Sharon Veale, Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Veale
Chief Executive Officer


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.

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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.

Sharon Veale, Chief Executive Officer


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

Master of Arts (Applied History), University of Technology

Honours (Fine Arts), University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts, Flinders University



Member, Green Building Council, Place-making and Urban Design Expert Reference Panel, 2018–Present

Trustee, Sydney Living Museums Board, 2016–Present

Member, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Advisory Council, 2011–Present

Member, National Parks and Wildlife , Research and Policy Advisory Sub-Committee, 2011–Present

Expert Member, International Scientific Committee for Interpretation and Presentation, 2008–Present

Editorial Committee, Historic Environment, International Committee of Monuments and Sites
(Australia), 2011–Present


Champion of Change—Female Leadership Award, Consult Australia Awards for Excellence, 2017

NSW National Trust Heritage Award for Alchemy: The Lustre of Hill End, Education and Interpretation, 2017

NSW National Trust Heritage Award for Toorale National Park, Interpretation Planning, 2015

NSW National Trust Heritage Award for the travelling exhibition, ‘Making a Place for Herself: Women’s Experiences of Landscapes and National Parks’. Project Managers: Sharon Veale and Catherine Snelgrove, 2006

NSW National Trust Heritage Award for ‘Revival, Renewal and Return: Ray Kelly and the NSW Sites of Significance Survey’. Project Manager: Sharon Veale, 2006

Dean’s Merit List, Graduate Diploma of Urban and Regional Planning, 1998