I am a cultural heritage research specialist and practitioner with 30 years’ experience in Australia and overseas. With a PhD in archaeology, my experience includes a broad range of indigenous and non-indigenous archaeological projects, heritage planning, historic site conservation, asset management and cultural heritage research.

As well as leading the NSW branch of a leading Australian cultural heritage company, I am and adjunct Professor at James Cook University. I am currently the Partner Investigator on an ARC Linkage grant with Chief Investigator Simon Foale of JCU. Several year ago , through ‘The Cairns Institute for Social Science Research in the Tropical World’, I successfully applied for funding from the Attorney General's Department to develop a masterclass in Native Title professional development for emergent native title anthropologists.  I then co-ordinated that course for the following 3 years.   

I am a former president of Australia ICOMOS and of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists and act as an expert advisor through ICOMOS to the World Heritage Centre of UNESCO. I am  the immediate past-president of the International Scientific Committee of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICOMOS). My leadership roles in prominent archaeological and heritage non- government organisations attest to my strong standing amongst my professional peers and my reputation as a strong achiever.

I have specialist skills in archaeology, cultural heritage research, heritage training, complex heritage site development and strategic asset management. My expertise includes heritage management advice, expert evidence, archaeological survey and excavation, significance assessment and community engagement regarding heritage projects. I have international and Australian experience in conservation practice and impact assessment including UNESCO monitoring and evaluation missions. I have worked at a senior level in public policy development, government regulatory and management roles, heritage asset management and research—including developing and implementing plans, policy and guidelines—for state and local government and the corporate sector. This included long-term positions with the former NSW Electricity Commission (Pacific Power) as an in-house senior heritage consultant and with the NSW government as the senior manager in NPWS responsible for Aborginal heritage protection across NSW and of non-indigneous heritage on NPWS estate.


  • the archaeology of north Queensland
  • intangible cultural heritage,
  • world heritage processes,
  • the role of cultural practices including ceremony in natural resource management,
  • the impacts of climate change on cultural heritage places and values,
  • Indigenous and other cultural values of natural places.
  • World heritage in PNG
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Socio-Economic Objectives

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The Nakanai Caves Cultural Heritage Project

Indicative Funding
$228,000 over 4 years, in partnership with Archaeloogical & Heritage Management Solutions ($68,100 over 3 yrs)
This project will document and integrate the natural and cultural values of the Nakanai Caves in East New Britain, Papua New Guinea, in preparation for a cultural landscape World Heritage nomination. Our novel methodology incorporates community knowledge with archaeological and anthropological evidence to link natural and cultural values and define the landscape from local perspectives. Local input into the research will be prioritised. By emphasizing local participation and management of World Heritage listing processes we address an identified gap in World Heritage methodologies. Our approach allows for a subtle, nuanced definition of cultural landscapes under the World Heritage Convention.
Simon Foale, Michael Wood, Susan McIntyre-Tamwoy, Colin Filer, Matthew Leavesley, Matthew Kelly and Jim Specht in collaboration with Kenn Mondiai (College of Arts, Society & Education, Archaeological & Heritage Management Solutions, Australian National University, The University of Sydney and Partners with Melanesians Inc)
Papua New Guinea; World Heritage; Cultural Heritage

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.


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