Special Advisers

Sheridan Burke

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Twentieth century heritage places are so vulnerable to change. Changed before their values have been recognised and assessed, let alone protected. My favourite GML jobs are ones where we’ve been engaged in the early stages of site planning, integrating opportunities to interpret the twentieth century elements to ensure good conservation outcomes in vibrant new development contexts.

Sheridan Burke, Special Adviser and former Partner of GML Heritage, has been responsible for developing innovative conservation advice and plans for heritage places—iconic and local—for more than 35 years. Sheridan’s experience includes heritage management and interpretation projects throughout Australia and internationally. She specialises in urban planning, twentieth-century heritage and heritage interpretation.

Sheridan facilitates multidisciplinary teams to create highly visual heritage planning documents that can be easily implemented, developing fresh and strategic conservation planning outcomes and policy for a range of heritage places—from suburban houses and factories to complex operational Defence sites across Australia and institutional properties such as the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Australian War Memorial and the Australian National University.

Sheridan is a member of the Sydney Opera House Conservation Council. She is President of the ICOMOS International Committee on Twentieth Century Heritage and President of the ICOMOS Advisory Committee. Sheridan is a widely published author and lectures in conservation practice, twentieth-century heritage and house museum management. She is also active internationally, undertaking World Heritage site monitoring missions and providing advice to ICOMOS and UNESCO as well as working on training and research projects with the Getty Conservation Institute.

Prior to joining GML, Sheridan was the Senior Curator, Manager Property Operations, at the Historic Houses Trust of NSW, and a Senior Policy Specialist at the Heritage Council of NSW.

Don Godden

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Don Godden, retired founding Partner of GML Heritage, is a specialist industrial archaeologist who has written, consulted and taught about industrial heritage for more than 30 years. He continues to work for GML as a special adviser on industrial heritage projects. Since the 1980s, Don has served as Chair and member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Heritage Council of NSW and the Industrial Heritage Committee of the National Trust of Australia (NSW). He is a current member and former alternate member of the Heritage Council of NSW as well as the Vice President of the National Trust of Australia (NSW). Don has also chaired heritage advisory committees of NSW statutory authorities, including the State Rail Authority, Sydney Water and the Roads and Traffic Authority. He is a renowned international expert in industrial heritage and conservation, with a specialist interest in Australian industrial sites, machinery, plant and industrial infrastructure.

Dr Jo McDonald

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Dr Jo McDonald, Director of Jo McDonald CHM Pty Ltd (JMcDCHM), has more than 27 years’ experience in cultural heritage management. Her experience includes more than 600 studies involving archaeological survey, site assessment, salvage and management. These studies have been at a variety of scales from small individual developments to large regional studies dealing with resource assessment, research and management planning.

While having spent most of her career as a consulting archaeologist, she also has a research position at the Australian National University and is a strong participant on a number professional archaeological associations and boards. She was recently a Principal Investigator on the ANU Canning Stock Route Project (Rock Art and Jukurrpa) and JMcDCHM was an Industry Partner on this Australian Research Council Linkage Project. Jo was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship in late 2010, which she commenced on 1 July 2011.

In 2011, Jo joined forces with GML Heritage as an ongoing business partnership to deliver a comprehensive Aboriginal Cultural Heritage service.

Peter Romey

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Our cultural heritage is all around us, it’s not something separate nor is it just about the ‘past’. I can think of no more rewarding vocation than working in cultural heritage, and the confidence that I can make a difference has sustained me throughout my professional life.

Peter Romey, Special Adviser and former Partner of GML Heritage has more than 30 years’ experience in heritage conservation. He has worked in consultancy firms, government organisations and in private practice.  Peter is now a Director of Romey. Knaggs Heritage, an independent heritage consultancy that cooperates closely with GML Heritage on a number of projects.

Peter specialises in the assessment and management of heritage buildings and places. He has provided strategic input and coordinated the development of heritage assessment reports for significant heritage sites such as CUB in Chippendale. He has also provided solutions for adaptive re-use proposals on both urban and rural sites.

He has been responsible for critical heritage input to the business case and environmental assessment stages of major infrastructure projects, including the North West Rail Link, Sydney CBD and South East Light Rail, and the Sydney Metro. Peter’s skills enable the innovative resolution of heritage issues and outcomes that realise operational objectives, and he is regularly called upon to appear at the Land and Environment Court as an expert witness.

Peter is a member of the Tasmanian Heritage Council, the NSW Heritage Council Approvals Committee and is on the Board of AusHeritage. Since 2011, he has presented a series of workshops intended to train local planners, architects and public servants in contemporary best practice management of heritage sites in George Town, Malaysia, and Kinmen, Taiwan.

Peter was previously the Director of Conservation and Infrastructure at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania. He has also held senior heritage posts at the City of Sydney, the NSW Heritage Branch and as an architect in private practice.