Getting involved in advocacy as a member of the National Trust is one way of helping save Queensland's heritage places.

The committee’s role is to assist the National Trust board achieve its objective of being a strong voice for Queensland heritage; and a respected and innovative advocate for Queensland’s natural, built and cultural heritage.

The committee’s priorities are to:

  • Advocate for improved legislation, regulation, management, resourcing, protection, celebration and interpretation of Indigenous, natural and cultural heritage by government at all levels, and with due regard to the Australian Council of National Trust’s role in national issues.
  • Advocate for the protection and conservation of classified and registered places and places with demonstrable heritage significance under threat or at risk of destruction or major and irretrievable loss of significance.
  • Advocate for the identification, protection, conservation and celebration of under-represented and emerging types and classes of heritage places and objects.

The National Trust of Australia (QLD)’s expert advisory committee, the Advocacy Committee members are listed below.


Meet the Advocacy Committee

Stuart Lummis, BEconomics DipProject&Construction Management PostGradDipSecurities Institute PostGradDipAccounting FAICDStuart has over 38 years’ experience as a senior executive within Property Development and Construction, Asset ownership and Facilities Management. He has experience in all facets of property development and asset ownership life cycle. From 2010 until 2016 he was a Queensland Heritage Councillor, and his current role at Brisbane Housing Company sees him having stewardship over two adaptively re-used heritage listed dwellings. He was previously the Director of Property for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane, where he had stewardship of 75 heritage listed properties.
Ray Holyoak, BA Hons GradDip Library & Information StudiesAn historian living in Townsville, Ray is now proudly a consultant on a number of former military sites in the region, and as a member of the Townsville City Council Heritage Advisory Board since 2009, he holds extraordinary insight into north Queensland.
James Sedman, B.Com BIntBus MBus (Applied Finance)James is a passionate advocate, speaker and policy developer, specialising in economic sustainability, equality and financial literacy, heritage and environmental protection, conservation and education, and seniors and disability rights and support.
Andrew Ladlay, BAppSc (Built Environment) GradDipArchAndrew Ladlay is an architect in private practice in Brisbane, with extensive experience in the conservation of places of cultural heritage significance.
Andrew has undertaken a range of work involving conservation planning, assessment, recording, repair and maintenance to heritage places of all types and sizes throughout Queensland for over 20 years. He was appointed by the Queensland Heritage Council as Rural Heritage Advisor from 2006 to 2010, providing practical conservation advice to owners of heritage places.
Andrew is a member of the Australian Institute of Architects and ICOMOS (the International Council on Monuments and Sites). He has been a member of the National Trust since 1989, and has been commissioned by the Trust to provide advice on most of their properties since 2005.
Jen Williams, MMgt(IntBus) BEd BSocScWorking within the property industry for close to a decade, Jen has a keen interest in ensuring our state’s great spaces and places are utilised by the community. Coming from a background in education and policy advisory, Jen is a specialist in advocacy, policy development and communication.
Chris Buckley, BRTP (Hons) LFPIAChris Buckley is a town planner who has worked in Queensland for almost 40 years.
A Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, Chris has held appointments from the Queensland State Government including Chair of the City West Task Force; Member and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Heritage Council; Chair of the Consultative Committee for the SEQ Coastal Plan; and as a member of the Board for Urban Places.
He has held positions in educational support for the Planning Schools at both the Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.
His experience is across all forms of strategic and statutory planning and has involved a long career as an expert witness in the Planning and Environment Court, Land Court and other tribunals where planning evidence is required.
He has worked on development projects in Jakarta, conducted planning training in the Solomon Islands, and helped prepare planning legislation for Timor Leste.
In 2011 he was awarded a National Lifetime Achievement Award by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Jannene Smith, BArchJannene is a Built Heritage Specialist with a working knowledge of the principles of conservation, cultural resource management and heritage planning, with expertise and experience in the protection, conservation, statutory management and presentation of historic places and items. Her professional work has provided her with opportunities to work on some of the most significant heritage places across Australia and a diverse range of sites, from residential houses, industrial places and cultural landscapes facilitating their effective conservation and management and has worked with statutory bodies, key stakeholders and public authorities to effectively resolve heritage challenges. Since moving to Brisbane in December 2013 Jannene has worked as Principal Heritage Officer for the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and developed an awareness of this State’s diverse natural, built and cultural heritage values and the challenges and opportunities of conserving these places.

Contact Heritage Advocacy Committee

07 3223 6666


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