Members of the Heritage Council

The Heritage Council's membership reflects a cross-section of community, government and conservation expertise.

The Heritage Council carries out functions under the Heritage Act 1977 (NSW) and receives advice and administrative support from the Heritage Division, Department of Premier and Cabinet. The Heritage Council is created by the Heritage Act 1977.

Current membership


Mr Frank Howarth PSM

Deputy Chair

Ms Sheridan Burke


Mr Ian Clarke
Ms Colleen Morris
Ms Louise Thurgood 

Ex-officio members

Mr Brett Whitworth, for Mr Jim Betts, Secretary, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment


Mr Dillon Kombumerri, for Office of the Government Architect

Expressions of Interest for the Heritage Council of NSW

The NSW Government is inviting expressions of interest for membership of the Heritage Council of NSW. 

There are 3 positions that are required to be filled during this process.

We are looking for people with broad knowledge and skills, and with a passion for heritage, including Aboriginal cultural heritage outcomes.

For two positions, we are specifically seeking professional experience in any of the following areas:

  • archaeology
  • NSW or Australian history
  • local government
  • property, planning or environmental law; and
  • rural interests.

For one position, we are seeking persons with qualifications, knowledge and skills relating to Aboriginal cultural heritage. Preference may be given to applicants who are interested to sit on the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee (ACHAC) as the nominee of the Heritage Council of NSW.

The following requirements apply specifically for persons to be appointed to ACHAC:

  • are Aboriginal persons; and
  • are involved in cultural heritage matters in their local communities; and
  • have an understanding of cultural heritage management issues.

For further information, including on how to apply, please download the application kit (PDF 320KB).

More information

For any further enquiries, please contact the Heritage Council of NSW Secretariat via:

Phone: 02 9873 8579 or 1300 361 967 (local call cost)


The closing date for receipt of applications is 11:59pm on Sunday, 1 December 2019.