Ms Brett Torossi (Chairperson)
Brett is a passionate Tasmanian, with a keen interest in Tasmania, its heritage, identity, brand and future. She is an acclaimed business woman, tourism operator and property developer, and has had extensive leadership and management experience on private, public and voluntary boards. Brett is a Trustee of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG), a member of the Board of Tourism Tasmania, a Board member of the Tasmanian Development Board, a Board member of Creative Partnerships Australia, a Board member of the Australian Festival of Voices and, until taking on this position, was a Commissioner on the Tasmanian Planning Commission (TPC). Appointed to 31 December 2020.
Deidre Wilson represents the Director National Parks and Wildlife under s.6(1)(b) of the
Historic and Cultural Heritage Act 1995. Deidre is a Deputy Secretary within the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment which is responsible for the sustainable management, protection and promotion of Tasmania's natural and cultural assets to help build a strong and economically vibrant State. Deidre’s current role involves oversight of the Natural and Cultural Heritage Division of the Department. Deidre is a member of the Department’s Executive leadership team and has extensive experience in policy development and implementation.
Genevieve Lilley is an architect practising in Tasmania and NSW. After eight years working with British architect Sir David Chipperfield (and collaborating with renowned British heritage architect Julian Harrap), she opened her own practice in London in 1999, in Sydney in 2005, and in Hobart in 2013. She lives in Hobart and runs a small practice specialising in a range of odd and unique projects, mostly involving the adaptive re-use of historic buildings for modern life. She sat on the Diocesal Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches for Greater London 2000-2002, and was Chair of the Living Room Theatre 2014-2019. She sat on the NSW Heritage Committee, and the AIA National Gender Equity Committee for the period 2017-2019. She judged the NSW AIA awards in 2009 and 2011, the National DIA jury in 2015, and chaired the TAS AIA Awards jury in 2017. Genevieve is also the designer for award-winning jewellery, and writes for Houses Magazine,
Architecture Australia, and the
Architectural Review. Appointed to: 31 May 2023.
Dr Stuart King
Stuart is appointed as the member representing heritage conservation interests. Stuart is a senior lecturer in architectural design and history at the University of Melbourne, following eleven years as a lecturer in architecture at the University of Tasmania.
In addition to his teaching, Stuart researches nineteenth and twentieth century Australian architectural history, with a particular interest in Tasmania. He is a past President of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand (2011-13) and past co-editor of the journal Fabrications: JSAHANZ (2014-18).
Stuart's position to the Heritage Council was endorsed by the University of Tasmania. Appointed to: 31 December 2020.
Dr Caroline Evans
Caroline is the member of the Tasmanian Heritage Council with expertise in history. She obtained a PhD in Tasmanian child welfare history, entitled ‘Protecting the Innocent: Tasmania’s Neglected Children, their Parents, and State Care, 1890-1918’, in 1999. Since then she has worked at the University of Tasmania and Australian Catholic University in teaching and research capacities. Caroline has also worked as a freelance historian in Tasmania with a diverse range of topics and outcomes including heritage reports, oral history collections, content for websites, and commissioned histories. Appointed to 31 December 2022.
Alex van der Hek
Alex is appointed as the member representing community interests. He is the Corporate Secretary/Manager Corporate Support for the Clarence City Council. Alex comes to this role with extensive experience in governance, policy development and local government approval processes. He knows well the opportunities and challenges of owning and renovating heritage homes. Alex owns a much celebrated contemporary heritage home. Appointed to: 31 December 2020.
