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Council members

Queensland Heritage Council current members are:

Leslie Shirreffs

Leslie Shirreffs PSM, Chair

Ms Leslie Shirreffs has 30 years of successful executive leadership experience in the Queensland and Northern Territory public sectors across a diverse range of portfolio interests including World Heritage management policy and programs, biodiversity conservation, vegetation management, land planning and valuations, and industry development. Ms Shirreffs has broad experience on government boards and committees, including six years as Chair of the Wet Tropics Management Authority and as a Director on the Gold Coast Waterways Authority. In 2012, she was awarded a Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours for outstanding public service to environmental conservation and management in Queensland.

George Seymour

George Seymour, Deputy Chair

Cr George Seymour is the Mayor of the Fraser Coast, where he is actively involved with local historical groups.

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.

Ann-Marie Allan

Ann-Marie Allan

Ms Ann-Marie Allan represents the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) and is a member of the QCU Executive.

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 47 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.

Melissa Barnett

Melissa Barnett

Ms Melissa Barnett is a past president of the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN). Ms Melissa Barnett is a cattle and wine producer who manages a farmstay business on her husband’s family’s State heritage-listed property, Taabinga Station, located in the South Burnett region. Ms Barnett is a freelance journalist and holds a Bachelor of Art majoring in Art History, in addition to post graduate qualifications in Information Management, and Writing, Editing and Publishing.

Judy Brien

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.

Marnie Doyle

Marnie Doyle

Cr Marnie Doyle has been an Ipswich City Councillor since March 2020. Marnie was also elected by her peers as the inaugural Deputy Mayor for a term of 12 months. Cr Doyle is the Chair of the Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee, which has overseen the redevelopment of Ipswich Central, including the restoration of the heritage listed Commonwealth Hotel. Cr Doyle is also a member of the Ipswich City Council external Audit and Risk Committee. Prior to her election in 2020, Cr Doyle was a senior lawyer for over two decades with Westpac Banking Corporation’s Institutional Bank and is a member of the Queensland Law Society.

Alice Hampson

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.

Ashleigh Hyland

Ashleigh Hyland

Ashleigh is a proud Anaiwan woman who is a Project Manager at WSP Australia. She supports the delivery of engineering services to clients across various sectors including bridges, structures, and maritime. She is uniquely placed, as an Aboriginal woman and engineering professional, holding project management skills, and Aboriginal Affairs experiences. This allows her to influence and direct negotiations on major projects. This includes engaging with Indigenous Australians for positive outcomes in employment, training, partnerships, access, policy, and agreements involving corporate, community and governmental parties. Ashleigh holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental and Sustainability. She also has a professional background and experience in sustainability, climate change and resilience, engagement. Ashleigh is an active member of the WSP Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Advisory Committee.

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, maintenance and assistance with development approvals for 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 Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and a member of 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.

Stuart Lummis

Stuart Lummis

Mr Stuart Lummis has 39 years’ experience as a senior executive in ASX-listed groups, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations. He has extensive expertise in managing complex property portfolios, as Head of Property for the charity “Yourtown”, and formerly as the Director of Building, Planning Facilities and Property with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, responsible for managing more than 450 properties, including 75 heritage-listed places.

Mr Lummis is active on the Boards of several organisations, including Bolton Clarke (formerly RSL Care RDNS), Deaf Services Queensland, Brisbane Markets, National Trust of Australia (Queensland) (NTA(Q)) and Nazareth Australasia Care. He is a member of the Property Council of Queensland and is the Chair of the NTA(Q)’s Heritage & Advocacy Committee and the Chair of the Property Committee for the Sisters of St Joseph.

Mr Lummis has a Bachelor of Economics, Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, a Diploma in Project and Construction Management, and is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Katie McConnel

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.