Consultants

Annabelle Tanuwidjojo

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Fluid, dynamic and flexible, heritage places can coexist with innovative architecture for striking design, world-class sustainability outcomes and public engagement with a site’s past and future. I’m interested in how heritage conservation, interpretation and adaptive re-use can help build the cities of tomorrow.

Annabelle Tanuwidjojo, Graduate Consultant, has a background in interior architecture, museums and heritage. Annabelle holds a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, having completed her dissertation on adaptive re-use and the interpretation of house museums. She is also currently undertaking a Master of Heritage Conservation, with a focus on the revival of heritage buildings into contemporary uses.

Through her tertiary education and industry experience, Annabelle has developed skills in heritage significance assessments and the production of heritage impact statements and conservation management plans. In addition to her experience working with cultural heritage institutions, such as the National Trust of Australia and Sydney Living Museums, Annabelle was a contributing editor of the abstracts of the 2016 ICOMOS International Scientific Symposium Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Istanbul. She also has an interest in World Heritage management and interpretation.

Since joining GML, Annabelle has supported the Heritage Places team by undertaking the role of GML Proposals Coordinator.

Sophie Jennings

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Sophie Jennings is a Heritage Consultant at GML Heritage. She holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology from the University of Sydney, with Honours in Archaeology from the University of Western Australia. She has eight years of experience working in the heritage sector, and has undertaken archaeological projects in both Australia and England.

Prior to joining GML Sophie worked for several years in London, gaining experience in undertaking archaeological impact assessments for major commercial, industrial and residential developments across the city and south-east England. This experience made her a skilled field archaeologist, as she worked on a range of urban and rural excavations dating from the Bronze Age through to the Tudor period. Sophie is also skilled in Aboriginal archaeology, having undertaken the planning and management of heritage surveys in Western Australia. In addition to the technical aspects of the role, this involved Aboriginal community liaison and managing a range of stakeholders from both government and private sectors.

Lara Tooby

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I’m interested in how heritage can be utilised to understand human history whilst reinforcing ongoing cultural meaning within contemporary communities. The diverse insights enabled through cultural heritage conservation may have substantial value not only for the present, but for the future.

Lara Tooby, GML Heritage Graduate Consultant, holds a Bachelor of Arts with Archaeology Honours from the University of Sydney.

Over the course of her tertiary education and industry experience, Lara has developed skills in archaeological excavation, anthropological and historical research, stone artefact identification, site recording and artefact processing. She has had experience working on both Aboriginal and historical archaeological sites. In February 2017 Lara participated in the University of Sydney’s excavations at Pella in Jordan.

As part of her Honours dissertation Lara investigated the shell mounds at Ballina within a holistic landscape history. Lara was able to demonstrate that the mounds were extremely significant in the cultural landscape of the Ballina region. Her research found that the middens were continuously used for over 2000 years and were central to the society and beliefs of Aboriginal people.

Lara has undertaken contract work for GML since 2014, and joined the GML team as a Graduate Consultant in October 2016. Key GML projects Lara has worked on include West Dapto, St Marys Central Precinct, Wynyard Walk, Carabella Street in Kirribilli and Mays Hill Precinct in Parramatta. As part of these projects Lara has helped the Archaeology Team with Aboriginal excavations, due diligence assessments and post excavation works such as artefact processing, analysis, photography and reporting.

Anna Simanowsky

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Anna Simanowsky, GML Senior Heritage Consultant, is a registered architect. Her qualifications and experience give her a thorough understanding of the opportunities and challenges of working with heritage listed buildings. She has well developed knowledge of how to achieve a successful project outcome that meets both client needs and heritage requirements.

With over 15 years’ experience as a practising architect, the focus of Anna’s work has been on existing buildings, including adaptive re-use. Anna has worked on projects involving restoration and refurbishment, as well as the upgrading of buildings to meet current access and services requirements. Anna’s projects have included a range of educational, cultural, private and commercial buildings, including some of Sydney’s most prestigious heritage places.

Anna’s work at GML has involved the provision of heritage advice and the assessment of heritage impact for a range of projects, from minor additions to large scale commercial developments.

Anna’s heritage interests focus on practical implementation of conservation practice, and the integration of heritage with modern day uses.

 

Melissa Moritz

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You can learn as much about our heritage from archaeology and buildings as you can from history books. I love being able to uncover and share these hidden stories.

