The reward recognises Sharon’s outstanding contribution to the heritage industry, for her focus on engaging local communities in conserving and managing heritage, her award-winning work in innovative storytelling and visitor experiences through heritage interpretation, and her forward-thinking leadership in promoting sustainability and new conversations about heritage practice.
A long-standing champion for heritage, Sharon has shaped the industry through her role as researcher, adviser, lecturer, and consultant for over a decade. She is a sessional lecturer for Heritage Planning at the University of NSW, has published three books and regularly contributes to peer-reviewed journals.
Sharon’s influential contribution to the wider cultural heritage industry has also been recognised through external roles and respected appointments. She is on the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Council, the Board of AusHeritage, the Editorial Committee of the journal Historic Environment and the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on the Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage Sites. She was also recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for Sydney Living Museums, and served as Ambassador to Sydney Open in 2016.
Her work has been recognised by peers within the heritage industry, with several of her projects winning and receiving highly commended in their categories at the National Trust Heritage Awards. She has also worked on some of the world’s most significant heritage places in Australia and internationally, including Angkor, Norfolk Island, the Kokoda Track, Parramatta Park, Centennial Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain.
The GML Heritage team were joined by GML Board Chair Ian Neal to celebrate the win in true GML style—with cake and champagne. Congratulations, Sharon!