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Council members

Debbie Best

Queensland Heritage Council current members are:

Debbie Best, Chair

Ms Debbie Best has nearly 40 years of successful executive leadership experience in the Queensland Public Service in a range of portfolios including education, indigenous policy and programs, multicultural affairs, environmental planning management, water resource management and natural resource management. She has an extensive background in state education, commencing her career as a secondary teacher and progressing to an Assistant Director-General position in 2000.

Ms Best has held executive management positions in the Education Department, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Water and Natural Resources, and in 2012 she became the Director-General for the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Multicultural Affairs before retiring from the Queensland Public Service in July 2013.

Ms Best has an extensive background on government boards and committees. In addition to being the Chair of the Queensland Heritage Council, she is Chair of the Audit Committee for the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee for the Electoral Commission of Queensland, and member of the State Award Committee for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. She has previously been a Director and Trustee of QSuper, Griffith University Council member and a Murray Darling Basin Commissioner.

George Seymour, Deputy Chair

Cr George Seymour is the Mayor of the Fraser Coast Regional Council.  He is actively involved with local historical groups and is the chairperson of several heritage related bodies, including Maryborough Open House, an annual event which celebrates the heritage architecture, archaeology and gardens of Maryborough.

Cr Seymour has published history books about the architecture and people of Central Queensland and regularly gives walking tours and public history presentations at libraries and heritage sites.

He is a volunteer solicitor with a community legal service and a member of several boards including the Queensland Board of the Medical Board of Australia.

Ann-Marie Allan

Ann-Marie Allan

Ms Ann-Marie Allan represents the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU). She is QCU Vice President and holds a position on the QCU Executive and QCU Management Committee.

Ms Allan is also the Executive Officer of the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU). She has an extensive background in industrial relations, representing the social, economic and industrial interests of working people. Ms Allan represents the AMWU on a number of peak bodies at both a state, and national level and has more than 45 years of experience within industry and community.

Ms Allan is a passionate advocate for diversity and culture and the conservation of our heritage.

Andrew Barnes

Andrew Barnes

Mr Andrew Barnes, who graduated from QUT with a Degree in Engineering, has 30 years’ experience as a structural engineer.

Mr Barnes has held a number of leadership positions including owner and Director of engineering companies, Qantec,and Qantec McWilliam; Chair of Engineers Heritage Queensland; board member of Engineers Australia; and a member of the Brisbane City Council Heritage Advisory Committee. Mr Barnes is a strong advocate of heritage— particularly in relation to the practice of engineering.

Mr Barnes’ company, Acor Consultants (QLD), provides heritage conservation services including advising authorities on the most appropriate strategies to retain heritage-listed buildings.

Judy Brien

Ms Judy Brien was admitted to practice as a barrister, and commenced practice at the private Queensland Bar, in January 2003. Prior to this, she practised as a solicitor in Brisbane from the mid-1990s. Ms Brien is a Nationally Accredited Mediator.

Ms Brien’s current practice spans a broad range of areas including planning and environment, heritage, judicial review, mining, environmental authorities and enforcement, native title, local government, determination of compensation for land, infrastructure and general litigation.

Ms Brien has advised or acted in proceedings for a range of parties including the Commonwealth, State of Queensland, government-owned corporations, Ministers of the Crown and related entities, various local governments, indigenous representative bodies, companies and private individuals.

Kathy Davis

Ms Kathy Davis has media communication, marketing and public relations expertise, and extensive board and committee advisory experience. She is the owner of a State heritage-listed house and is an advocate for heritage property owners, particularly in relation to planning regulation.

Ms Davis has provided marketing services to Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Transport, and the Queensland Community Foundation, and raised funds for many non-profit organisations.

She has assessed arts funding programs for the Queensland Government and brokered philanthropic support for arts and cultural organisations.

Alice Hampson

Ms Alice Hampson is a registered architect, sole practitioner, writer, architectural historian—and one of only a few practising Queensland architects who is a professional installation artist.

She graduated from the University of Queensland in Design Studies and Architecture with first class honours, the Board of Architects’ Prizes, the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture Medallion, and prizes for design, drawing and construction. Her design work has been published and received awards both nationally and internationally. As a historian and heritage expert, Ms Hampson specialises in mid-twentieth-century works.

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA), Ms Hampson has been an assessor for cultural heritage and a speaker at professional conferences in Australia and abroad. She sits on the Board of Architects Queensland, the Official Residents Advisory Committee and is a member of the Accreditation Standing Panel for Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. Ms Hampson is a Nationally Elected Councillor for the AIA, a contributing editor for Architecture Media, and has been Chair of Juries for the AIA Queensland Awards.

Andrew Ladlay

Andrew Ladlay

Mr Andrew Ladlay is an architect in private practice in Brisbane, with extensive experience in the conservation of places of cultural heritage significance.

Mr Ladlay has undertaken a range of work involving conservation planning, assessment, recording, repair and maintenance to heritage places of all types and sizes throughout Queensland for over 20 years. From 2006 to 2010, he was appointed by the Queensland Heritage Council, in the role of Rural Heritage Advisor.

Mr Ladlay is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites). He has been a member of the National Trust since 1989, and has provided advice to the Trust on most of their properties since 2005.

Katie McConnel

Working in both the university and museum sectors for almost 20 years, Dr Katie McConnel has established a strong reputation and research background in local heritage and regional history.

She is a passionate advocate for the history and heritage sectors, and endeavours to make history engaging for the community. She is an active board member of some of Queensland’s key heritage and historical organisations.

Through her exhibitions, writing, tours and public talks, Dr McConnel aims to make Queensland history—especially the history of Old Government House and the remarkable lives of key 19th century vice-regal women—more broadly accessible and captivating for people of all ages.

Tanya Neville

Ms Tanya Neville has over 25 years’ experience in the property industry in a diverse range of roles across planning, design and construction in both the public and private sector. Tanya’s passion for memorable, beautiful, safe and democratic places as part of sustainable city building is evidenced in her work with the South Bank Corporation and Brisbane City Council’s City Centre Master Plan delivery. Her success in the delivery of projects is underpinned by engaging a broad range of stakeholders, promoting custodianship and celebrating cultural heritage values for truly meaningful and intergenerational outcomes.

Ms Neville was Project Director for the New Zealand Government’s Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, delivering a number of anchor projects as a part of the reconstruction of Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake. Upon returning to Australia, Tanya joined Lendlease’s Urban Regeneration business, working on the Brisbane Showgrounds Redevelopment Project and subsequently the Queensland State Government’s, Economic Development Queensland to focus on economic development opportunities associated with the proposed Cross River Rail infrastructure project and the SEQ rail network.

Ms Neville managed the Citywide Strategic Engagement project for Brisbane City Council that sought to develop a Citizen’s Charter—a set of principles and priorities informed by community feedback to guide planning and decision making for Brisbane’s future.

Judy Peters

Cr Judy Peters has 25 years’ experience working in local government. She holds the Community and Cultural Services portfolio—a role that recognises the significance of the past and embraces cultural diversity of people and place.

Cr Peters has an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, a Diploma of Business, a Diploma of Local Government, and is an active member of a number of local community and State organisations.

She has facilitated a variety of partnerships with the community and the business sector which have significantly contributed to the future growth of the Bundaberg region.