The Heritage Council of Victoria is an independent statutory body appointed by the Governor-in-Council. This expert group has a broad range of functions under the Heritage Act 1995, including deciding which places and objects are added to the Victorian Heritage Register. Members represent a broad cross-section of heritage specialists and the community. They include representatives from professions as diverse as archaeology, history, architectural conservation/architectural history, engineering or building construction, property management and planning law.
Prof Stuart Macintyre AO, Chair
Professor Stuart Macintyre has a demonstrated understanding, expertise and interest in Victoria’s heritage and extensive experience as a historian. He is the former Dean of Arts at the University of Melbourne and was President of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia from 2007 to 2009.
Lindsay Merritt, Property Management Member/Deputy Chair
Lindsay Merritt has 36 years experience as a senior officer in local government, including 19 years as Chief Executive of regional city, metropolitan inner/middle and metropolitan growth area municipalities. He holds formal qualifications in town and regional planning, civil engineering and municipal engineering and has substantial experience with Local Government’s role as custodian of various heritage places and objects.
Prof Andrew May, Historian Member
Professor Andrew May has published widely on the social experience of the Australian city, its public spaces and communal rituals. As Director of the Encyclopaedia of Melbourne he guided that project’s development from the mid 1990s to its publication by Cambridge University Press in 2005.
Paul Coffey, Engineering/Building Construction Member
Paul Coffey has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of building / construction and architecture, and has overseen the development of a wide range of relevant projects. Mr Coffey is currently a Director of Paul Coffey Architecture Pty Ltd.
Louise Honman, Architect Member
Louise Honman is a registered architect with over 25 years experience in heritage assessment and management. She currently works as a director of Context Pty Ltd – a heritage consultancy.
Juliette Halliday, Lawyer Member
Juliette Halliday has over 10 years experience practising planning, environmental and heritage law in both the public and private sectors. Her experience includes working at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, co-managing the Land Acquisition, Planning and Environment Team.
Robin Crocker, National Trust Member
Robin Crocker has over 30 years of experience working in the planning, management and interpretation of natural areas and historic places, both within government organisations and as a consultant. He is a sessional member for Planning Panels Victoria and a member of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). Mr Crocker also has significant knowledge and expertise in the area of landscape assessment and management, and has visited numerous overseas heritage sites.
Megan Goulding, Archaeology Member
Megan Goulding is the CEO and Principal Heritage Adviser for Ochre Imprints. Ms Goulding has expertise in Indigenous cultural heritage management and historical archaeology. Ms Goulding has more than 30 years of experience in cultural heritage management having previously worked in Victorian government heritage agencies, private practice and for Indigenous organisations. Ms Goulding is also a sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Tony Darvall, General Member
Tony Darvall has recognised skills in planning law. A former partner of law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth, he is currently the Deputy Chair of the Linking Melbourne Authority. He served as the founding Chairman of VicUrban for seven years and as Chairman of the Werribee Park Advisory Board.
Trish Vejby, General Member
Patricia (Trish) Vejby has previously held Board positions which include a member of the Board of Directors, Manor Court Aged Care Hostel for over 15 years (Life Governor), Commissioner to Board of the Legal Aid Commission of Victoria, and Director, Royal Victorian Association of Honorary Justices Board. She is a long-time resident of the western suburbs and is currently a Justice of the Peace and is a founding Chairperson of the Royal Victorian Association Honorary Justices, Wyndham Branch. Memberships include Australian Institute of Company Directors, Biznet Wyndham, Women’s Health Service Western Region, the Swedish Church Abroad, Melbourne and is involved in various community activities. Trish also enjoys her role as a Civil Celebrant/ Commonwealth Authorised Marriage Celebrant.
ALTERNATE HERITAGE COUNCIL MEMBERS
Leigh Mackay, Alternate Property Manager Member
Leigh Mackay has particular experience with the management of Church assets. Between 1995 and 2001 she served as the Registrar of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. She has served as the Lay Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral for the past seven years.
