19 Feb 2016

Urbis is proud to congratulate Sydney Heritage Director, Stephen Davies, for his recent appointment as the new Chair of the New South Wales Heritage Council.

With a career spanning over 30 years, Stephen brings significant depth of experience into the Heritage Council, on which he has served since 2014. Stephen is experienced in all aspects of heritage management and has an outstanding record of achievement in the heritage space across both public and private sectors.

“It is a great privilege to take on the chair of the NSW Heritage Council. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to reflect on what the Council has achieved over recent years and prioritise our resources to deliver real outcomes over the next two years,” said Mr Davies.

My immediate priority will be to review the future agenda and work program for the Heritage Council, with a particular focus on sustainability and education, as well as understanding the relationship of aboriginal heritage to the work of the Division.

“My immediate priority will be to work with the members and staff to review the future agenda and work program for the Heritage Council, with a particular focus on sustainability and education, as well as understanding the relationship of aboriginal heritage to the work of the Division,” he added.

Among Stephen’s most notable achievements include his appointment by the Minister for Planning, to a Ministerial Review Panel under the Heritage Act NSW 1977 to provide expert advice on heritage issues relating to Currawong, as well as an Independent Panel of Experts under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Stephen has a unique understanding of the political and administrative decision-making process which was assisted by being an elected member of the Woollahra Council. As a skilled negotiator, he also understands the important role the community plays in achieving heritage outcomes, which he learned first-hand as the former Deputy Director and Head of Conversation for the National Trust of Australia NSW and Victoria from 1988 until 2000.

As Director of Urbis, Stephen established the company’s Heritage practice in 2007 in response to a growing need for a quality heritage consultancy with ‘in house’ Town Planning, Urban Design and Social Planning and Research skills.

His work extends across a wide range of industries including some of Sydney’s high profile heritage conversation projects such as the revitalisation of Circular Quay through the Quay Quarter Precinct, and conservation of the former Kent Brewery site into what is now known as Central Park.

Urbis warmly congratulates Stephen on this recent appointment and firmly believes his stewardship of the Council will result in even more positive outcomes for practical heritage conservation in NSW.

Congratulations, Stephen!

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