The Board

AusHeritage is managed by a Board of Directors comprising:

  • Chair Vinod Daniel
  • Deputy Chair Roger Beeston
  • Deputy Chair Peter Romey
  • Deputy Chair Heather Brown
  • Treasurer Graham Ormsby
  • Secretary Robyn Riddett
  • Other directors Keir Reeves, Alex Marsden, Marcelle Scott and David Huxtable

Chair Vinod Daniel

Vinod Daniel is the “Chairman of the Board” for “AusHeritage”, Vice Chairman” of the International Council of Museums-Committee for Conservation, “President of the Board” for the Australian operations of the Centre for Environmental Education, Director of Brien Holden Vision (India) Pvt Ltd, CEO of India Vision Institute, CEO of IndHeritage Pvt Ltd and CEO of Daniel Heritage Services Pvt Ltd.

He was a “Board Member” of the Australia India Council (part of the Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade) for the period 2005-2011, “Head of Cultural Heritage and Science Initiatives Branch” at the Australian Museum (2004-2011), Head of Centre for Material Conservation and the Built Environment (1996-2004) and a Senior Fellow at the Getty Conservation Institute (1991-1995)

He has Masters Degrees in Chemistry from the Texas Christian University and Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney (2011), Adjunct Professional Associate at the University of Canberra (2005-07) and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University (2005-07)

He was awarded the 2009 Indo-Australian Award for Meritorious Service by the Indo Australian Association and the 2011 International Relations Award by the International Council of Museums (Australia). He has worked on projects in over forty countries, published and presented over 70 professional papers and has been regularly interviewed by the media especially in India.

Deputy Chair Roger Beeston, RBA Architects and Conservation Consultants Pty Ltd

Roger Beeston is the founding director of the award winning, Melbourne-based private practice, RBA Architects + Conservation Consultants, which was established in 1994. Roger has been a member of AusHeritage since 1998 and a Board member and Deputy Chair for over 8 years, during which time he has participated in several missions, including to India, Myanmar, Brunei and China.

Roger is a Registered Architect and an Associate of the Australian Institute of Architects(AIA) where he has served as a Jury Chair and Member for the AIA Awards, as well as being a past recipient of the AIA John George Knight Award for Heritage Architecture on multiple occasions. Roger is also a long standing member of The Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand,the National Trust of Australia and Australia ICOMOS and served for several years on the Cultural Heritage Academic Advisory Board at Deakin University, Geelong.

During over 20 years experience as a conservation architect and heritage management consultant in private practice, Roger has worked on a wide variety of heritage places, including lighthouses, railway stations, town halls, hospitals, goals, large scale and modest residences and entire municipalities. Past projects have involved sites ranging in scale from Melbourne’s famous late 20th century Vault sculpture through to the major refurbishment works at Parliament House of Victoria.

By continuing to engage in the contemporary building industry as well as the field of heritage conservation and management, Roger has acquired detailed expertise in traditional and new building technologies, enabling him to develop authentic and sustainable remedial conservation strategies. In addition, through exposure to international debate on conservation practice Roger has acquired a keen grasp of evolving conservation management practice.

Roger is passionate about engaging in the Asia Pacific region in the field of heritage conservation.

Deputy Chair Peter Romey

Peter Romey is a partner at Godden Mackay Logan, Australia’s largest heritage consulting firm. Peter has more than 30 years working in the heritage conservation field, both as a consultant and in government. He joined GML in 2006 and became a Partner in 2008, specialising in major development involving heritage issues. From 1999 to 2006 he was Director, Conservation and Infrastructure at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania, responsible for the application of best practice conservation methodology in conserving a cultural site which has now been inscribed on the World Heritage List as a component of the Australian Convict Sites serial listing. From 1992 until 1999 he was the Planning Manager (Heritage) at the City of Sydney, responsible for the development of strategic heritage planning as well as the provision of advice to the Council in regard to significant development projects within Central Sydney. Peter’s previous roles include Senior Heritage Specialist and Acting Deputy Manager at the NSW Heritage Branch and as an architect in private practice.

Peter’s skills include the resolution of heritage issues and the development of practical solutions for major redevelopment proposals for both urban and rural sites which include heritage items. He has particular expertise in the significance assessment and management of heritage buildings and places, including the preparation of conservation management plans, heritage studies and heritage impact statements. He also appears as an expert witness at the NSW Land and Environment Court.

