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Australian Heritage Specialists has assembled a team of top professionals with decades of experience, industry recognition and long established relationships. We have the capability and expertise to provide any heritage service within Australia and New Zealand, with our permanently employed team of specialists.

Benjamin Gall (M.ICOMOS)

Managing Director | Principal Consultant

Ben is highly regarded for his ability to negotiate quality outcomes for his clients, delivering strategic results for a multitude of heritage places across Australasia including restorative and adaptive re-use of buildings and management advice for all heritage places entered at local, State or Commonwealth level. Ben has extensive experience running multi-disciplined teams of professionals and has served on multiple industry boards and consultancy panels over the past three decades.

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Linda Gall

Director, Business Services

Linda is well known for delivering appropriate content and capability within workspaces, often in challenging timeframes. She has extensive experience managing corporate and government sector needs within complex environments. Her expertise includes workplace training and improving business processes, including cultural heritage, workplace health and building safety. Linda is also a qualified teacher.

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Ann Wallin

Principal Consultant

Ann’s 25 years of industry experience embraces all facets of heritage, including archaeological and historical survey work, excavations and Aboriginal community consultation through to management of large scale mining and infrastructure programs. A trusted adviser to a wide range of clients and community groups, her cultural heritage work has included major briefs for government agencies, Aboriginal communities, environmental and engineering planning companies.

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Julia Pritchard

Senior Heritage Consultant | Historian

Julia is a historian and researcher with a background in museological studies and post-graduate qualifications from the University of Queensland. As a cultural heritage consultant, Julia has prepared various Conservation Management Plans, Heritage Impact Statements, Interpretation Plans, Archival Recordings, Microscopic Paint Analyses, thematic studies and reviews for local governments, planning scheme reviews, linear corridor studies, Scoping Studies which included both historical and archaeological assessments, and also Due Diligence assessments for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.

She is highly competent in the contextual analysis of heritage matters and detailed planning of redevelopment projects within key public and privately owned local and State registered places. Furthermore, Julia has facilitated various Exemption Certificates and Development Approvals, liaising directly with the Department of Environment and Science and local government authorities.

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Fiona Calladine

Senior Heritage Consultant | Archaeologist

Fiona is a Senior Archaeologist based in AHS’s Far North Queensland office in Cairns.  Fiona has been involved with numerous projects that have delivered high level outcomes for a wide variety of cultural heritage sites and places within Australia and internationally. Fiona was previously employed as a Project Officer (Archaeology) for the Environment Protection Agency (now the Department of Environment and Science).  Fiona has been previously employed in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Cultural Heritage roles in both Queensland and Victoria.

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Amy Aitken

Senior Heritage Consultant | Archaeologist

Amy is a qualified archaeologist who has post graduate qualifications with Dean’s Commendations, First Class Honours, the UQCHU Honours Prize in Archaeology and a University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship. Amy has a detailed knowledge of archaeological and cultural heritage frameworks for both Historic and Indigenous (Aboriginal) within Australia cultural heritage and is trained in artefactual and site-based analysis and interpretation.

She has been involved in consultation, fieldwork and technical report writing aspects of historical and Aboriginal cultural heritage projects including the preparation of Conservation Management Plans (CMP), Cultural Heritage Assessments (CHA), Agreements, Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), Planning Scheme Reviews, Scoping Studies, Archaeological Excavation and Survey reports, Archival Recordings, Condition and Monitoring reports, Historical Paint Analyses (HPAs), and work activity methodologies. Amy has also prepared numerous Exemption Certificates (EC), Development Applications (DA) and minor variation applications, which have involved liaising directly with Department of Environment and Science (DES) cultural heritage officers.