Melissa Moritz, Graduate Consultant, recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of Sydney. Melissa has a background in archaeology, museum, heritage studies and anthropology. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) from La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Melissa has developed an understanding of heritage planning legislation at federal, state and local levels.  She has applied her research and writing skills to assist in the production of heritage impact statements, heritage assessments and conservation management plans, as well as interpretation plans and heritage asset management sheets. Through her tertiary studies and industry experience, Melissa has gained experience in archaeological assessments and excavation, taking part in archaeological research in Romania.

Since joining GML, Melissa has supported the firm by undertaking the role of Proposals Coordinator, as well as assisting in the production of reports.

Jodi Cameron

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Working in archaeology is an amazing privilege. It’s exciting to discover the unique history of each site through research and excavation.

Jodi Cameron, Graduate Consultant, holds a Bachelor of Arts with Archaeology Honours from the University of Sydney.

Through her tertiary education and industry experience, Jodi has developed skills in historical research, excavation, site recording, and artefact processing. She has worked on both Indigenous and historical archaeological sites across New South Wales, Tasmania and South Australia.

Since joining GML, Jodi has supported the Archaeology Team on a number of projects including the CBD and South East Light Rail project and a number of projects related to the redevelopment of the Willowdale precinct in East Leppington. Her work has included Aboriginal Due Diligence Assessments, historical and Aboriginal field work coordination and excavation, along with post excavation works such as artefact processing, analysis and reporting.

 

Hannah Griffiths

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Cultural heritage is more than buildings and artefacts. It is evident in the places around us; the design of our cities and suburbs, the urban landscapes and precincts. Canberra is a wonderful example of this—a city distinctly connected to its natural and cultural heritage values.

Hannah Griffiths, Graduate Consultant, has a heritage management background. She holds a Bachelor of Cultural Heritage with Arts (Honours) having submitted a thesis on the heritage management partnership at The Big Dig Site at The Rocks in Sydney. She has studied cultural heritage, archaeology, building and object conservation, heritage interpretation, and ethics and professional practice.

Since joining GML, Hannah has worked on Commonwealth projects, including heritage advice for Commonwealth Department of Defence bases HMAS Cerberus, Victoria Barracks, Laverton in Melbourne, East Sale, Victoria, Garden Island, Sydney, and RMC Duntroon in Canberra. She has worked with GML’s team on projects at the Australian National University and Australian Parliament House.

Prior to joining GML, Hannah was employed as a Collection Reference Officer at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra.

Stela Rahman

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A heritage place can contribute to architecture and design, represent a masterpiece of human creativity, or illustrate cultural traditions that are disappearing. I enjoy the challenge of re-imagining heritage to help retain these values, while providing new uses for future generations.

Stela Rahman, GML Heritage Consultant, holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture.

Prior to joining GML, Stela worked with the Office of Environment and Heritage. She has an in-depth knowledge of legislative requirements and the heritage approvals process, and experience managing competing stakeholder expectations.

Stela is a strong communicator, with excellent negotiation and report writing skills. She has provided heritage advice to a diverse range of clients, utilising her background in environmental planning and architecture.

Emma McGirr

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I’m interested in the synergies that exist between heritage, place making and the creative arts. Good heritage planning and management ensures significant places form a source of continuing inspiration for artists, makers and community builders.

Emma McGirr, Consultant, is a heritage specialist with a background in historical, curatorial and cultural studies as well as experience in urban planning. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History) from the University of Sydney and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of NSW.

Emma has worked with specialist planning consultancies and a diverse range of clients in the property industry. She is well versed in coordinating multidisciplinary project teams and preparing large-scale submissions to approval authorities. Emma is skilled at managing complex projects in high pressure environments. She has undertaken key groundwork and project management for GML consultant teams on a number of highly sensitive sites in both the public and private sectors.

Emma is building expertise in the areas of ‘hands-on’ conservation and analysis of historic buildings, landscapes and precincts. Since joining GML Emma has honed her skills to assist in the production of heritage impact statements, heritage assessments and conservation management plans, as well as curtilage studies and interpretation plans.

Caitlin D’Gluyas

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The thing that excites me most about this job is pulling archaeological and historical resources together—artefacts, environmental evidence, historical documents. I find the process fascinating.

Caitlin D’Gluyas (nee Dircks), GML Heritage Consultant, holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies with First Class Honours in Archaeology from the University of Sydney.

Caitlin has worked as a research assistant and artefact analyst, as well as a contract archaeologist on a variety of excavations throughout NSW. She has assisted in writing a number of heritage reports and has practical experience in field geomorphology and archaeological fieldwork coordination.

