Creative results in 30 countries over 3 decades
images from diverse project sites
Combining fresh ideas with an informed understanding of a site, and its potential, makes a world of difference.
Cultural heritage site planning is strategic. It’s based on respecting integrity and authenticity, and enhancing a place to conserve its qualities and activate its purpose.
Consulting services include:
- Site conservation and management plans
- Adaptive re-use and feasibility studies
- Site significance and impact assessments
- Cultural heritage management training
- Standards and guidelines for site practices
- Destination and visitor experience strategies
- Cultural tourism, heritage trail and interpretation plans
- Project management and team facilitation
A bit about …
I'm a Canadian and an Australian, now living near Wakefield, Québec, Canada. Enjoying challenges, I've been a part of over 100 projects that are wildly different, yet all interconnected with their heart in cultural heritage. Overseeing demanding projects in diverse cultural contexts requires understanding, adaptability and tenacity. I've been in private consulting practice for decades, and have also held senior staff positions with international philanthropic organizations, such as the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles.
Where I Work
I've lived on 5 continents, undertaking projects on diverse international sites ~ urban centres, industrial complexes, parks and national monuments. Recent projects have focused on aligning cultural tourism practices to resource protection and heritage interpretation.
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I work in many capacities: cultural tourism planner, architectural conservator, project manager, heritage resource management specialist and educator. My roles are flexible: I undertake independent assignments, or will lead the efforts of a team, or can also be a collaborating team member. All projects are interdisciplinary. As a field specialist, I enjoy developing and turning well laid plans into sustainable results.
I work with site staff, specialist teams, management and stakeholder communities. My clients are diverse, and for example, have included:
- Chemonics International for the US Agency for International Development
- The Japan Bank for International Cooperation with the Asian Development Bank
- The National Trust for Canada, The National Trust of Australia
- ICOMOS International Secretariat, World Heritage Site Advisor
- Parks Canada
- The Greater Amman Municipality, Jordan
- World Monuments Fund
- Interdisciplinary Consultancies - regionally, nationally and internationally
Key to Success
Adaptability and creative approaches advance success, but comprehensive planning and responsiveness to people and their priorities make the difference. In all stages, my approach is resourceful, rational and site specific. My architectural conservation work minimizes intervention in historic fabric. My planning work is strategic, and developed to enable long term results with clear management directives.
Assess. Plan. Activate.
The following summarizes a few of my projects. More project site photos and descriptions can be found by selecting a location from the bottom menu.
Petra World Heritage Site, Jordan
Team Leader for Petra based collaborative projects including the Operational Priorities Plan, the Petra Trails Plan, the Petra Conservation Action Plan, Archaeological Research and Excavation Regulatory Guidelines and the Beidha Visitor Interpretation Plan. Work has been undertaken since 2009 for the Chemonics / USAID Building Economic Sustainability Through Tourism Project in partnership with the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority and others.
Bagan Region Villages, Mandalay Division, Myanmar
Team member in the Community Development and Income Generation Programs Project for 5 villages in the Bagan / Nyaung U District. The study defines strategies for economic development, community resilience and shared stewardship of cultural heritage resources. Undertaken with G. Hirata + Associates for the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction with the Asian Development Bank, in partnership with Myanmar's Ministry of Cooperatives and Mandalay Division authorities.
The Amman Citadel Urban Historic Park, Jordan
Team Leader for planning and development work to transform a downtown archaeological site into a renown national attraction. This included completing the country's first participatory Site Conservation and Management Plan, and directing the Citadel Visitor Improvement Project. The site improvements recovered parts of the site's significance and introduced pathways, signage, a visitor arrival and amenities gateway, lighting, parking and event staging areas. Undertaken from 2007-2010 with Chemonics / USAID Siyaha Tourism Development Project, Greater Amman Municipality, Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and the Department of Antiquities.
Natural + Cultural Heritage Sites, West Bank, Palestine
The Lead Sites consultant for the Heritage Sites Tourism Appraisal as a part of the Guide for Site Development in the West Bank, centred on assessing natural and cultural sites for readiness, value chain potential and competitive impacts of business environment reform. Field work was conducted in 2012-2013 with DAI / USAID Compete Project in partnership with the National Tourism Working Group and the Ministry of Archaeology and Cultural Heritage.
Jerash / Gerasa Archaeological Site, Jordan
Team Leader and site implementation advisor for the Visitor Presentation and Site Improvement Plan, and the site's Standard Operating Procedures. Plans included the revitalization of the Visitor Centre, changes in site pathways, introduction of interpretive signage and integration of restoration work to the built and natural heritage. Undertaken as part of the Chemonics / USAID Siyaha Tourism Development Project in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and the Department of Antiquities.
Marrakech Medina, Urban Conservation, Morocco
Team Leader for the Urban Conservation Strategy and its implementation. Project design and execution of conservation / rehabilitation of medina sites forming the stimuli for local urban revitalization initiatives. Work undertaken from 2000-2004 whilst ARCH Foundation's Conservation Director, with diverse local and international partners.
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Wakefield (Lascelles), Québec, Canada