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 an urban planner with experience in statutory planning, environmental and social impact assessment and community consultation. Since 1992, she has been Director, Environmental Affairs Pty Ltd, a specialist urban and environmental planning practice.

She has worked on transport infrastructure projects throughout Australia and has international experience in India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Kiribati and New Zealand.

Helen is a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia and Certified Practicing Planner and a Member of the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand and a Certified Environmental Practitioner. She is a member of the board of Parks Victoria and Chair of that Board’s Planning, Project and Asset Management Committee.


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 look at existing landscapes with fresh eyes to create a strong future. Committed to sharing positive stories of rural businesses, she is the author of Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and events.  In 2017 Kerry was one of only two Australians invited to share best practice in building entrepreneurship ecosystems at a worldwide forum held in Kansas City, USA.

She is a long term volunteer tour guide at Buda Historic Home & Garden in Castlemaine and a frequent visitor to heritage properties locally and across the world.

Kerry is a graduate of the Australian Company Directors Course, a current director of Castlemaine Health, and a former member of Regional Development Australia Loddon Mallee Committee.

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 General Counsel of the not for profit company – Advanced Paediatric Life Support Services. He has a number of key directorships including Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Box Hill Enterprise Pty Ltd and Box Hill Institute Singapore PTE. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust. Phillip is also currently Chairperson of Queen Elizabeth Centre the public hospital/community service organisation that is government owned.

He is also a long-standing member of the Board of Examiners for the Legal Profession in Victoria.

Elizabeth Drozd

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Ms Elizabeth Drozd has been working in community services sector and local government since 1991, showing dedication to issues affecting multicultural communities, particularly in the area of migrant settlement as well as access and equity for the Victorian ethnic seniors. 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 between 2008-15.  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 Port Phillip Housing Association. Haleh has over 25 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 has 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 is currently serving as Chair.

Dr Timothy Hubbard

Timothy is a retired architect and planner. He completed his PhD on 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.

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. Timothy has been a member of the Heritage Council, the Victorian Chapter of the Institute of Architects and the Australia ICOMOS Executive Committee. He continues as a member of the ICOMOS International Committee on Cultural Routes and is a sessional member of Planning Panels Victoria.

Joan Ko

Joan is a Chartered Environmentalist focused on sustainability in planning and organisational strategy. Examples of her work include advising on sustainability standards for Fishermans Bend, developing the Department of Health and Human Services’ first climate change adaptation action plan, and identifying circular economy opportunities for government, universities and market precincts.

Joan is Sustainability Leader for Arup in Victoria and South Australia. She currently works across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Joan is appointed to the Property Council of Australia’s planning and infill advisory committee and is a Green Star Communities Accredited Professional. She has previously been a Civil Engineering Teaching Fellow at Monash University and regularly provides sustainability training and coaching for government and built environment sectors.

Adam Magennis

Adam Magennis's career and industry experience includes the past 15 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 building sector mainly a bricklayer and stone mason. He has worked as a mason in Ontario Canada and Michigan in the US.

He has qualifications as a Heritage Advisor, Archaeology (hons) 2014,  a current PhD candidature in archaeology. He enjoys investigating cultural archaeological landscapes and has a keen interest in historical brickwork, brick architecture and brick making. He has also been a professional artist for over 25 years.

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 and undergraduate Aersopace and Mechanical engineering degrees from Monash University as well as postgraduate qualifications in contract law and project management.  

Beaufort Court House

Built using local bricks laid with quartz-rich mortar


9 Livingstone Street, Beaufort

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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