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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 | Specialist Advisor

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 (M.ICOMOS)

Team Leader | Senior Heritage Consultant

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.

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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Owen Budd

Senior Heritage Consultant

Owen is an experienced field archaeologist and historical researcher, with more than five years’ experience at AHS working closely with Traditional Owners and clients on a variety of archaeological and historic field programs across Queensland and New South Wales.

He also brings 20 years’ experience to the team through his specialist knowledge of stone tool manufacture, identification, and analysis.

He attained his Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) from The University of Queensland and achieved Honours Class I through his thesis on heat treatment and backed artefact production.

Outside of the office, he is the co-founder, past President and current Vice-President of 2/25th Infantry Battalion Re-Enacted Group; a living history group which educates the public on the battalion’s role during World War Two. 

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Samantha Stephens

Heritage Consultant

Sam is a qualified archaeologist and heritage consultant with a Class I Honours from the University of Queensland. She has an interest in zooarchaeology and the identification of marine faunas from archaeological sites to investigate past subsistence practices, technologies, and environmental interactions.

Sam has experience in consultation with Traditional Owners and stakeholder groups, fieldwork including survey and excavation, along with report writing. As a consultant, she has developed various Conservation Management Plans, Heritage Impact Statements, Archival Recordings, Microscopic Paint Analyses, Fabric Analyses and Due Diligence assessments for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage matters, along with preparing numerous Exemption Certificates and Development Approvals.

Sam enjoys being able to work with a variety of people from different departments and fields within the consulting industry. She especially enjoys getting to research, investigate and interpret Australia’s cultural and historic heritage treasures.

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Damian Wood

Heritage Consultant

Damian is a qualified archaeologist who has post graduate qualifications with First Class Honours specialising in lithic analysis and experimental archaeology.

He has worked on AHS projects across Queensland and New South Wales and is adept at engaging with Traditional Owners, government departments, local councils, and other proponents.

Damian has experience in consultation, fieldwork, and report writing aspects of historical and Aboriginal cultural heritage projects, including the preparation of Conservation Management Plans (CMP), Cultural Heritage Risk Assessments (CHRA), Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), and Archival Recording.

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Mary Lambourne

Heritage Consultant

Mary is a heritage consultant and archaeologist with postgraduate qualifications, a University Medal for outstanding scholarship and a current PhD Candidature from the University of Queensland.

She has experience with both Indigenous and historic heritage and is particularly interested in the study of Indigenous subsistence practices and environmental interactions.

Within the AHS team Mary has been involved in consultation, fieldwork and report writing including Conservation Management Plans (CMP), Cultural Heritage Assessments (CHA), Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), and working with Traditional Owners.

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Aidan Hughes

Heritage Consultant

Aidan joined the AHS team after graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Archaeological Sciences.

He has commenced further honour level studies at Griffith University with a focus on stone tool technology.

Aidan is experienced in archaeological field methods, cultural heritage inspections, and the identification of stone tools and other artefactual material.

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Julia Redshaw

Heritage Consultant

Julia has a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) with a minor in Archaeological Practice from the University of New England (UNE) and is currently completing her Master of Arts (Archaeology) at UNE. She also has a Bachelor of Criminology and a minor in Modern Social History from Murdoch University.

Julia is experienced in archaeological field methods, cultural heritage inspections, and the identification of artefactual materials. Through her work history, Julia has much experience in report writing, conducting field surveys, sketch and digital mapping (QGIS), lithic and bone identification, UAV surveys, historical research, and understanding and implementing relevant heritage legislations and guidelines.

Julia also has many years’ experience in customer service and management roles in the retail industry.

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Finn Tobin

Heritage Consultant

Finn has an Honours degree in Archaeology and a Minor in Ancient History from the University of Queensland. He is specialised in archaeology of animal remains and is particularly interested in the relationship between colonisation and the natural environment. Finn also has experience in European/built archaeology, undertaking research at The Rocks in Sydney previously.

Finn has qualifications in GIS, artefact handling, and archaeological field methods. He has also previously worked as a curatorial assistant in historical Australian collects and has field experience in studying Classical and Late Antique sites in Greece.

On top of his technical skills, and his archaeological and historical experience, Finn has extensive experience in the customer service industry.

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Rebecca Keim

Heritage Consultant

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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Renee Gray

Administration Assistant

Renee works closely with the AHS Team to assist with the day to day running of our office, including account management, invoicing, booking field trips for our technical team, processing payroll and timesheets for the both the AHS Team and Traditional Owner Groups and keeping our records up to date.

She has a qualification in Event Management and Certificates in both Retail and Management. She has many years’ experience in Hospitality Management, Administration and Customer Service.

Renee is also a trained barista, so any visitors to the AHS office can look forward to an outstanding coffee when they arrive at our Brisbane office.

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Sinead Auer

Administration Assistant

Sinead has a Bachelor of Business and is currently in her final semester of her dual Master of Commerce/International Commercial Law. She uses her bookkeeping and accounting experience to assist with the day-to-day running of our office, including accounting functions, account management, and administration support for our technical team. Sinead also has experience as an event manager and has worked extensively in the retail and customer service industry, ensuring that all of our clients’ needs are met expertly and efficiently.

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Kim Burgess

Office Assistant

Kim supports the AHS Administration Team in a casual capacity assisting the team when required. Kim’s has many years of experience in retail, customer service and administration.

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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 | Specialist Advisor

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 (M.ICOMOS)
Team Leader | Senior Heritage Consultant

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.