Since joining GML, Caitlin has worked on a range of projects, including both Aboriginal and historical archaeological investigations, archaeological research designs, Aboriginal archaeological assessments, heritage impact assessments, and post excavation reporting. Caitlin also provides heritage inductions and has a strong knowledge and understanding of state and federal heritage legislation, best practice policies and guidelines.

Shezani Nasoordeen

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Heritage is about a community’s connection to culture and Country. We help people manage these special places and examine the continuity and change of both material and immaterial culture. Sometimes we have the privilege of reconnecting communities with their heritage, even in a mosaic landscape.

Shezani Nasoordeen, GML Consultant, has credentials in archaeology and anthropology, with 10 years’ experience working in communities throughout Australia and New Zealand, as well as in Egypt.

Shezani is experienced in Aboriginal heritage management under NSW, Queensland and Commonwealth legislation, with a particular specialisation in Indigenous Land Use Agreements. She has expertise in archaeological survey, from leading survey teams to recording and data management. Her sophisticated GIS abilities, statistical analyses and database management skills allow her to provide efficient and innovative cultural heritage management and communication to clients and other stakeholders.

Throughout her career, Shezani has worked closely with stakeholders in both public and private sectors—including Aboriginal communities, planners, architects, engineers and environmental specialists—as part of community engagement processes. She is equipped to facilitate mutually agreed and beneficial outcomes on even the most complex and sensitive sites.

Steven Barry

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Heritage is entrenched in history, but can be progressive and contemporary in its adaption and form. Heritage places can provide texture, meaning and depth.

Steven Barry, GML Senior Heritage Consultant, has an architectural background in conservation and restoration.  He has particular expertise in twentieth-century built heritage assessment, mid-twentieth century architectural heritage, building conservation and heritage impact assessment.

Steven has worked on a diverse range of projects with GML, including preparation of heritage impact statements and conservation management plans, as well as providing iterative and strategic heritage advice.  He has a thorough understanding of Commonwealth and state heritage legislation and local planning controls, as well as best practice heritage and conservation design principles.

Steven has worked on a range of infrastructure and transport projects including Sydney Metro, CBD and South East Light Rail project and the Anzac Parade Shared Path Bridge at Moore Park. He is skilled in historical research, archival recordings, heritage significance assessments and built heritage analysis.

Since joining GML, Steven has undertaken the Conservation of Traditional Buildings course at the University of Canberra, and recently completed a Masters of Heritage Conservation at the University of Sydney.

Bethany Lance

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The terms ‘heritage’ and ‘old’ are often seen as synonymous but this isn’t always the case. Working with elements of our past can be fun and exciting and I love coming up with new innovative ways to utilise, engage with, and educate people about our heritage.

Bethany Lance, GML Heritage Consultant, has over four years’ experience in historical research, significance assessments and built heritage reports. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts and has studied cultural heritage; archaeology; building and object conservation; history; museum and cultural heritage management; and actively engaged with professional practice throughout her tertiary education.

Since joining GML, Bethany has worked on a wide variety of projects, including heritage management plans for the King George V Memorial, Blundells Cottage and Yarralumla Nursery, heritage advice and adaptive re-use projects for the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University, and projects in the Indian Ocean Territories.

Bethany has also undertaken an internship with the ANU at Kakadu National Park where she assisted with stakeholder workshops and to create the Cultural Heritage Management Plan. Prior to joining GML, Bethany was employed as a Research Assistant at the National Trust of Australia.

Jane McMahon

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Material culture allows us to take hold of the past with both hands, providing a tangible link to those who have gone before and coloured our communities. To discover an artefact is to discover another precious insight into our collective story and another thread in the tapestry of each unique life.

Jane McMahon, GML Heritage Consultant, holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in archaeology and heritage studies from the University of Sydney. Since joining GML in 2014, Jane has worked on a range of historical and Aboriginal heritage projects, gaining diverse experience in archaeology and heritage interpretation.

Jane is experienced in the management and excavation of historical and Aboriginal archaeological projects, including those associated with major infrastructure. Jane has also worked on sites in Greece and Cyprus. She has gained important experience in all aspects of excavation, from trench supervision to laboratory work. She has also assisted with post-excavation works, including artefact processing and post-excavation reporting.

Jane’s previous experience in museum education, collection management and public programs has provided a sound basis for her work in heritage interpretation. She has prepared interpretation plans and strategies, as well as working with multidisciplinary teams to develop creative content.

She is experienced in managing and preparing archaeological and heritage assessments—including significance and impact assessments and research designs—for a number of complex sites, particularly in urban areas. She has worked with a range of clients from the public and private sector, including state government agencies.

