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.

The Committee

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Chair: Kerry Anderson (OAM)

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 two books; Entrepreneurship: It’s Everybody’s Business (2016) and Australian Rural Entrepreneurs (2020) 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.

Kerry was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) General Division, as part of the Australia Day honours on 26 January 2022.


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Committee Member: 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.

He 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.

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


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Committee Member: 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.


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Committee Member: Megan McDougall

Megan has a background in architecture, and currently works as a heritage consultant in Melbourne.  She has broad experience in heritage conservation in Victoria over about 35 years, mainly in the public sector, at both state and local government levels.

After some time in private practice, Megan worked for Heritage Victoria (HV) for over 20 years, assessing places for the Victorian Heritage Register, assessing permit and development applications, and managing a number of teams including the grants program team.  She also worked for 6 years for the City of Greater Bendigo, working to ensure the City’s many heritage assets were in good condition and well used.

Megan has been a member of ICOMOS since 1992, and is currently Co-convenor of the National Scientific Committee on Industrial Heritage.  She is passionate about ensuring Victoria’s heritage places are actively used and valued, and is deeply interested in the practical side of conserving buildings.


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Committee Member: 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.


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Committee Member: 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. 


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Committee Member: Trudy Rickard

 Trudy extablished the small firm of Trudy Rickard Architect  around 2005.  Based in South West Victoria, the firm undertakes a variety of commercial and residential architectural work, with an emphasis on heritage conservation projects. Trudy has been the Heritage advisor at Southern Grampians Shire Council since 2010 and was the heritage conservation architect for the City of Greater Bendigo in both the Statutory Planning and Property departments from 2015 to 2021.

The firm has carried out heritage work for numerous individuals and organisations including the National Trust Australia (Victoria), the councils of Moyne, Glenelg, and Warrnambool as well as for Parks Victoria and Worn Gundidj enterprises at Tower Hill. We seek to promote good conservation practice while incorporating sympathetic, modern architectural design that supports contemporary, sustainable use.


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Committee Member: Jeffrey Robinson

Jeffrey is a Chartered Engineer and Principal Sustainability Consultant working in Aurecon’s Melbourne office. He has 35 years’ experience working as a consulting engineer in the UK, Ireland, Australia, South Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

He is a passionate advocate for sustainable buildings, heritage and good design. He is a member of the Heritage Council of Victoria, a technical expert on the Victorian Design Review Panel and a member of the Property Council of Australia’s Victorian Sustainable Development Committee.

Jeff works with many government, commercial and educational clients helping them meet their Environmental, Social and Governance goals and transform their organisations for a net zero carbon, resilient and healthy future.



The Staff

We are a small team that conserves and manages heritage properties on Crown land in Victoria to reflect the interests of commercial and community partners.

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As a small team, we know and understand one another.

We are a collaborative and support one another whilst sharing a common interest in heritage architecture and community partnerships.

We may be small, but we achieve a lot, and we have big plans.


Meet the Staff

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At Working Heritage, we continue to develop our people programs. Here is a snapshot of what is in place:

  • Development opportunities (formal and informal)
  • Career shaping
  • Team days
  • Family friendly environment
  • Flexibility
  • Study support
  • Employee Assistant Program
  • Working From Home arrangements
  • Time in Lieu
  • Performance recognition

Current Vacancies

Click here for details of current vacancies for positions at Working Heritage.

We are open to the hours and location of work so if you like the sound of one of these opportunities, but it doesn’t quite fit with your situation, please call us on
(03) 9600 1667.

Former Royal Mint

A Melbourne landmark since 1872


280 William Street, Melbourne


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