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Member Profiles: Richard Mackay

MACKAY, Richard

MACKAY, Richard

Mackay Strategic Pty Ltd
P: 0412 673 548
M: 0412 673 548
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Australia; Asia; anytime
* BA (Hons), University of Sydney
* MBA, University of Sydney

Professional Associations and Positions

Full Member, Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc.
Australia ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites).
Associate, Australian Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Australian Archaeological Association.
Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology.
Royal Australian Historical Society.
National Trust of Australia (NSW).
History Council of New South Wales.
Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee, 2009–10, 2015–, Chair 2011–14.
Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee 2006–2011, Chair 2011– .
Port Arthur Conservation Advisory Committee 2015–Present.
State of the Environment 2016—Heritage Theme Author, State of the Environment 2011 Committee—Heritage Chapter Author.
Heritage Council of New South Wales 1999–2001. Alternate 1996–1998.
National Trust of Australia (NSW), Non-Executive Director, 1991–1996.
Archaeological Advisory Panel of NSW Heritage Council, Chair 1989–1993, 1997–2000.
State Heritage Register Committee of NSW Heritage Council, Chair 1997–2001.


  • Site Survey
  • Site Recording
  • Excavation

Special Fields

  • URBAN AND RURAL HISTORIC SITES: site survey, site recording, excavation
  • INDUSTRIAL SITES: site survey, site recording, excavation
  • Industrial archaeology
  • Survey and sampling methodology
  • Cemetery conservation
  • Community consultation
  • Project management and facilitation

Consulting Experience

Richard Mackay is the founder and ‘Director of Possibilities’ at Mackay Strategic.

Richard has worked in cultural heritage management for more than 30 years. He was a founding Partner of GML Heritage Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s leading heritage consulting practices.

Richard was an ICOMOS cultural advisor at the most-recent Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, and is the immediate past Chair of the Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee and current Chair of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Advisory Committee. He was a member of the Australian State of the Environment 2011 Committee, and will also be responsible for the ‘Heritage’ theme of the 2016 Commonwealth State of the Environment report. Richard is also a former member of Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter Working Party, former Non-executive Director of the National Trust in NSW, a former member of the Heritage Council of NSW and was the inaugural Chair of the NSW State Heritage Register Committee.

Richard has extensive skills in facilitation and strategic direction of heritage projects and place management throughout Australia and in Asia. He has worked successfully for government and non-government agencies and corporations, devising innovative but practical solutions to complex cultural heritage challenges at places ranging from Angkor, Cambodia to Sydney’s Luna Park. He has pioneered public archaeology and community participation programs, fostered cultural tourism and sustainable livelihoods, advised senior levels of government, provided expert testimony in multiple jurisdictions and published widely on archaeology, conservation and heritage management.

Richard was the inaugural winner of the Australian Heritage Council ‘Sharon Sullivan Award’ for his contribution to Australia’s national heritage. In 2003 he was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to archaeology and cultural heritage.

Specialist Heritage Advice:
State of Conservation—Cultural Heritage Advisor to the 39th Session of the World Heritage Committee—GML Heritage for International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).
Queensland Heritage Strategy Worksop and Advice to Queensland Heritage Council—GML Heritage for Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.
Tasmanian Historic Cultural Heritage Act Review—GML Heritage for the Government of Tasmania.
Heritage Trades and Professional Training Project—GML Heritage for Heritage Chairs of Australia and NZ.

World Heritage Places:
Kokoda and Owen Stanley Ranges World Heritage Roadmap—GML Heritage for Papua New Guinea Department of Environment and Conservation.
Angkor World Heritage Area, Cambodia, Heritage Management Framework—GML Heritage for: UNESCO and the APSARA National Authority, Royal Government of Cambodia.
Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, Archaeological Excavation—GML Heritage for Museum Victoria.
Kakadu National Park, Historic Sites Survey— GML Heritage for Australian Nature Conservation Agency.

Heritage Management Planning:
Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area, Norfolk Island Heritage Management Plan—GML Heritage for Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area.
The Rocks Heritage Management Plan—GML Heritage for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
Port Arthur Historic Site, Plan of Management—GML Heritage for PAHSMA.
Moore Park Showground, Conservation Strategy—GML Heritage for Fox Studios, Australia.

Casselden Place, Melbourne, Archaeological Excavation—GML Heritage for Industry Super Property Trust.
Parramatta Historical Archaeological Landscape Management Study—GML Heritage for NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.
Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Destitute Children’s Asylum Cemetery—GML Heritage for South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service.
Cumberland Street, The Rocks, Archaeological Investigation—GML Heritage for Sydney Cove Authority.

Selected Publications

Mackay, R 2014, ‘The Australian World Heritage Advisory Committee, Historic Environment, Vol 26, No. 2 The World Heritage Convention at 40, pp 114–117.

Ward, T, Cork, S, Dobbs, K, Harper, P, Harris, P, Hatton, T, Joy, R, Kanowski, P, Mackay, R, McKenzie, N and Wienecke, B, 2014, Framing an Independent, Integrated and Evidence-based Evaluation of the State of Australia’s Biophysical and Human Environments, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

Mackay, R and Lloyd, G, 2013, ‘Capacity Building in Heritage Management at Angkor’, World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region Newsletter, No. 26, October 2013, pp 21–24.

Mackay, R, 2013, Setting Best Practice Standards for World Heritage Management, in Figgis, P, Leverington, A, Mackay, R, Maclean, A and Valentine, P (eds) Keeping the Outstanding Exceptional - the Future of World Heritage in Australia, Australian Committee for IUCN Inc, Sydney, pp 42–47.

Ireland, T, Guthrie, A, Mackay, R and Smith, A, ‘Historical Archaeology and Australia's Cultural Heritage Sector: Emerging Issues for Education and Skills Development’, Australasian Historical Archaeology, Vol 31, 2013, pp 3–13.

Sullivan, S and Mackay, R (eds), 2012 Archaeological Sites: Conservation and Management, Readings in Conservation Series, Getty Publications, J Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles.

Mackay, R and Johnston, C, 2010 ‘Heritage Management and Community Connections–On The Rocks’, Journal of Architectural Conservation, March 2010.

Mackay, R and Sullivan, S, 2009, ‘Living with Heritage at Angkor’, in Turgeon, L, ‘The Spirit of Place’, Laval University Press, Canada, pp 205–212.

Mackay, R 2009, ‘Sustainable Heritage: Giving the Past a Future’ (book review), Australian Archaeology, June 2009, Vol 68, St Lucia, Qld, p 70.

Mackay, R 2006, ‘Whose Archaeology? Social Considerations in Archaeological Research Design’, in Agnew, N and Demas, M (eds), Of the Past, For the Future: Integrating Archaeology and Conservation, J Paul Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles.

Mackay, R, McCarthy, J, Sneddon, S and Wilson, G 2006, ‘Down Little Lon: An Introduction to the Casselden Place Archaeological Excavations, Melbourne’, International Journal of Historical Archaeology, Vol 10, No. 4, pp 305–316.

Archaeological Assessments: Archaeological Assessment Guidelines, NSW Heritage Manual, Heritage Office, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning-1996.

‘Political, pictorial, physical and philosophical plans – realising archaeological research potential in urban Sydney', in Historic Houses Trust of NSW Sites – Nailing the Debate: Archaeology and Interpretation in Museums, A Museum of Sydney on the Site of First Government House publication, Sydney-1996.

A full curriculum vitae is available on request