"I believe that above all, the Trust needs to be the strategic authority for advocacy and conservation, and we need to arm ourselves with resources, knowledge and experts to ensure that. Whenever or wherever there is an important heritage issue we need to be at the forefront of best practice and to be sought out as the providers of information and as the ultimate aficionado."

Mr Simon Ambrose, CEO

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Simon Ambrose

Chief Executive Officer

Simon brings to the Trust an essential mix of heritage experience, arts management and commercial understanding.

With such a broad range of sites, Simon’s early Farm Management studies at Muresk Agricultural College and his work at the WA Department of Agriculture bring an informed and sensitive understanding to his role at the Trust.

Further Arts Management study at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts led to a role as Director of the Asia Pacific Multimedia Festival and then as Director of McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park.

With extensive experience in farming, the arts and finally Tourism, through his roles as Director of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre in Katoomba, CEO of the Margaret River Tourism Authority and CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast, Simon can ensure that the Trust continues as a strong, powerful, relevant organisation.

Sherredan Maher

Executive Manager Asset & Conservation

Sherredan joined the Trust in 2007 as a volunteer at Rippon Lea after completing a Bachelor of Arts at La Trobe University. After holding various property managers roles, in 2016 Sherredan became the Trust's Asset Manager and became responsible for all sites across Victoria. Recently Sherredan was appointed Assets and Conservation Manager and now looks after repairs and maintenance, conservation projects and operations across various sites.

Felicity Watson M.ICOMOS

Executive Manager, Advocacy

Felicity joined the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in 2013, and has more than 15 years of experience in public history, heritage management, and advocacy. She is passionate about connecting people, places and stories, and working with communities to protect special places for future generations to enjoy. In 2016, Felicity was appointed manager of the Advocacy Team, leading the development of strategic programs and campaigns to ensure our diverse heritage is protected and respected, contributing to strong, vibrant and prosperous communities. She coordinated the successful nomination of Federation Square in Melbourne to the Victorian Heritage Register, and is also currently leading a campaign to strengthen local heritage protections in Victoria.

Samantha Westbrooke

Conservation Architect

Samantha joined the Trust in 2014 as the Victoria's Heritage Restoration Fund (VHRF) Conservation Architect. She is a registered Architect with over 20 years experience of working in the heritage industry. Samantha has been engaged in all aspects of professional heritage architecture services and has worked in State and Local Government as well as private practice. In 2016 Samantha was appointed the Conservation Architect for the Trust, working in the property team to provide conservation advice and project management with regard to the Trust portfolio as well as maintaining her role as the VHRF Conservation Architect. Samantha is passionate about conserving and maintaining the National Trust’s diverse property portfolio; nurturing heritage trades; providing leadership and education in conservation processes; and re-activating Trust heritage properties in innovative ways.

Justin Buckley

South City Properties & Gardens Manager

Justin joined the Trust as a Qualified Gardener in 1999. In that time he has held various roles across the organisation, including Manager of Horticulture and Projects and Rippon Lea Head Gardener. Currently, Justin oversees the management of all National Trust gardens across Victoria while also managing the heritage sites Rippon Lea, Como, Labassa and Glenfern. Justin is particularly interested in building close connections with the local community to develop the key role heritage will play in our cities and towns of the future.

Emily Howells

Executive Manager, People & Culture
Emily joined the Trust in 2015 and believes in connecting passionate people with passionate work. In 2019 Emily was appointed the Executive Manager of People & Culture in 2019 and is responsible for developing and executing human resources strategies aligned to the business' overall objectives. Emily has a passion for building high performing teams and has been in charge of leading transformational change initiatives, employee engagement, and best practice HR strategies, and has contributed to improved and sustained results for these businesses.
The People & Culture team is committed to producing an inclusive, talented, healthy and safe workplace. Overseeing both staff and volunteer management, we consider our people to be at the heart of what we do.

Anna Daniow

Anna joined the Trust in 2018 as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer, Simon Ambrose. In less than a year, Anna moved into the newly created Senior Management position as the Trust’s Executive and Strategic Advisor. Anna acts as a strategic partner to, and advisor for the CEO and Executive Team, as they work to execute key strategic Initiatives, while importantly increasing the CEO’s reach of engagement with imperative Political, Philanthropic and Industry based leaders. She brings a diverse wealth of arts, cultural and administrative experience with her, having completed a Master of Arts Administration, Curating and Cultural Leadership, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, majoring in Photography, along with having worked in both private and public galleries, and arts and cultural institutions.