Sharon Veale, Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Veale
Chief Executive Officer/Partner


Sharon Veale is a Partner and the Chief Executive Officer at GML Heritage.

She is a public historian and urban planner with over 20 years’ experience in Aboriginal and historic cultural heritage planning, assessment, management and conservation for public and private sector clients.

Sharon is known for her creative thinking and the delivery of positive outcomes across a diverse range of prominent heritage places nationally and internationally. As a GML Partner, she has led the preparation of integrated heritage services for planning and development projects of significant scale and complexity. She has a strong track record in strategic advice to masterplanning and urban renewal projects. She also has extensive experience in the delivery of award-winning place-based interpretation planning from concept to implementation, led by design thinking, public history, and people’s stories and memories.

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

In May 2023, Sharon was the recipient of the Cathy Donnelly Memorial Prize at the National Trust (NSW) Heritage Awards, acknowledging her outstanding contribution to, and achievements across, the heritage industry.

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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.’


Master of Arts (Applied History), University of Technology

Honours (Fine Arts), University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University

Graduate Diploma (Urban and Regional Planning), University of Sydney


Full Member, Planning Institute of Australia

Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)

Interpretation Australia

National Trust of Australia (Corporate Member)

Consult Australia (Corporate Member)