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Tania Metcher (M.ICOMOS)

Senior Heritage Consultant | Heritage Landscape Architect

Tania is a Senior Landscape Architect with qualifications in cultural heritage management. Tania has significant experience in landscape evaluation, including assessment of scenic amenity and landscape character, cultural and heritage landscapes and visual impact assessments. She has extensive project experience in assessing local and regional landscapes, and policy development to ensure their protection as part of strategic planning frameworks, as well as more complex assessments under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and World Heritage assessments in terms of internationally recognised criteria.

Tania also has experience in cultural heritage assessments of State and local heritage-listed places, based on the criteria of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and the Burra Charter 2013. Since joining AHS in 2019, Tania has completed Conservation Management Plans (CMPs), Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), Archival Recordings and Historic Paint Analyses and she has appeared as an expert witness in landscape heritage matters in Brisbane.

Tania is one of only several Landscape Architects in Queensland who is a full member of ICOMOS.

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Owen Budd

Archaeologist

Owen is experienced in archaeological fieldwork and genealogy research and brings significant skills to the team through his specialist knowledge of stone tools. Currently working on a variety of archaeological field projects in Queensland, he is completing his Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) at the University of Queensland. He is also the founder of the Zambujal Bronze Age Reenactment Group.

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Rebecca Keim

Archaeologist

Rebecca has a background in archaeology and palaeoanthropology with extensive experience in a range of museum and field roles including excavation, heritage preservation, collection management and exhibitions. Her experience from previous roles in state and federal government agencies, including customer service roles, is highly valued by clients.

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Samantha Stephens

Archaeologist

Damian Wood

Archaeologist

Tess Moloney

Administrative Co-Ordinator

Benjamin Gall (M.ICOMOS)
Managing Director | Principal Consultant

Ben is highly regarded for his ability to negotiate quality outcomes for his clients, delivering strategic results for a multitude of heritage places across Australasia including restorative and adaptive re-use of buildings and management advice for all heritage places entered at local, State or Commonwealth level. Ben has extensive experience running multi-disciplined teams of professionals and has served on multiple industry boards and consultancy panels over the past three decades.

Linda Gall
Director, Business Services

Linda is well known for delivering appropriate content and capability within workspaces, often in challenging timeframes. She has extensive experience managing corporate and government sector needs within complex environments. Her expertise includes workplace training and improving business processes, including cultural heritage, workplace health and building safety. Linda is also a qualified teacher.

Ann Wallin
Principal Consultant

Ann’s 25 years of industry experience embraces all facets of heritage, including archaeological and historical survey work, excavations and Aboriginal community consultation through to management of large scale mining and infrastructure programs. A trusted adviser to a wide range of clients and community groups, her cultural heritage work has included major briefs for government agencies, Aboriginal communities, environmental and engineering planning companies.

Julia Pritchard
Senior Heritage Consultant | Historian

Julia is a historian and researcher with a background in museological studies and post-graduate qualifications from the University of Queensland. As a cultural heritage consultant, Julia has prepared various Conservation Management Plans, Heritage Impact Statements, Interpretation Plans, Archival Recordings, Microscopic Paint Analyses, thematic studies and reviews for local governments, planning scheme reviews, linear corridor studies, Scoping Studies which included both historical and archaeological assessments, and also Due Diligence assessments for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage.

She is highly competent in the contextual analysis of heritage matters and detailed planning of redevelopment projects within key public and privately owned local and State registered places. Furthermore, Julia has facilitated various Exemption Certificates and Development Approvals, liaising directly with the Department of Environment and Science and local government authorities.

Fiona Calladine
Senior Heritage Consultant | Archaeologist

Fiona is a Senior Archaeologist based in AHS’s Far North Queensland office in Cairns.  Fiona has been involved with numerous projects that have delivered high level outcomes for a wide variety of cultural heritage sites and places within Australia and internationally. Fiona was previously employed as a Project Officer (Archaeology) for the Environment Protection Agency (now the Department of Environment and Science).  Fiona has been previously employed in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous Cultural Heritage roles in both Queensland and Victoria.