Jennifer Jones

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Working as an archaeologist is rewarding because through artefacts, structural remnants and landscapes we can provide communities with a tangible connection to those who came before them.

Jennifer Jones, GML Heritage Consultant, holds a PhD in archaeology and has over a decade of experience as an archaeologist. She specialises in historical archaeology and has worked on archaeological projects across Australia, Canada, and Jamaica.

An experienced field archaeologist, she has supervised, directed and worked on both historical and Aboriginal archaeological projects. Her strengths include report writing, surveying and investigating sites, research design, material culture analysis, and collections management. With a firm grounding in consulting, government and academic archaeology, Jennifer offers a well-rounded approach to archaeological projects and problems.

Jennifer has overseen projects of local and state significance in Tasmania—most recently reporting on archaeological excavations and the survey of convict sites in the Southern Midlands. She recently completed her dissertation on the archaeology of tourism at World Heritage-listed Port Arthur in Tasmania.

Sam Player

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Archaeology is a fascinating way to pursue geological questions. I love the puzzle of how sites have become what they are today and to think about how these processes have affected heritage.

Sam Player, GML Heritage Consultant (Geomorphologist), holds a BSc and BA and is currently a PhD candidate in soil science at the University of Sydney. Sam has worked as an archaeologist and geoscientist on a range of Aboriginal and historical archaeological projects in Australia and Southeast Asia since 2001.

Sam is a highly experienced field archaeologist with key skills in geosciences, particularly in archaeological applications. He is proficient in the review and interpretation of geoscientific literature for use in archaeological assessments, desktop landscape analyses and visualisation using Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Sam is also proficient in physical and chemical analysis, description and interpretation of soils and sediments.

Since joining GML, Sam has produced hydrological models for spatial correlation with archaeological datasets, conducted high-resolution particle-size analysis using laser diffraction and geophysical survey for exploration of Aboriginal archaeological sites.

Julian Siu

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Not simply a passion to conserve and engage with our past in order to enliven our present, but also to re-imagine heritage for the future.

Julian Siu, GML Senior Heritage Consultant, is a built heritage expert with extensive experience in providing heritage conservation advice, undertaking heritage assessments and preparing various heritage management reports. He has also developed strategic heritage management frameworks for key development and industrial sites.

Julian specialises in the conservation of built and industrial heritage, adaptive re-use and heritage interpretation. He has worked on a wide range of residential, commercial, educational, complex development and masterplan projects. He is skilled in historical research, heritage significance analysis, impact assessments, statements of significance, conservation management plans, interpretation strategies and statements of evidence. Julian is well versed in Commonwealth and state heritage legislation and local planning controls, along with best practice heritage, urban design and sustainability principles.

Julian has experience utilising the Defence Environmental Risk Tool (ERT), the Defence Heritage Management Plan template, as well as heritage impact assessments, public consultation and referrals under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Angela So

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I love working in historical research and heritage interpretation. Pulling together stories in a cohesive and meaningful way is incredibly satisfying.

Angela So, GML Heritage Consultant, has over 10 years’ experience in archaeology, historical research and interpretation planning. She holds a Master of Arts (Research) in Convict Landscape Archaeology and has particular expertise in the development of oral histories, historical research and investigation.

Angela is also a skilled field archaeologist and has assisted with the development of photographic archival recordings. She is also well versed in state and Commonwealth heritage legislation.

Angela has worked on both public and private sector archaeology projects across Australia, including UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Sydney Opera House and Macquarie Harbour (a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness listing).

She has also worked on international projects in Cambodia, the Caribbean and Cyprus. Most recently, Angela has undertaken historical research and interpretation planning for Parramatta Park.

Sarah Webeck

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I believe that heritage is about finding meaning in the places around us. Through identifying, managing and interpreting significant places, we are conserving our culture for future generations.

Sarah Webeck, GML Senior Heritage Consultant, is a built heritage expert with extensive project management experience in providing heritage conservation advice, undertaking assessments and preparing heritage management reports.

Sarah has an architectural background, and specialises in the identification, assessment and analysis of built heritage, with skills in historic research, heritage significance, impact assessment, adaptive re-use and archival recording.

Sarah has worked on a diverse range of projects with GML for small-scale and complex sites throughout Australia, based on a thorough understanding of local, state and Commonwealth heritage legislation and best practice heritage principles. Projects include heritage impact assessments, strategic heritage advice, significance assessments, interpretation strategies and heritage management plans.

Sarah has particular experience in working on Defence sites, and was involved in the innovative nation-wide thematic study of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Bases.