Member Profiles

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.







Callum Fraser, Architect Member

Callum Fraser is director of the prominent Melbourne firm Elenberg Fraser. He has a personal interest in fusing the aesthetics of architecture with advanced research into scientific technology. He is a registered architect and previous Chapter Councillor of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA).







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.







Dr Ursula de Jong, National Trust Member

Dr Ursula de Jong is Senior Lecturer in art and architectural history, School of Architecture and Building, Deakin University, where she chairs the history/theory discipline and is Higher Degree by Research Coordinator.  Ursula is an architectural historian who has specialised in nineteenth century architectural history, particularly the work of architect William Wardell [1823-1899]. Having recently published the book William Wardell and Genazzano FCJ College (2009), she is now working on a full length biography of Wardell.  She is also a Director of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), and Chair of the Trust’s Cultural Heritage Committee. She has had considerable involvement in the creation of the Point Nepean National Park and is President of the Nepean Conservation Group Inc.







Dr Anita Smith, Archaeology Member

Dr Anita Smith is a consultant archaeologist. She has had extensive experience in archaeology and heritage at state, national and international levels and was a member of the Australian delegation to the World Heritage Committee.







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









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 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
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.







Max Chester OAM, Alternate Engineering/Building Construction Member

Max Chester has had a long career as a practicing architect and has built up an expertise, particularly in the design and construction of school buildings. His school buildings reflect the changing role in education, from the authoritative role of the teacher to one of cooperative creativity with the students. He has built nine churches and is currently involved in his fifth mosque. Max worked alongside some of the important post-war architects in Victoria and has a strong interest in military history and culture.

Max has served a number of organisations over the years – a former Board Member, Austin Hospital Heidelberg, a City Councillor, Member of the Victorian Building Commission, Secretary of the Order of Australia Association, and the Commonwealth Schools Commission. He received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2000 for his service to the Community, particularly through the Rotary Club of Heidelberg, to local government, and to architecture. He was made a Paul Harris Fellow, for his service to Rotary International.







Louise Honman, Alternate Heritage/conservation 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.







Patrick Doyle, Alternate Lawyer Member

Patrick Doyle has many years’ experience practicing as a lawyer in the fields of planning, environment and heritage, and currently works with a small firm, TP Legal. Since 2013 he has also been the Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria Planning and Local Government Committee. Patrick holds of Master of Public and International Law, and has completed an internship with UNESCO.







Bryn Davies, Alternate National Trust Member

Bryn Davies has worked across public policy in government and private practice for more than 15 years, including justice, social policy, environment, heritage, planning and Indigenous affairs.  He has experience in landscape, environmental and community planning in Victoria, Tasmania and nationally.  Bryn has been a member of National Trust’s Landscapes Committee since 2006 and is a current member of the National Trust Board’s Cultural Heritage Committee.  He has particular experience working with Aboriginal communities to manage their heritage places and has worked with the Office of Aboriginal Affairs in the State Government and is a past Senior Advisor to the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council.







Oona Nicolson, Alternate Archaeologist Member

Oona Nicolson is a Director and the Principal Heritage Advisor at Ecology and Heritage Partners Pty Ltd. She is a heritage specialist with over 18 years experience in the archaeological consulting sector. Her experience is extensive and covers a wide range of industries including mining, property, infrastructure, and large linear projects. Oona regularly appears before various courts and independent panels as an Expert Witness in the areas of Aboriginal and historical heritage.  Oona is well known in the Australian consulting industry for her passion for ensuring consulting archaeology is professional and viewed as a real career option. She has been active nationally and in Victoria and New South Wales with the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI), serving as a past National President and chairing the state chapter in Victoria. She is the current AACAI National Secretary, serves on the Membership Committee and is the current Victorian Treasurer.







Penelope Smith, Alternate General Member

Penelope Smith has particular expertise in town planning and has worked for over 16 years in the private and public sectors. She is a former Senior Adviser with the Office of the Minister for Planning and is currently an associate director at Fulcrum Planning.







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 has been a full time Senior Panel Member at Planning Panels Victoria for more than eight years.  She 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.