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.
Acting Chair: 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 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.
Committee Member: 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.
As part of the DELWP Committees of Management 2020 Recognition Program, Helen was recognised for her outstanding contributions and committment to Working Heritage and other Committees of Management.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are a small team that passionately conserves and manages heritage properties on Crown land in Victoria to reflect the interests of commercial and community partners.
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 Team
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
- Study support
- Employee Assistant Program
- Working From Home arrangements
- Time in Lieu
- Performance recognition
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.