involved with emerging professionals in the heritage field, including co-founding an organisation for Emerging Heritage Professional in Victoria (EHP Vic). In this role she has organised a number of events including the Unsettling Heritage Symposium in September 2018. This symposium provided a platform for young and emerging practitioners and researchers to present papers in a supportive and open environment.

Michelle is also the graduate member on the Deakin university Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Course Advisory Board, a member of the Built Heritage Committee of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) and a member of the Employment and Professional Development Committee of the Professional Historians Association (Vic & Tas).

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 ( 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).

Jane Holden – Heritage NSW, Department of Premier and Cabinet

Jane Holden is the Director of Heritage Strategy in Heritage NSW. Jane has primary responsibility for developing and implementing policy and strategic advice on heritage including Aboriginal cultural heritage and historic heritage.  Jane oversees the heritage grants program, the Heritage Near Me program, the secretariat for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee (ACHAC) and the Heritage Council, the ACH strategy team, the heritage strategy team, and communications and engagement. Jane is a very experienced public servant and lawyer with a career spanning government and the private sector. Jane’s expertise includes policy, law, strategy, governance and operations across national parks, environment, climate change and heritage. In the NSW Government, Jane has held roles including Principal Legal Officer, Director Climate Change Air and Noise, Director Ministerial Services Branch and Director Policy. Jane holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Law and a Masters of Law

Tanya Koeneman – NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment

Tanya Koeneman is a proud descendant of the La Perouse Aboriginal community, and Co-Chair of the GA2020 Indigenous Advisory Panel. Tanya is the Director, Aboriginal Strategy and Outcomes at NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, where she contributes to best practice strategic land use planning and management in New South Wales, particularly as it relates to improved economic development of Aboriginal communities and the promotion and protection of Aboriginal culture and heritage.

Tanya was formerly Senior Team Leader in the Heritage Division, Office of Environment and Heritage, with responsibility for state-wide coordination of Aboriginal heritage listings on the State Heritage Register an Aboriginal Place listings under the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Act. Tanya also co-ordinated Aboriginal Heritage funding within the NSW Heritage Incentives Program and served on the Aboriginal Heritage Advisory Panel for the NSW Heritage Council.