Sharon Veale is Chief Executive Officer and Principal 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.
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.
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
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
Champion of Change—Female Leadership Award, Consult Australia Awards for Excellence, 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