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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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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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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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Simone Morrison

Business Operations Manager

Simone brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to AHS from her 20+ years’ experience in Operations, including within the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

She specialises in customer service, quality assurance, workflow planning, process improvements and project management.

Simone works hand in hand with the AHS team and our clients to ensure a smooth and timely project experience from inception through to completion.

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Julia Pritchard

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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Amy Aitken

Senior Heritage Consultant

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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Samantha Stephens

Heritage Consultant

Samantha is a qualified archaeologist and heritage consultant with experience in both Indigenous and historic heritage.

At AHS she has worked in consultation, fieldwork and report writing including Conservation Management Plans (CMP), Cultural Heritage Assessments (CHA), Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), and Archival Recordings.

She is currently completing her honours with a focus on the methodological approach to identifying archaeological fish bone assemblages.

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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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Fletcher Webster

Heritage Consultant

Fletcher has a Bachelor of Arts with an extended major in Archaeology and a minor in Geography from the University of Queensland. He is completing further honour level studies at UQ with a focus on stone tool technology and lithics.

He has worked closely with Indigenous groups and is experienced in archaeological field methods, geographic information systems, cultural heritage inspections, and the identification of stone tools and other artefactual material.

Fletcher also has many years’ experience of customer service and management roles in the recreation and logistics industries.

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Zoe Bridge

Heritage Consultant (FNQ)

Zoe is a heritage consultant based in AHS’s Far North Queensland office in Cairns.

She holds post-graduate qualifications and PhD Candidature from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Zoe’s background is in environmental history and heritage preservation, alongside her experiences working in Queensland and the Pacific Islands.

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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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Theresa Moloney

Office Manager

Tess uses her extensive experience in banking and finance, office management, accounts, and payroll functions as well as excellent organisation and time management skills to oversee the smooth operation of the AHS office and team.

She works closely with Traditional Owners, successfully administering the daily operations needed to support our Service Provision requirements.

Tess has many years’ experience in privacy compliance and interpreting government legislation as well as capability around the development of company policies and procedures.

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Renee Gray

Administration Assistant

Renee works closely with the AHS Office Manager to assist with the day to day running of our office, including accounting functions, booking field trips for our technical team, and account management.

She has a background in Hospitality Management and extensive customer service experience.

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

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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.

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.

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.

Simone Morrison
Business Operations Manager

Simone brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to AHS from her 20+ years’ experience in Operations, including within the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

She specialises in customer service, quality assurance, workflow planning, process improvements and project management.

Simone works hand in hand with the AHS team and our clients to ensure a smooth and timely project experience from inception through to completion.

Julia Pritchard
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. 

Amy Aitken
Senior Heritage Consultant

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.

Samantha Stephens
Heritage Consultant

Samantha is a qualified archaeologist and heritage consultant with experience in both Indigenous and historic heritage.

At AHS she has worked in consultation, fieldwork and report writing including Conservation Management Plans (CMP), Cultural Heritage Assessments (CHA), Heritage Impact Statements (HIS), and Archival Recordings.

She is currently completing her honours with a focus on the methodological approach to identifying archaeological fish bone assemblages.

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.

Fletcher Webster
Heritage Consultant

Fletcher has a Bachelor of Arts with an extended major in Archaeology and a minor in Geography from the University of Queensland. He is completing further honour level studies at UQ with a focus on stone tool technology and lithics.

He has worked closely with Indigenous groups and is experienced in archaeological field methods, geographic information systems, cultural heritage inspections, and the identification of stone tools and other artefactual material.

Fletcher also has many years’ experience of customer service and management roles in the recreation and logistics industries.

Zoe Bridge
Heritage Consultant (FNQ)

Zoe is a heritage consultant based in AHS’s Far North Queensland office in Cairns.

She holds post-graduate qualifications and PhD Candidature from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Zoe’s background is in environmental history and heritage preservation, alongside her experiences working in Queensland and the Pacific Islands.

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.

Theresa Moloney
Office Manager

Tess uses her extensive experience in banking and finance, office management, accounts, and payroll functions as well as excellent organisation and time management skills to oversee the smooth operation of the AHS office and team.

She works closely with Traditional Owners, successfully administering the daily operations needed to support our Service Provision requirements.

Tess has many years’ experience in privacy compliance and interpreting government legislation as well as capability around the development of company policies and procedures.

Renee Gray
Administration Assistant

Renee works closely with the AHS Office Manager to assist with the day to day running of our office, including accounting functions, booking field trips for our technical team, and account management.

She has a background in Hospitality Management and extensive customer service experience.

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

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.