Julia has facilitated various Exemption Certificates and Development Approvals, liaising directly with the Department of Environment and Science and local government authorities.

Owen Budd
Senior Heritage Consultant

Owen is an experienced field archaeologist and historical researcher, with more than five years’ experience at AHS working closely with Traditional Owners and clients on a variety of archaeological and historic field programs across Queensland and New South Wales.

He also brings 20 years’ experience to the team through his specialist knowledge of stone tool manufacture, identification, and analysis.

He attained his Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) from The University of Queensland and achieved Honours Class I through his thesis on heat treatment and backed artefact production.

Outside of the office, he is the co-founder, past President and current Vice-President of 2/25th Infantry Battalion Re-Enacted Group; a living history group which educates the public on the battalion’s role during World War Two. 

Samantha Stephens
Heritage Consultant

Sam is a qualified archaeologist and heritage consultant with a Class I Honours from the University of Queensland. She has an interest in zooarchaeology and the identification of marine faunas from archaeological sites to investigate past subsistence practices, technologies, and environmental interactions.

Sam has experience in consultation with Traditional Owners and stakeholder groups, fieldwork including survey and excavation, along with report writing. As a consultant, she has developed various Conservation Management Plans, Heritage Impact Statements, Archival Recordings, Microscopic Paint Analyses, Fabric Analyses and Due Diligence assessments for Aboriginal Cultural Heritage matters, along with preparing numerous Exemption Certificates and Development Approvals.

Sam enjoys being able to work with a variety of people from different departments and fields within the consulting industry. She especially enjoys getting to research, investigate and interpret Australia’s cultural and historic heritage treasures.

Damian Wood
Heritage Consultant

Damian is a qualified archaeologist who has post graduate qualifications with First Class Honours specialising in lithic analysis and experimental archaeology.

He has worked on AHS projects across Queensland and New South Wales and is adept at engaging with Traditional Owners, government departments, local councils, and other proponents.

Damian has experience in consultation, fieldwork, and report writing aspects of historical and Aboriginal cultural heritage projects, including the preparation of Conservation Management Plans (CMP), Cultural Heritage Risk Assessments (CHRA), Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), and Archival Recording.

Mary Lambourne
Heritage Consultant

Mary is a heritage consultant and archaeologist with postgraduate qualifications, a University Medal for outstanding scholarship and a current PhD Candidature from the University of Queensland.

She has experience with both Indigenous and historic heritage and is particularly interested in the study of Indigenous subsistence practices and environmental interactions.

Within the AHS team Mary has been involved in consultation, fieldwork and report writing including Conservation Management Plans (CMP), Cultural Heritage Assessments (CHA), Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), and working with Traditional Owners.

Aidan Hughes
Heritage Consultant

Aidan joined the AHS team after graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Archaeological Sciences.

He has commenced further honour level studies at Griffith University with a focus on stone tool technology.

Aidan is experienced in archaeological field methods, cultural heritage inspections, and the identification of stone tools and other artefactual material.

Julia Redshaw
Heritage Consultant

Julia has a Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology) with a minor in Archaeological Practice from the University of New England (UNE) and is currently completing her Master of Arts (Archaeology) at UNE. She also has a Bachelor of Criminology and a minor in Modern Social History from Murdoch University.

Julia is experienced in archaeological field methods, cultural heritage inspections, and the identification of artefactual materials. Through her work history, Julia has much experience in report writing, conducting field surveys, sketch and digital mapping (QGIS), lithic and bone identification, UAV surveys, historical research, and understanding and implementing relevant heritage legislations and guidelines.

Julia also has many years’ experience in customer service and management roles in the retail industry.

Finn Tobin
Heritage Consultant

Finn has an Honours degree in Archaeology and a Minor in Ancient History from the University of Queensland. He is specialised in archaeology of animal remains and is particularly interested in the relationship between colonisation and the natural environment. Finn also has experience in European/built archaeology, undertaking research at The Rocks in Sydney previously.

Finn has qualifications in GIS, artefact handling, and archaeological field methods. He has also previously worked as a curatorial assistant in historical Australian collects and has field experience in studying Classical and Late Antique sites in Greece.

On top of his technical skills, and his archaeological and historical experience, Finn has extensive experience in the customer service industry.

Rebecca Keim
Heritage Consultant

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.

Renee Gray
Administration Assistant

Renee works closely with the AHS Team to assist with the day to day running of our office, including account management, invoicing, booking field trips for our technical team, processing payroll and timesheets for the both the AHS Team and Traditional Owner Groups and keeping our records up to date.

She has a qualification in Event Management and Certificates in both Retail and Management. She has many years’ experience in Hospitality Management, Administration and Customer Service.

Renee is also a trained barista, so any visitors to the AHS office can look forward to an outstanding coffee when they arrive at our Brisbane office.

Sinead Auer
Administration Assistant

Sinead has a Bachelor of Business and is currently in her final semester of her dual Master of Commerce/International Commercial Law. She uses her bookkeeping and accounting experience to assist with the day-to-day running of our office, including accounting functions, account management, and administration support for our technical team. Sinead also has experience as an event manager and has worked extensively in the retail and customer service industry, ensuring that all of our clients’ needs are met expertly and efficiently.

Kim Burgess
Office Assistant

Kim supports the AHS Administration Team in a casual capacity assisting the team when required. Kim’s has many years of experience in retail, customer service and administration.

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.