Madeline Shanahan

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When I hold an artefact like a comb, key or toy in my hand, or touch the texture of convict dressed stone, I feel connected to people of the past, and to their everyday lived experiences. For me, that is the power of archaeology. Being able to share the stories of people long since gone is a part of my job that I cherish.

Dr Madeline Shanahan, GML Associate and Archaeology Manager, has over 10 years’ experience as a professional archaeologist and historian. She also holds a PhD in Archaeology from University College Dublin and a First Class Honours degree in Historical Archaeology from the University of Sydney.

Madeline has worked as a heritage consultant in Dublin, Melbourne and Sydney. She is an experienced field archaeologist and has authored numerous heritage reports and archaeological assessments. Madeline also has extensive experience in Aboriginal history, cultural heritage and Native Title research, and is highly skilled in the area of community consultation.

As GML’s Archaeology Manager, Madeline is responsible for the overall management of the archaeology team, including the development of best practice methodologies in archaeological and heritage management, research and practice. She plays a pivotal role in client relationship building and community consultation, and draws on her experience to develop internal policy and procedures related to archaeological matters.

Madeline is an active researcher. She has authored a book and a range of peer-reviewed articles and regularly speaks at national and international conferences. She is an Honorary Associate with the Archaeology Department at La Trobe University and is an Associate Investigator with the Australian Research Council’s Centre for Excellence in the History of Emotions. Her research interests relate to food and cookery, recipe books, women’s history and domestic space.

Catherine Macarthur

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Catherine Macarthur, Associate, is a registered Architect with a focus on heritage and conservation. Catherine believes conserving the increasingly rare and valuable heritage of our community provides more meaningful and enjoyable built environments for future generations, in the context of quality contemporary design. She enjoys making a difference in an ever evolving cultural landscape.

With a diverse career in the heritage field and architectural design, Catherine has worked in the three tiers of government as well as the private sector. For state agency clients she has provided strategic asset management and maintenance advice on state significant heritage places, such as Sydney Hospital, Gladesville Hospital complex, Millers Point, Observatory Hill and NSW Schools. Catherine is highly experienced in providing design advice, statutory guidance, and clarity in the complex heritage legislative framework of local council LEP provisions and the NSW Heritage Act, as well as hands-on technical conservation work on site.

As the primary consultant, who can coordinate a range of specialists, Catherine believes that the best results are achieved through early and collaborative consultation with developers and the community.

More recently she also has experience in urban design review for government, facility planning, education masterplans, and providing valuable expertise/liaison for major clients in sensitive locations.

Shelley James

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Understanding our heritage helps us to shape our communities. Heritage can be central to creating urban environments that are resilient and sustainable.

Shelley James, GML Associate, has over 17 years of extensive experience in the environmental heritage field in Australia, working in both the private and public sectors in a broad range of roles. She has developed a strong working knowledge of local, state and Commonwealth environment and heritage legislation and its implementation, and has been responsible for administering the heritage program for Defence, the largest and most active Commonwealth property owner. Shelley specialises in Commonwealth administration of the heritage provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Shelley brings to GML her wide range of skills in areas such as multidisciplinary research management, site interpretation, heritage management, and environmental impact studies and assessment. Shelley has strong project management expertise which includes budget setting and tracking, team coordination, delivery of project management training, scheduling and stakeholder liaison, with demonstrated experience in a range of complex government and corporate projects.

Shelley has worked as Senior Heritage Conservation Officer with the former Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Heritage, the Assistant Director of Defence Heritage and Biodiversity Conservation, Assistant to the Senior Curator at the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and as a Principal Consultant with Environmental Resources Management Australia Pty Ltd (ERM).

Catherine Forbes

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I believe we can learn a lot from the past—particularly about sustainability, appropriate design for climate and place, efficient and effective use of resources, what works and what doesn’t work. The lessons are invaluable as we look to the future.

Catherine Forbes, GML Senior Associate and Built Heritage Specialist, is an architect with over 25 years’ experience in heritage conservation. Her expertise lies in analysing historic buildings, sites and urban precincts (including interiors and landscapes), preparing appropriate guidelines for their conservation, adaptation and management, and disaster risk management planning for cultural heritage.

Catherine has excellent knowledge of traditional construction materials and technologies, complemented by lengthy experience of issues associated with their conservation and management. She has carried out conservation works to many historic buildings; created adaptive reuse solutions; and designed sympathetic alterations and additions to existing buildings and new buildings for historic sites, applying the sustainability principles that lie at the core of her approach. Throughout her career, Catherine has worked in complex multidisciplinary environments, requiring consultation with stakeholder groups and local communities, and negotiation with authorities at all levels of government.

Prior to joining GML, Catherine worked in some of Australia’s leading heritage architecture firms. In 2014, Catherine undertook specialist training in Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto.

Claire Nunez

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I’m interested in the ongoing connection between people and place. Heritage for me is about people, their stories and how they have shaped our world—it’s a living thing, always evolving, never static.

Claire Nunez is the Manager of the Heritage Places team at GML. She has extensive experience working on heritage assessments, management planning documents and liaising with a wide variety of stakeholders including Australian federal and state government agencies, as well as international organisations, community groups and industry representatives.

Prior to joining GML, Claire was an Assistant Director in the Heritage Branch at the Commonwealth Department of Environment. She brings expert knowledge of statutory bodies, public authorities and government processes to GML, as well as an in-depth understanding of government heritage programs and policy. In addition, she has expertise in world, national and Commonwealth heritage matters and the application of the Environment, Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Claire’s superior management skills, approachable manner and hands-on experience as a conservator make her a valued member of the GML team and an active, enthusiastic Manager of the Heritage Places team.

Martin Rowney

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Working with Aboriginal communities to assess and manage heritage places is a privileged and enjoyable part of my work.

Martin Rowney, GML Heritage Senior Associate and Archaeologist, has a broad range of experience in historical, industrial and Aboriginal archaeological sites around Australia.

He has over 20 years’ experience in development related site assessment, archaeological excavation and heritage management planning, with a particular emphasis on liaison with Aboriginal stakeholders. Martin has worked with Commonwealth and state government agencies assessing and managing Indigenous heritage values under the EPBC Act including a wide range of Aboriginal community consultation projects. He has prepared a number of policy and guideline documents for Commonwealth and state government agencies to assist with Aboriginal community consultation.

Martin’s skills include project management, client liaison, excavation supervision, planning and surveying supervision, report production, background research and plan preparation. Martin also has a strong interest in heritage site interpretation and the development of place specific artwork.

Jyoti Somerville

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‘Why is it so?’ The many answers to this question underlie the heritage consultant’s work. By understanding the historical background, architectural character, structure, detailing and materials, an account of the past can be reconstructed to inform the present and future. For our present and future achievements stand or fall on our understanding of our past.

Jyoti Somerville, GML Heritage Associate, is an architectural conservation expert with over 30 years’ experience in built heritage conservation. Her expertise is focused on heritage assessments and conservation policies for buildings and their settings, ranging from large complex sites to individual buildings.

Jyoti specialises in nineteenth to late twentieth-century architectural heritage; groups of buildings and their settings; and the conservation of complex sites in urban and regional areas. She has a proven track record working with statutory bodies and public authorities to develop and resolve heritage issues and challenges. Jyoti’s work encompasses ‘hands-on’ conservation including condition assessments and scheduling of works for repair/restoration and adaptation of public, private and institutional buildings and sites.

Jyoti has acted as a heritage adviser and trainer for local government and she has held a number of key positions in the heritage industry including Vice President of Australia ICOMOS.