Youth Forum Committee

Julian Siu - GML Heritage Senior Associate

Julian Siu 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.

Michelle Bashta - Associate, Lovell Chen

Michelle Bashta is an Associate at Lovell Chen Architects and Heritage Consultants, based in Melbourne, having worked at the practice since 2015. Michelle is also the ICOMOS emerging professional representative on the Sydney GA Organising Committee. 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 professionals in Victoria (EPoCH Vic).

Michelle is also the graduate representative on the Deakin university Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Course Advisory Board and a member of the Built Heritage Committee of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria).

Caitlin D’Gluyas - Heritage Professional

Caitlin D’Gluyas is an early career heritage professional who is passionate about the role of emerging professionals in the future of heritage. She is currently a studying a PhD in historical archaeology at the University of New England and has previously worked across New South Wales and Victoria in archaeological consulting.

She sees the Youth Forum as an opportunity for the representation of diverse perspectives of young professional ICOMOS members and as a platform for engagement, discussion and developing potential outcomes to current heritage issues across the world. In recent years, she has developed a strong interest in engaging with other young professionals to mutually build skills, experiences and innovative practices, particularly in the field of archaeology.

Emma McGirr - Senior Consultant, Environment and Planning at Aurecon

Emma McGirr is a Senior Consultant within the Environment and Planning team at Aurecon, Sydney. Emma specialises in delivering heritage strategy, policy and urban planning advice tailored to historic sites, landscapes and urban precincts. Over six years in the industry, Emma has delivered heritage impact statements, heritage assessments, conservation management plans, strategic plans, local heritage studies and interpretation plans across a variety of highly significant sites.

Emma’s signature projects include the Rookwood Conservation Management Plan, Lloyd Rees House and Studio and the Northern Beaches Coast Walk Public Art Strategic Plan. Her experience includes a secondment with the NSW Heritage Division as a Senior Heritage Assessment Officer and in 2019 Emma was co-producer of the audio documentary ‘Carving up Country’ for ABC RN’s The History Listen. Her interests centre around urbanism, placemaking, cultural landscapes and 20th century heritage.

Bridget San Miguel - Archaeologist and Heritage Specialist

Bridget is an archaeologist and heritage specialist with Australian and international experience. In her current role working in heritage policy for the Australian Government she is reviewing the Australian Heritage Strategy, the key policy document guiding Australian heritage management. In addition, she is working to develop the Government’s approach to formulating Australia’s World Heritage Tentative List and establishing partnerships across the tourism and museum sectors. She has also provided advice to place managers and Commonwealth agencies on heritage management and regulation at Commonwealth, National and World heritage places.

Bridget’s industry experience includes historical, Aboriginal and Asia-Pacific archaeological assessment and fieldwork, historical research, cultural values assessment, and French translation. Her research interests include community archaeology, integrating contemporary cultural values into heritage management, review of current heritage practices, and improvements for public outreach and engagement in archaeology. She recently published a chapter in Transforming Heritage Practice in the 21st Century: Contributions from Community Archaeology (Springer), coauthored with Dr Matilda House, a Traditional Owner in the Canberra region. This work reflected on the effectiveness of heritage management practices in the Australian Capital Territory and the benefits of prioritising a community-based, stories-first approach to recording heritage significance.

Chrisia Ang - Heritage Consultant, Urbis

Chrisia Ang is a consultant within the Sydney Built Heritage team of Urbis. Chrisia holds qualifications in Archaeology, Art History, Cultural Heritage and Communications.

As an emerging heritage professional, Chrisia takes pride in applying a proactive approach in shaping and conserving the heritage of our cities and communities for future generations.

Through her role in heritage consulting, Chrisia strives to manage inevitable change by providing considered and well-informed heritage advice on the opportunities surrounding our built environment. Within her role at Urbis, Chrisia undertakes high-quality research, strategic design advice and heritage assessments to a variety of sites and sectors.

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Ethan Williams - Coordinator, Cultural Connections Initiative at National Museum of Australia

Ethan Williams is a descendant of Wiradjuri, Ngiyampaa, Bangerang and Paakantyi First Nations Peoples. He has a decade of professional experience, working with NSW communities to conserve cultural heritage and protection of cultural landscapes. Ethan is employed with Heritage NSW, Department of Premier and Cabinet as a Senior Heritage Operations Officer. His role involves facilitating First Nations Communities to repatriate Ancestors and working with communities to identify cultural values and sites, record and protect important places and items.

Ethan is also involved with the Indigenous Advisory Panel along with the Youth Forum Committee for ICOMOS 20th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium 2020.

Rebecca Hage - Media and Stakeholder Officer, Harbour Trust

Rebecca Hage is a Media and Stakeholder Officer at the Harbour Trust, helping create extraordinary places on the world’s best harbour. Through her work at the Harbour Trust, Rebecca strives to ensure a lasting legacy for all Australians, amplifying the rich stories of Harbour Trust lands through conservation, remediation and adaptive reuse.

Rebecca has worked for a variety of private, public and government organisations, dedicating her time to community engagement, PR and communications. Rebecca knows how to drive conversation and ensure meaningful conversation.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor Dress in Political and Behavioural Science from the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.