Heritage Council Members


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

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

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 2020.​



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.


Member with expertise in history

 An appointment against this position is being progressed.



Mr 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

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.



Mr Frazer Read

Frazer is appointed as the member representing the building development industry. He is an experienced and respected planner, who has worked in local government and the private sector, here and overseas. Frazer was formerly a senior manager with GHD. He now works in his own private planning practice, and has recently been appointed to the State Government Planning Reform Taskforce. Frazer's appointment was endorsed by the Property Council of Tasmania. Appointed to: 30 June 2020.


Person representing the mining industry

 An appointment against this position is being progressed.



Mr David Gatenby

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: 30 June 2020.



Ms Kathryn McCann

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 2018.




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 2020.



Denise Gaughwin​

Denise is appointed as the member with expertise in archaeology and has over 30 years experience in the field of archaeology. She has taught archaeology at La Trobe University and published a number of academic papers as well as management reports. Until recently she managed historic heritage in Tasmania with the Forest Practices Authority. Denise has previously been a member of the Tasmanian Heritage Council. Denise currently runs an archaeological consulting company specialising in archaeological policy and training. Appointed to: 31 May 2020.

Jim Cox

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.



Member with expertise in planning

An appointment against this position is being progressed.

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