World Heritage Consultant, UK
Barry Gamble is a UK-based independent World Heritage consultant with over 20 years’ experience as author, coordinator and advisor to a number of successful nominations to the World Heritage List. A geographer and geologist, and a specialist in mining heritage, he works either autonomously or as part of a multi-disciplinary, commonly cross-cultural, team. International clients include national and federal state governments which range from Europe (Poland, Germany, Romania, Denmark and the UK) to Japan, Mexico, South Africa, the US, Australia and island states in the Caribbean.
Most of Barry’s working knowledge of World Heritage is derived from intensive practical experience since 1995; first in his role as co-owner of a UK-based international heritage consultancy, and, since 2000, as Barry Gamble Consultancy. His first involvement in a World Heritage application was in 2003-05, as Principal Author of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (UK). This nomination of an extensive serial cultural landscape used an innovative geographical/landscape-based approach; a model that also fits Central Victorian Goldfields.
As Principal Author, recent mining-related serial nominations, include, among others: Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution (Japan), inscribed in 2015, and Krzemionki Prehistoric Striped Flint Mining Region (Poland) inscribed in 2019. As advisor, recent mining nominations include Erzgebirge-Krušnohoří Mining Region transboundary cultural landscape (Germany/Czech Republic), inscribed in 2019, and as author/co-author/advisor Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania) and The Slate Landscape of Northwest Wales (UK), both inscribed in 2021.
Barry is a member of ICOMOS (international council on monuments and sites), TICCIH (the international committee for the conservation of industrial heritage), and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA).
Lecturer Cultural Heritage, Deakin University, Australia
Kristal Buckley AM is a Lecturer in Cultural Heritage at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia). She is an experienced cultural heritage practitioner, and holds professional qualifications in the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology and public policy. Before joining Deakin University, she worked in government, consulting and in the community sector. Her work has a focus on evolving forms of international cultural heritage practice, including the separated but entangled processes for cultural and natural heritage. Her interests particularly focus on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. She is a member of the Board of the Port Arthur Historic Site Management Authority, which manages three World Heritage sites in Tasmania that have been recognised for their associations with the convict histories of Australia; and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Kingston and Arthurs Vale Historic Area on Norfolk Island.
In November 2014, Kristal Buckley completed a 9-year term as international Vice-President of ICOMOS and was made an Honorary (International) Member of ICOMOS. She represented ICOMOS at the annual sessions of the World Heritage Committee 2007-2014, and is currently an ICOMOS World Heritage Advisor for the evaluation and conservation of cultural heritage through the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. She is an expert member of the ICOMOS International Committee for Intangible Heritage; and was President of Australia ICOMOS (2002-2005). She served a 9-year term as a full member of the Heritage Council of Victoria (2001-2010), and chaired its Registrations Committee. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for significant service to conservation and the environment, particularly in the area of cultural heritage, and to education.
Independent Consultant, Australia
Stephen Oxley is an independent consultant with extensive experience in Government. Until his move to the Central Victorian Goldfields in 2022, he was based in Canberra and worked as a Senior Executive Service Officer in the federal Department of the Environment. In that role, he held lead responsibility for heritage policy and programs at the Commonwealth level – a position he held for a period of seven years.
From 2017 to 2021, he was head of Australia’s delegation to the World Heritage Committee, and became a member of the Committee in late 2017 when Australia was elected to the Committee for a four-year term. In his time on the Committee, he was a strong advocate for upholding the integrity of the World Heritage List and the Committee’s processes for inscribing new properties on the List and overseeing the state of conservation of World Heritage places. He was active as an national expert representative in the recent review process to modernise the Committee’s climate change policy. In Australia, he worked to reinvigorate Commonwealth engagement with the States and Territories on World Heritage property management, policy and funding.
In addition to his World Heritage responsibilities, Stephen was a senior adviser to the Australian Heritage Council and worked closely with the Council to deliver on its priorities for the National Heritage List, and on its work to initiate reforms to Indigenous heritage protection nationally through a co-design process with Indigenous heritage bodies.
Stephen joined the Environment Department in 2004 to work on marine conservation, going on to lead the development of Australia’s marine parks network before switching his focus to heritage. Prior to joining the Environment Department, he spent three years working on Indigenous policy. As a Senior Executive Service Officer, he has worked closely with Federal Ministers and has a deep working knowledge of government processes. During his time in Canberra, he spent 10 years working as a political adviser, including three years as Chief of Staff to a senior Federal Cabinet Minister. He has also worked as a journalist and editor.