Garrie Hutchinson, Alternate Historian Member
Garrie Hutchinson is a Melbourne writer who has published more than 30 books on a wide range of Australian cultural topics, from literature and sport to military history and heritage. He has extensive experience as a journalist, and as speechwriter at Federal and State levels.
Recent books include ‘In Memoriam: The History & Heritage of Victoria’s Cemeteries’ (2014) , ‘Remember Them: A Guide to Victoria’s Wartime Heritage’ (2009), and the Anzac Pilgrimage books – ‘A Traveller’s Guide to Australia’s Battlefields’ (2006) and ‘A Traveller’s Guide to New Zealanders in Two World Wars’ (2012). His military history blog, Remember Them is at www.garriehutchinson.com
Garrie lectures in the Master of Communications program at RMIT University, and is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, undertaking a detailed study of the soldiers and civilians who sailed to the First World War on the Orvieto, the flagship of the first convoy, in October 1914.
Jeffrey Robinson, Alternate Engineering/Building Construction Member
Jeffrey Robinson from Aurecon has a degree in engineering and extensive experience in the design of sustainable buildings and the sustainability of heritage buildings.
Dr Christine Phillips, Alternate Heritage/conservation architect Member
Christine Phillips is a registered architect, lecturer and writer. She is a director of award-winning practice OpenHAUS and co-hosted RRR’s ‘The Architects’ radio show from 2009-2014. With a PhD in Architectural History, Dr Phillips is a lecturer at RMIT University’s Architecture Program with a particular interest in Australian architectural design and history. She is actively involved in bringing architecture to the public realm through her ongoing contribution to media, publications, exhibitions and practice.
Patrick Doyle, Alternate Lawyer Member
Patrick Doyle is a lawyer practicing in the fields of planning, environment and heritage. Patrick works with boutique firm TP Legal. Between 2013 and 2016 he also served as Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Planning and Local Government Committee. Patrick holds a Master of Public and International Law, with a focus on environment and heritage. In 2012-2013 Patrick completed an internship with UNESCO in Havana, Cuba.
Natica Schmeder, Alternate National Trust Member
Natica Schmeder is an architectural historian and buildings conservator with a demonstrated understanding, expertise and interest in Victoria’s heritage. She is an Associate with Context, a cultural heritage consultancy. Ms Schmeder’s expertise is in the assessment of cultural heritage significance of built heritage places and the physical analysis of building fabric. She has a particular interest in the conservation of building materials, and is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne where she tutors and lectures on material conservation subjects. Ms Schmeder is a member of the National Trust, where she has been the Chair of the Built Environment Committee, and Australia ICOMOS, where she served on the Executive Committee and helped roll out a heritage mentoring program in Victoria.
Dr Karen Murphy, Alternate Archaeologist Member
Karen Murphy has extensive experience in historical archaeology and cultural heritage management. Dr Murphy is a Historical Heritage Technical Leader for Jacobs Group and is an experienced practitioner with a PhD in historical archaeology. Dr Murphy has relevant skills in the development of policy and guidelines for cultural heritage legislation and strong understanding of archaeological projects.
Penelope Smith, Alternate General Member
Lucinda Peterson, Alternate General Member
Lucinda Peterson is an urban and regional Planner with 20 years’ experience in the local government sector in metropolitan, regional and rural Councils, holding executive management positions in planning and environment portfolios. She served on the Local Government Heritage Advisory Committee of the Heritage Council from 2008-2013 and has extensive experience in heritage planning. She has been a Sessional Member with Planning Panels Victoria since 2013 and is Director of The Planning Connection, based in south west Victoria. Lucinda is a full Member of the Planning Institute of Australia and Member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association.
Jennifer Moles, Alternate General Member
Jenny Moles has over 40 years experience in planning, principally in state government positions. She has also worked for private consultancies and a firm of lawyers. She was a VCAT member for 12 years and a full time Senior Panel Member at Planning Panels Victoria for 10 years. She is currently a Senior Sessional Member of Planning Panels Victoria. Jenny has written extensively on heritage in the context of VCAT and Panel reports and was chair of the Advisory Committee which conducted a comprehensive Review of Heritage Provisions in Planning Schemes in 2007.