Working Heritage is a Committee of Management appointed by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. The committee is supported by Executive Officer Ross Turnbull and a small team of staff who manage Working Heritage’s projects and operations.



Helen Weston


Helen is a retired urban planner with extensive experience in statutory planning, environmental and social impact assessment and community consultation.

Helen has worked on the environmental and/or social impact assessment of transport infrastructure (road, rail and airport) projects throughout Australia and has international experience in India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kiribati and New Zealand. She also has extensive experience in the design and conduct of community consultation programs.

Helen was appointed to the Board of Parks Victoria in August 2017. She chairs the Board’s Planning Project and Asset Management Committee and is a member of the People and Safety, Conservation and Science, and Commercial Business and Engagement Committees.


Committee members

Kerry Anderson


As a small business owner and founder of the Operation Next Gen Program, Kerry Anderson works with rural Australian towns encouraging them to take control of their own future by looking at existing landscapes with fresh eyes. Committed to sharing positive stories of rural businesses and communities, she is the author of Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business and frequently speaks at national and international conferences and events.  As part of her work she facilitates important community conversations with a rural emphasis.

In 2018 Kerry was named as one of Australia’s Top 50 Regional Agents-of-Change and awarded the Regional Innovation Ecosystem Leadership Award.

A graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course, Kerry serves on the Board of Castlemaine Health and is a volunteer tour guide at Buda Historic Home & Garden in Castlemaine.

Phillip Davies

Phillip has held and continues to hold a range of senior executive management roles in both the private, legal and public sectors in Australia.

Phillip is currently Chief Executive and National Ombudsman of a not for profit company, Tolling Customer Ombudsman Ltd. He has a number of key directorships including Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Kew East Financial Services Ltd and CBLA. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

Phil is a member of a number of Commonwealth and State dispute, disciplinary and professional standards tribunals. 

Elizabeth Drozd

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Ms Elizabeth Drozd has been working in community services sector and local government since 1991. Ms Drozd is currently the CEO of Australian Multicultural Community Services, Board Director of Care Connect and a Chairperson of a charitable foundation for the Rotary Club of Footscray.

She was a Victorian Multicultural Commissioner from 2008 to 2015. 

In 2019, she was awarded a scholarship by the Harvard Club of Victoria to participate in the prestigious Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management at the Harvard Business School in Boston, USA.  

Community engagement, mentoring, business management and leadership are some of her key strengths.  

In her work-free time, she enjoys gardening, travelling, enjoying Melbourne's multicultural cuisine, and scintillating conversations with friends.

Haleh Homaei


Haleh Homaei is the CEO of HousingFirst. Haleh has over 27 years of experience in housing, 12 years of which were with the Victorian Office of Housing and the rest within the Community Housing Sector.

Haleh’s expertise is in the area of social advocacy, strategic and business planning, governance and compliance, leadership and stakeholder management.

She has a Diploma in Social Science (Housing Management and Policy) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Haleh has been a member of the Australasian Housing Institute (AHI) since 1998 and was a Director on the National Board representing Victoria until mid- 2015. She has been a Board member of the Community Housing Federation of Victoria since 2009 and served as Chair from 2016-19. Haleh has also been a Board member of ASRC since 2018.

Dr Timothy Hubbard


Timothy is a retired architect and planner. Before establishing his own practice is 1988, Timothy worked with the Department of Planning and the Historic Buildings Council.  He has been heritage advisor to many municipalities, both metropolitan and rural.  Alone and with others, he has authored some thirty major reports and studies. 

With the support of the Daryl Lindsay Scholarship and the Marten Bequest he was the Australian nominee to ICCROM in Rome for 1986.  With the assistance of a Deakin University Scholarship, he completed his PhD ‘Towering Over All, the Italianate Villa in the Colonial Landscape’ in 2004. He was awarded the inaugural ISSI Leslie M. Perrott Travelling Fellowship in 2006 to study historic roads in the US, UK and Europe.

Timothy has been a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria, of the Executive Council of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and of the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee.  He continues as a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Routes, with a special interest in air routes as cultural routes, and is a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria.

Joan Ko


Joan is a Chartered Environmentalist focused on sustainability in strategy and planning. She is a senior leader in Arup's consulting services and is also appointed to the Victorian Government's Sustainability Fund Committee.

Joan specialises in leading multidisciplinary teams that work across environment and economics. Examples of her work include advising policymakers on the role of infrastructure in resilient communities, helping organisations transition towards a circular economy, and identifying barriers and drivers for net zero emissions precincts in Australia.

At Working Heritage, Joan chairs the Audit and Risk Management Subcommittee. She is active in embedding sustainability and climate change resilience into Working Heritage's strategic agenda.

Adam Magennis

Adam Magennis career includes 17 years working within the Victorian Heritage, Environmental and Communities sector within local and state government.

Prior to a career in the public service, Adam's first career was in the Victorian building sector as a qualified bricklayer and stone mason. He has also worked as a mason in Ontario Canada, Michigan U.S.A., New South Wales and South Australia.

Adam is a qualified archaeologist, Archaeology (Honours) 2014 La Trobe University and is undertaking a current PhD candidature in archaeology.

He enjoys coastal fossicking, investigating cultural archaeological landscapes, plays super rules footy with Peninsula Raiders and has a keen interest in historical brickwork, brick architecture and brick making. Adam has also been a professional artist for over 25 years and is director of Kaptify.

Borz Shahsavand


Borz is the Chief Executive Officer of Sustain Group, a leading sustainability focused asset management company building and managing commercial properties. Having held senior executive positions within leading design, construction and facility management companies across Australia, he has made it his mission to leave a legacy of sustainable change in the property sector.

Borz’s passion is to constantly improve on the total cost of ownership and facilitate a broader view of facility management practices that cover utilities and risk of operations.

Borz holds a Masters of Corporate Sustainability Management, undergraduate Aerospace and Mechanical engineering degrees from Monash University as well as postgraduate qualifications in contract law and project management.  

Geelong Telegraph Station

A link to the region's maritime and telegraphic past

83a Ryrie Street, Geelong

 Wathaurung land


t: 9600 1667

Southern Gatehouse
Former Royal Melbourne Mint
280 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000


PO Box 13287
Law Courts Post Office
277 William Street
Melbourne VIC 8010


Permanent and casual parking
is available at the Mint Car Park,
280 William Street, Melbourne.

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