Philip Mussared was appointed to the Council by the Premier in January 2018 as a member representing the National Trust of Tasmania under s.6(1)(f) of the
Historic and Cultural Heritage Act 1995. Philip has held senior positions in the Commonwealth, NSW and Tasmanian public sectors, most recently as CEO of the Retirement Benefits Fund. Following the implementation of the State Government's public sector superannuation reforms in March 2017, Philip has pursued non-executive director opportunities. Philip is Chair of the Tasmanian Traineeships and Apprenticeships Committee, a director of TasRail, a director of the National Trust of Tasmania, Vice President of the Australian Risk Policy Institute, a member of the board of Hobart International Airport and an Associate Director of TFG International Pty Ltd. Philip has a BEc (Hons) and a BA and has been recognised as a Fellow by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA Australia and the Institute of Public Administration Australia. Philip lives in
Nangare, a 1904 Federation house in Sandy Bay and understands first hand both the challenges and rewards of being a custodian of our built heritage. Appointed to: 26 January 2021.
Based on the north west coast, Jessica Richmond is appointed as the member representing the Tasmanian Mining Industry. Jessica is the Commercial Manager at Grange Resources and board member at Brand Tasmania. Jessica was awarded the AusIMM Exceptional Young Woman in Resources for 2019 and sits on the TMEC committee for community engagement and the AUSIMM Women in Mining Network Committee. Prior to joining the mining industry, Jessica was a lawyer in the energy and resources sector. Appointed to 31 December 2022.
Dr Jennifer Travers-Jones
Jennifer is appointed as the member representing archaeological interests. She is an experienced archaeologist, excavation director and collections manager, having worked for over 16 years in academic, government and consulting capacities. Jennifer holds a PhD with a specialization in Australian historical archaeology with a Tasmanian focus, as her doctoral dissertation focused on the archaeology of tourism at Port Arthur Historic Site. She currently leads Extent Heritage’s Hobart office, where she is a Senior Associate. Appointed to:
David is appointed as the member representing the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association. He is a past president of the TFGA and has been a Board member since 2005. David is a delegate to the National Farmers Federation and has previously had 10 years experience as a local government councillor in Tasmania. He has a strong interest in historic heritage and is the only member of the Heritage Council required to own a heritage property. Appointed to: 31 December 2022.
Kathryn is appointed as the member representing the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania (TICT). She is a highly regarded thinker and leader in the Tasmanian tourism industry, having worked in senior marketing roles with the Hobart International Airport and Tourism Tasmania. Kathryn is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager for the Federal Group. She has overseen significant passenger growth at Hobart Airport, led the development of the tourism brand and instigated Tourism Tasmania's 'Go Behind the Scenery' campaign and was recognised for her innovative and creative work in the tourism industry by being named the Minister's Young Achiever of the Year by the Tourism Industry Council in 2013. Appointed to: 31 December 2021.
Rev Roger Hesketh
Roger is appointed as the person representing the Tasmanian Council of Churches. Rev Hesketh is a Priest and the Enabler for three North and North East Tasmanian Anglican parishes. He holds diplomas in theology and ministry. Roger has worked in a variety of urban and rural parishes throughout Tasmania since 1986. He has held leadership positions at a regional level and is a current member of the Anglican Diocesan Council. Appointed to: 30 June 2022.
Jim is appointed as a representative of the Local Government Association of Tasmania. He was elected to the Launceston City Council in October 2011 following more than 20 years as a member of the Tasmanian Parliament and Minister during which he held several key portfolios including Police and Emergency Management, and Road Safety. During this time he also saw the establishment of the
Historic Cultural Heritage Act 1995 and the establishment of the Tasmanian Heritage Council. Appointed to: 31 December 2021.
Simon is appointed as a nominee of the Local Government Association of Tasmania, with expertise in engineering. He is an experienced manager with a detailed planning and project coordination background leading multi-disciplinary design teams. Currently the Community Development Group Leader with Central Coast Council, he previously spent two and a half decades in private industry, where he found the most satisfaction and reward helping deliver public built infrastructure projects. Simon has been an External Member of the Works Committee since 2014, and has extensive experience serving on a range of national committees for professional organisations, as well as a volunteer board member for local community service groups. His interests include heritage (obviously), environment, architecture, cycling, and dad jokes. Appointed to: 30 June 2023.
Member with expertise in planning
An appointment against this position is being progressed.