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 2017, 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.
Jennifer Moles, Chair
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.
Prof Andrew May, Deputy Chair, History 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.
Margaret Baird, Urban or Regional Planning Member
Margaret has over 37 years’ experience in town and regional planning spanning State government, local government and the private sector. She has broad professional knowledge of heritage planning, legislation and practice. Margaret has served as a Member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal for over 22 years and is currently Deputy Head of the Planning and Environment List. She is also a current Member of the Victorian Geographic Place Names Advisory Panel and Tasmanian Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal. She has previously been a Member of Planning Panels Victoria.
Rueben Berg, Aboriginal person with relevant experience and knowledge of cultural heritage
Rueben is a proud Gunditjmara man and the Council’s first Aboriginal person member pursuant to s.10 (2) (d) of the Heritage Act 2017. He has a broad professional background including roles in government, on a variety of boards and as a facilitator and mediator. Ruben has an academic background in architecture and brings an Indigenous perspective on architecture and cultural heritage to the Council.
Patrick Doyle, Planning Law 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.
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).
Louise Honman, Architectural conservation/Architectural history 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.
Justin Naylor, Financial Management Member
Justin is the Manager of Finance and Operations at METIER3 Architects, a design-focused company with a reputation for the delivery of outstanding commercial and institutional architecture. Significant achievements include the National Gallery of Victoria (International), University of Melbourne Economics and Commerce Building, 717 Bourke Street and St James Plaza redevelopment.
Jeffrey Robinson, 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.
Natica Schmeder, 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.
ALTERNATE HERITAGE COUNCIL MEMBERS
Dr Mark Burgess, Alternate Financial Management Member
Mark Burgess has over 30 years leadership experience in Australia’s building and construction sector, with roles in both government and private industry. He actively supports the sector through roles on the Council of Standards Australia and the National Construction Code’s Building Codes Committee. Mark’s technical background in fire safety is supported by an MBA and PhD in business, with research focused on the influence of public participation in setting regulation.
Adrian Finanzio SC, GAICD, Alternate Heritage Law Member
Adrian has practiced extensively in the field of planning, environment and heritage related matters for 25 years. Adrian became a member of the Victorian Bar in 1998 and took silk in 2012. He served as a member of the Board of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association for 12 years, including as Vice President for six years. He is presently a member of the Victorian Bar Council and Deputy Chair of Barristers’ Chambers Limited. Adrian has served on the Board of the Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee (the insurer of the legal profession) since 2015. Adrian is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves, and has served, as a non-executive and executive director on boards over the last 10 years. Adrian has taught at Monash University and continues to teach at the University of Melbourne in the field of planning and environmental law at graduate and undergraduate level.
Anna Foley, Alternate National Trust Member
Jo Guard, Alternate Urban or Regional Planning Member
Joanne Guard is an experienced cultural heritage professional with qualifications in heritage conservation. Ms Guard previously worked for Heritage Victoria and has experience in dealing with large, complex heritage sites. She has a demonstrated understanding, expertise, and interest in Victoria’s heritage and extensive knowledge of the listings and approvals process for state registered properties.
David Hogg, Alternate Engineering/Building Construction Member
David Hogg has extensive experience as a consulting structural engineer working with a wide range of heritage buildings and structures over more than 25 years. Projects have ranged from small monuments and unique structures to large institutional, industrial and public buildings and structures. David is currently a Director of Quatrefoil Consulting a small structural consulting firm where his time is split approximately equally between investigation into building defects, integration of new structure within existing building, remediation of structures and structural design of new buildings.
Jamie Lowe, Alternate member, Aboriginal person with relevant experience and knowledge of cultural heritage
Jamie Lowe is a Djab Wurrung man of the Eastern Maar Nation and the Council’s first Aboriginal person alternate member pursuant to s.10(2)(d) and clause 4 of schedule 1 of the Heritage Act 2017. Jamie has extensive experience in native title and cultural heritage management, including in his current role as CEO of the Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation and Chair of the National Native Title Council.
Dr Karen Murphy, Alternate Archaeology 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.
Dr Christine Phillips, Alternate Architectural conservation/Architectural history 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.
Maggi Solly, Alternate General Member
Maggi Solly is an experienced leader in the museums, galleries and the cultural heritage sector. She has had extensive experience in museums and galleries development and management both in Australia and the United Kingdom. She is currently Chair of the Museums Accreditation Committee with Museums Australia Victoria.