Sharon Veale

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Heritage is about culture. It’s not only about the things we want to keep, but a much deeper reflection of who we are and what we value in our lives and communities. I work in heritage because it is part of our past that contributes an array of meanings to the everyday experience of life.

Sharon Veale is Chief Executive Officer and Partner at GML Heritage. She brings a wealth of expertise and over 15 years’ experience in Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage assessment, management and conservation for public and private sector clients.

Sharon specialises in urban planning, heritage and impact assessments, and interpretation. As a GML Partner, she plays a pivotal role in leading multidisciplinary teams in the integrated assessment of heritage values. She has a strong track record in preparing heritage assessments across cultural landscapes and places of significant scale and complexity. She also has extensive experience in community engagement and in documenting social and cultural values.

Sharon is a sessional lecturer for Heritage Planning at the University of NSW, has published three books and regularly contributes to peer-reviewed journals.

Sharon is a Trustee on the Board of Sydney Living Museums and is a member of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Advisory Council.

Rachel Jackson

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I love working at GML and the contribution we make in protecting cultural heritage which is essential for a sustainable future.

Rachel Jackson, GML Heritage Principal and Director, is a heritage specialist with over 20 years’ experience that includes private practice as well as working with the Commonwealth Government. Rachel has a proven track record of ensuring that challenging project objectives can be realised.

Rachel specialises in heritage projects for complex heritage sites and cultural landscape management.  She has provided strategic heritage advice for iconic sites such as the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Australian National University and the Australian War Memorial. Rachel is particularly experienced in the operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act), the Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation for World, National and Commonwealth heritage places. She has extensive experience working with Commonwealth agencies including the Department of Defence, providing Heritage Strategies, Management Plans and Heritage Impact Assessments to achieve agency outcomes and legislative compliance. Rachel is a member of the ACT Heritage Council and a member of the Property Council of Australia’s (ACT Division), Planning and Sustainable Development Committee. 

David Logan

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Our involvement in countless development projects across Australia has focused on ensuring that heritage adds value to the development outcome—often through integrating contemporary architecture with key historic buildings and elements, creating a sustainable and dynamic blend of new and old that is rich in character.

David Logan, GML Heritage Partner, has qualifications in architecture, heritage conservation and town planning and more than 30 years’ experience in heritage management in both the public and private sectors. David specialises in heritage related masterplanning and design projects, CBD development and the resolution of urban planning issues. He has led teams and been involved in an array of major development and urban renewal projects across Australia.

David was an appointed member of the Heritage Council of NSW from 2005 until 2013 and chaired the Council’s Approvals Committee as well as its Policy Committee. He is currently a member of the Heritage Council’s Technical Committee, the Parramatta Design Excellence Advisory Panel (former SEPP 65 Panel) and the Strathfield Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP). He is a former Vice President of Australia ICOMOS, and has been involved in the drafting of the Burra Charter.

Overseas work has included World Heritage monitoring, missions and advice for ICOMOS, UNESCO and the World Heritage Committee, workshop facilitation for the Getty Conservation Institute and various lecturing and training roles. David is an accredited trainer and facilitator in heritage management and is an independent ‘heritage expert’, recognised by government and the courts. In previous roles before joining GML, David directed the conservation program in The Rocks, Sydney, and led the City of Sydney’s Development Assessment Unit.