Special Advisers

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.

Prof Richard Mackay, AM

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Heritage is fundamental to a community’s sense of identity. We help people make important decisions about their important places and experience the joy of sharing those places and their stories.

Professor Richard Mackay, AM, is a former Partner, now Special Adviser at GML Heritage, with more than 30 years’ experience in cultural resource management. He is also the Director of Possibilities at Mackay Strategic, immediate past Chair of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee and current Chair of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee. He was an ICOMOS cultural heritage adviser at the 2015 Session of the World Heritage Committee. He is responsible for the heritage theme of the Commonwealth State of the Environment 2016 Report. Richard has served as a member of the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter Working Party, Chair of the Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust, as a Director of the NSW National Trust, on the Heritage Council of NSW and was the inaugural Chair of the NSW State Heritage Register Committee. His experience includes participation in more than 500 heritage management and archaeology projects, including roles as team leader, project director and facilitator, throughout Australia and in southeast Asia.

Richard has skills as a team leader responsible for management, strategy and conservation policy for heritage places. He has expertise as a facilitator of stakeholder and community consultation. He is an urban archaeologist and promoter of public participation in archaeology programs. He is also a widely published author and lecturer on archaeology, conservation and heritage management and an independent ‘heritage expert’ recognised by government and the courts. He was the inaugural winner of the Sharon Sullivan Award for his contribution to Australia’s national heritage.

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.

Reece McDougall

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Reece McDougall, Special Adviser, has over 30 years’ experience managing heritage and environmental policy at senior and executive level. He was Executive Director of the NSW Heritage Office from 2006 to 2008, and Assistant Director/Director from 1998 to 2006. In this position he had a lead role in conserving the state’s environmental heritage. As Acting Executive Director of the Cultural Heritage Division of the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, Reece was responsible for state government policy and strategic initiatives for managing Aboriginal heritage in NSW. He also led the implementation of the National Parks and Wildlife Amendment Bill 2009, including a review of the policies, procedures and regulations relating to Aboriginal cultural heritage, permits and offences in NSW. Reece has also worked at the National Trust of Australia (NSW) and was the Environmental Manager for AWT Ensight, the commercial arm of Sydney Water.

Reece was GML Heritage’s first Chief Executive Officer, 2011–2013.

Reece is widely recognised for his skill in resolving complex heritage issues and identifying innovative solutions for major development proposals. He has extensive experience of heritage legislation and policies in the historic and Aboriginal heritage fields and is able to provide clients with sound practical advice. He has a deep understanding of government processes and requirements relating to project delivery at a senior level.

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.