Amy Aitken
Senior Heritage Consultant | Archaeologist

Amy is a qualified archaeologist who has post graduate qualifications with Dean’s Commendations, First Class Honours, the UQCHU Honours Prize in Archaeology and a University Medal for Outstanding Scholarship. Amy has a detailed knowledge of archaeological and cultural heritage frameworks for both Historic and Indigenous (Aboriginal) within Australia cultural heritage and is trained in artefactual and site-based analysis and interpretation.

She has been involved in consultation, fieldwork and technical report writing aspects of historical and Aboriginal cultural heritage projects including the preparation of Conservation Management Plans (CMP), Cultural Heritage Assessments (CHA), Agreements, Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), Planning Scheme Reviews, Scoping Studies, Archaeological Excavation and Survey reports, Archival Recordings, Condition and Monitoring reports, Historical Paint Analyses (HPAs), and work activity methodologies. Amy has also prepared numerous Exemption Certificates (EC), Development Applications (DA) and minor variation applications, which have involved liaising directly with Department of Environment and Science (DES) cultural heritage officers.

Tania Metcher (M.ICOMOS)
Senior Heritage Consultant | Heritage Landscape Architect

Tania is a Senior Landscape Architect with qualifications in cultural heritage management. Tania has significant experience in landscape evaluation, including assessment of scenic amenity and landscape character, cultural and heritage landscapes and visual impact assessments. She has extensive project experience in assessing local and regional landscapes, and policy development to ensure their protection as part of strategic planning frameworks, as well as more complex assessments under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and World Heritage assessments in terms of internationally recognised criteria.

Tania also has experience in cultural heritage assessments of State and local heritage-listed places, based on the criteria of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992 and the Burra Charter 2013. Since joining AHS in 2019, Tania has completed Conservation Management Plans (CMPs), Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), Archival Recordings and Historic Paint Analyses and she has appeared as an expert witness in landscape heritage matters in Brisbane.

Tania is one of only several Landscape Architects in Queensland who is a full member of ICOMOS.

Owen Budd
Archaeologist

Owen is experienced in archaeological fieldwork and genealogy research and brings significant skills to the team through his specialist knowledge of stone tools. Currently working on a variety of archaeological field projects in Queensland, he is completing his Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) at the University of Queensland. He is also the founder of the Zambujal Bronze Age Reenactment Group.

Rebecca Keim
Archaeologist

Rebecca has a background in archaeology and palaeoanthropology with extensive experience in a range of museum and field roles including excavation, heritage preservation, collection management and exhibitions. Her experience from previous roles in state and federal government agencies, including customer service roles, is highly valued by clients.

Samantha Stephens
Archaeologist

Damian Wood
Archaeologist

Tess Moloney
Administrative Co-Ordinator

Our Company


Australian Heritage Specialists is a leading cultural heritage consultancy providing effective solutions for a wide range of heritage projects and issues throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Our highly skilled professionals have played instrumental roles in some of the country’s most culturally significant projects over the past 25 years, highlighting our experience and reputation for strategic, ethical and cost-effective advice.

Our services cover all aspects of cultural heritage, with an award-winning team of archaeologists, built heritage and community consultation specialists, historians, and project managers experienced in all facets of the industry including government, mining, infrastructure, residential and commercial sectors.

From expert cultural heritage advice to conservation management plans and assessments, architectural history, archaeology, Aboriginal heritage, cultural awareness training, and interpretive signage and displays, our expertise is as diverse as our clients.

Based in Brisbane, Australian Heritage Specialists is a privately-owned business and our managing director Benjamin Gall and principal consultant Ann Wallin are among Australia’s most respected cultural heritage specialists, who work across Australia and New Zealand.

Committed to understanding the goals of our clients and delivering the best options and advice, our work meets the necessary legal and best-practice parameters. Contact us for a free consultation on your project.

Contact Australian Heritage Specialists for a free consultation for your project from one of our award-winning consultants.