Jim Gard’ner | Director
Jim is a registered architect with more than 20 years’ experience across the private, government and community sectors specializing in urban planning, development and major projects approvals as well as heritage policy, conservation and advocacy. Jim has worked on heritage places of local, state, national and World Heritage significance in Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom as well as heritage policy development and program implementation. From 2009-2012 Jim served as the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria and from 2012-2015 he worked as the Executive Director, Statutory Planning and Heritage within the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). Significant recent projects include:
- Commencement of the Central City Built Form Review and implementation of interim planning controls
- Commencement of the assessment of the Melbourne Metro Rail Project and other major projects under the Environment Effects Act 1978
- Administration of the approval decisions for the East West Link (Eastern Section) under the Major Transport Project Facilitation Act 2009
- Oversight of more than $5 billion worth of development per annum where the Minister for Planning is the Responsible Authority
- Deciding on more than $3 billion worth of works to places and objects on the Victorian Heritage Register as the Executive Director, Heritage Victoria.
- Implementation of more than 500 planning scheme amendments per annum including many affecting the heritage overlay.
Renae Jarman | Director
Renae is an experienced built environment professional with over 10 years’ experience in urban planning and heritage management. Most recently she served as the Operations Manager at Heritage Victoria. In this capacity, Renae oversaw the assessment, registration and permit functions of Heritage Victoria. Significant recent projects include:
- Overseeing the assessment of over 200 places for Victorian Heritage Register consideration, including the assessment and Ministerial call in for Royal Park
- Advising on heritage impacts and implications for East West Link (Eastern Section) and the Melbourne Metro Rail Project
- Management of major development proposals including the Pentridge Prison re-development, the Hotel Windsor re-development, the Mount Buffalo Chalet and the Kinnears Rope Works re-developments
- Preparation and presentation of submissions on behalf of the Executive Director at numerous hearings of the Heritage Council of Victoria, including: Mayday Hills, Oriental Hotel, Total House, and the former Land Titles Office
- Leading the preparation and review of the Heritage Council’s Victorian Heritage Register Criteria and Thresholds Guidelines
- Assisting in the development and implementation of the World Heritage Environs Area Strategy Plan for the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.
Leo Martin | Director
Leo is a former lawyer and urban planner and has a doctorate in Australian History from the University of Melbourne. He has worked as a planning and property lawyer for Deacons (Norton Rose Fulbright) and as a heritage consultant with Context. From 2011-15 he served as the Manager of the Heritage Council of Victoria’s Secretariat. Within the role Leo oversaw the addition of over 100 places to the Victorian Heritage Register and managed over 50 Heritage Council hearings. Significant projects have included:
- The Heritage Council reports in relation to the Ministerial call ins of the Royal Park registration appeal and the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour permit appeal
- The preparation of the World Heritage Management Plan for the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
- The delivery of many Heritage Council registration hearing decisions including: Gough Whitlam’s House, the Oriental Hotel, the Nugget Polish Factory, the Banyule Flats Parklands, Cockatoo Kindergarten and Total House.
- The delivery of several Heritage Council permit appeal decisions including: the Land Titles Office, Mayday Hills, and the Foy and Gibson Complex.
- Oversight of significant Heritage Council project work including – the Landscapes of Cultural Heritage Significance: Assessment Guidelines and the development of a ‘shared values’ methodology for assessing heritage places that also have particular significance to the Aboriginal community
- The development of a raft of protocols to inform and guide the Heritage Council’s hearings process.
Jessi Briggs | Associate
Jessi is a heritage consultant and historian, specialising in built heritage. She has extensive experience in historical research and the identification and assessment of cultural heritage and worked as a heritage consultant at Context from 2011-15. Jessi has a diverse set of skills and is able to provide advice in relation to the preparation of heritage assessments, conservation management plans, planning scheme amendments, the assessment of archaeological sites, online community engagement and the interpretation of heritage places. Jessi has extensive experience undertaking historical research into localities, places and people and is also proficient at GIS mapping.
Ros Coleman | Associate
Ros is a highly experienced Heritage Consultant and Architectural Historian and a qualified architect. She has over 30 years experience in undertaking local heritage studies, heritage assessments for state-level significance and the preparation of Conservation Management Plans. Prior to starting with GJM Heritage Ros worked in the assessments team at Heritage Victoria. In that capacity she undertook over 200 assessments for places that had been nominated to the Victorian Heritage Register. Ros has a sophisticated understanding of issues around heritage identification and management.