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 currently: the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG); a member of the Board of Tourism Tasmania; Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee, Tourism Tasmania; a member of the Board of Brand Tasmania; Chair of the Brand Tasmania Audit & Risk Committee; a Director of Australian Pacific Airports Launceston Pty Ltd; Nominations Committee Member, International Women's Forum, Australia; and the Heritage Council representative on the Premier's Visitor Economy Advisory Council (PVEAC). Brett is appointed as Chair of the Heritage Council to 31 December 2023.
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 Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, 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. Appointed to 31 January 2025.
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 2023.
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.
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 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 lived for fifteen years in
Nangare, a 1904 Federation house in Sandy Bay and understands both the challenges and rewards of being a custodian of our built heritage. Appointed to: 30 September 2023.
Dr Jennifer Jones-Travers
Jennifer is an experienced archaeologist and collections manager, having worked for nearly 20 years in academic, government and consulting capacities. She is the Director of Latitude Heritage and an Associate with University of Tasmania. Jennifer has been appointed as the Member with Expertise in Archaeology and is the current Chair of the Archaeological Advisory Panel, as well as a member of both the Works and Registration Committees. She completed her PhD with a specialization in Australian historical archaeology, and her doctoral dissertation focused on the archaeology of tourism at Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula.Appointed to: 30 June 2023
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.
Liz is appointed as the member representing the Tourism Industry Council Tasmania. She has a long history of working with events and the creative industries both in Tasmania and in Melbourne, where she worked in communications and marketing for some of Australia's leading not-for-profit organisations. Liz has extensive experience in project management, tourism, the arts, and governance, and as a consultant has worked with the University of Tasmania, Launceston City Council, Quamby Estate, MONA, TasTAFE Drysdale, Junction Arts Festival, Bay of Fires Art Prize, and Effervescence Tasmania. Liz is a Director of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania, and the Chair of Junction Arts Festival. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business, specialising in regional development and entrepreneurship from the University of Tasmania. Appointed to: 31 January 2025.
Rev Roger Hesketh
Roger is appointed as the person representing the Tasmanian Council of Churches. Revd. Hesketh is an ordained minister in the Anglican Church holding qualifications in Theology and Counselling. Roger is now retired but previously worked in a variety of urban and rural parishes throughout Tasmania from 1986 to 2020. He has held several leadership positions in the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania and is currently a member of the Anglican Property Board. Appointed to: 31 December 2022.
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.
Peter is appointed as the member representing the building development industry and is a director of leading Tasmanian architecture and sustainability practice Xsquared Architects. His work within that practice ensures daily interaction with a broad cross‐section of heritage buildings and places, and he has been drawn to this work from the establishment of the practice more than 15 years ago. Prior to establishing Xsquared Architects he worked in the USA and UK, including work in heritage restoration on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts, and on a suite of important heritage buildings in the UK including Stowe House in Buckinghamshire. His purpose has always been to navigate a pathway that helps to support the future useability of heritage buildings, and thus their ongoing retention and ability to provide interpretation of the past. His passion for heritage is both self‐initiated and perpetuated by the work that he does and is based in a deep affection for the unique aspects of heritage places. He also has extensive exposure to the practicalities of the building development industry and represents the interests of the building development industry on the Council. He is registered as an architect in both Tasmania and NSW; is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects; is current President of the Tasmanian Division of the Property Council of Australia; and is the judge for the Master Builders Tasmania Excellence in Building and Construction Awards. Previously he has chaired the Institute of Architects' National Sustainability Committee; the Property Council's Tasmanian Urban Renewal Committee; and the Institute of Architects' Tasmanian Triennial Award Jury; and sat on a number of other boards and committees. Appointed to 30 September 2023.
Alexandra is appointed to the Heritage Council as a representative of the mining industry. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science (Economic Geology) with Honours from the University of Tasmania in 2006, she began her career at the Henty Gold Mine working as a geologist both underground & on surface as well as being a member of Henty's Mines Rescue team. She has since worked around the state in exploration at all stages and in many deposit types. During her career, Alexandra has worked in conjunction with heritage and environmental consultants to ensure our vital cultural and natural heritage are preserved whilst progressing the mining future of Tasmania. Alexandra is currently employed as Senior Exploration Geologist with Venture Minerals, heading up their Tasmanian based operations. She is passionate about history, heritage and conservation in her home state.
Richard Warner AM
Richard was appointed to the Heritage Council in May 2023 as the person representing community interests. Richard’s background is in horticulture, as a producer of hops, apples, berry-fruits and vegetable seed crops. Richard was appointed Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania in 1999 and 2000. He completed the Company Director’s course in 1991 and successfully completed the Australian Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Practitioners Certificate in 2002. Richard combined his horticultural knowledge with a number of directorships including Tasmanian Grain Elevators Board, Houstons Farm and is the current chair of the Crawford Fund Tasmanian Committee and a directors of the Crawford Fund national board. He is currently chair of Tasmanian Agricultural Education and Training Partnership which brings together all Tasmanian agricultural education providers. Richard has invested time and energy in Britain investigating adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and putting the knowledge to work at his family property, Valleyfield, New Norfolk. Richard is acutely aware of the importance and value of Tasmania’s built heritage and of the need for its preservation and conservation.
John was appointed to the Heritage Council in June 2023 as the Local Government Association of Tasmania representative. John is currently the Deputy Mayor of the Central Coast Council and been in the building industry for 50 years, operating his own building business on the North West Coast. John has extensive knowledge of the Housing Sector and has represented Master Builders Tasmania on the National Housing Council, State Council, and is recognised as an Honorary Member. He is experienced in project management from design to completion and has been recognised with a National Master Builders Housing Award, Master Builders Tasmania Workmanship Award and multiple Tasmanian Housing Awards. John values our Tasmanian heritage, especially buildings, and is keen to be involved in preserving our heritage for future generations.