Peter is a former Vice President of Australia ICOMOS, currently a member of the Australia ICOMOS National Executive Committee, and is the Convenor of the Editorial Committee of Historic Environment, the journal of the organisation. He has served on a number of heritage panels and committees, including the NSW Heritage Council Archaeology Panel, the Tasmanian Heritage Council Works Approvals Committee and the NationBuilding Task Force Panel.

Deputy Chair Heather Brown, Artlab Australia

Treasurer Graham Ormsby, Ormsby Design Group

Secretary Robyn Riddett, Director, Anthemion Group


Keir Reeves

Professor Keir Reeves currently holds a research chair of at Federation University Australia and the foundation director of the Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History (CRCAH). Keir is a trustee of the Museum of Chinese Australian History and has also previously served on the board Member Goldfields Tourism Inc. He recently served as the Historian Member of the Heritage Council of Victoria for two terms and was the Chair of the Victorian Maritime Heritage Advisory Committee, July 2009 – June 2015. Other key service to the profession included acting as an Australian Research Council Assessor in heritage, history, historical archaeology and tourism disciplines, member of the board of Australian Historical Studies, Public Records Office Victoria stakeholders committee member and a member of the Forum UNESCO-University and Heritage International Network.

Keir’s previous principal teaching and research positions have been at the University of Melbourne and Monash and have been in cultural heritage, cultural tourism and Australian History. Professional positions include an Australian Research Council (ARC) Postdoctoral Fellowship Industry at the University of Melbourne, a five year Monash fellowship (later senior Monash Fellowship) as well as Chief Investigator roles on four ARC Projects. He has also been Visiting Fellow to Clare Hall Cambridge, a Visiting Researcher at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, a Senior Rydon Fellow and Bicentennial Fellowships at King’s College London and a pre-doctoral visiting fellowship at Green College, UBC, Canada.

Alex Marsden

Alex is Director of Alex Marsden Cultural Services and the National Director of Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA).

Alex is a strategic designer, arts and cultural policy expert, and cultural heritage advocate and adviser. She has a diverse background in public policy, strategic design and cultural heritage management, linked by a primary focus on people, culture and values. Trained as an historian, she has worked in museums, the non-government sector, heritage agencies and key national public policy departments.

In 2012 Alex was seconded from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to the pilot Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design (DesignGov). She was instrumental in co-creating a collaborative, experimental place which explored and communicated the value of design thinking and citizen-centred approaches to complex problems facing the public sector and institutions.

In 2014 Alex left the public sector and established her business to focus on using design thinking to explore ideas, solve problems and expand approaches to heritage management, cultural policy and museum practice. In March 2015 Alex was appointed to the position of National Director of AMaGA, the national membership association and peak industry body for the museums sector, which is committed to support, promote and advocate for Australia’s arts, culture and heritage. She is an inspiring leader of cultural organisations and teams, and has designed and delivered major national projects on improving Indigenous participation and representation in museums, and enabling better digital access to collections. Having successfully led AMaGA during COVID-19, she will be stepping down from this position at the end of 2020 to contribute in different ways to museums and cultural policy and practice throughout the region.

Marcelle Scott, University of Melbourne Conservation Service

Marcelle Scott is a conservator with over thirty years experience across the heritage sector, working in State institutions and with community museums, and has tertiary qualifications in cultural materials conservation, archaeology, and university teaching. She has been past President of Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM) and Editor of the AICCM Bulletin, and in 2007 she was a Conservation Guest Scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute. In 2015 she was honoured to receive the AICCM Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Conservation Profession, and the Award for Outstanding Research in the Field of Material Conservation. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Grimwade Centre where her research focuses on conservation theory, ethics, and pedagogy, examined in her research through a citizen conservation model. She joined the Board of AusHeritage in 2006.

David Huxtable

David Huxtable is the Director of LookEar Pty Ltd. He has worked in the natural and cultural heritage interpretation sector for more than twenty five years throughout Australia and internationally.

Throughout this time, David has focused on developing inventive interpretation that establishes a structure between a site, its significance, its stories and the people who visit it. This involves careful and thorough interpretive planning and design, combined with an enthusiasm to foster new and innovative approaches.

David’s skills in heritage interpretive planning and design include concept development and research, creating succinct and engaging interpretive presentations from complex material, utilising both tangible and intangible objects in interpretive exhibition design, and utilising all forms of media to present the interpretive stories. David has extensive experience in communicating these ideas with key stakeholders and receiving their input, including several projects involving close consultation with local Aboriginal communities.

Individual members contribute to the common identity but are free then to respond either individually or collectively to particular project opportunities.