Secretariat

Executive Officer – Heritage Council (Until 30 November 2018) – Damien Welch

Damien joined the Heritage Council Secretariat as Hearings Coordinator in 2014. He has qualifications in law and education. Damien currently manages the Secretariat team and is responsible for the oversight of all day to day operations and governance of the Council, working with the Chair and members to ensure the delivery of the Council’s statutory obligations, co-ordinate project and policy discussions and provide high-level strategic and policy advice.

Executive Officer – Heritage Council (Currently on maternity leave) – Rhonda McLaren

Rhonda has worked in cultural heritage management in New Zealand, the UK and Australia and has a specialist background in maritime archaeology. Rhonda joined the Secretariat as Hearings Manager in February 2014, overseeing Heritage Council meetings and hearings, providing high-level support and advice to the Permit and Registration Committees and contributing to the development and implementation of policies and strategic projects.

Hearings Coordinator – Megan Rowland

Megan joined the Heritage Council Secretariat as Hearings Coordinator in 2017. She has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom, and has qualifications in archaeology, cultural heritage and museum practice, and collections management law. Megan is responsible for overseeing Heritage Council hearings and meetings, providing high-level support and advice to the Registrations and Reviews Committee and contributing to the development and implementation of policies and strategic projects.

Stakeholder Relations – Kerry Taylor

Kerry has more than 16 years communications experience in Australia and the United Kingdom. She has a broad range of experience including media relations, event management, government relations and issues/crisis management. In her current role she is responsible for stakeholder relations and communications for the Heritage Council of Victoria.

Senior Project Officer – Michelle Glynn

Michelle joined the Secretariat in 2017 following an extensive career in the publishing industry. She has qualifications in archaeology, publishing and editing, and high-level project management and business operations skills through her work at Lonely Planet, Penguin Random House and Pearson. Michelle is responsible for managing Heritage Council strategic projects and contributing to the development and communication of Council initiatives.

Heritage Support Officer – Bethany Sproal

Bethany has worked in cultural heritage management in Victoria for a number of years, specialising in historic archaeology. She joined the Secretariat in 2016 and provides high-level support and advice to Heritage Council members and the Secretariat, including coordinating the organisation of Heritage Council meetings and hearings and contributing to the development and implementation of policies and strategic projects.