Pacific Heritage Reference Group EC Representative
World Heritage Reference Group EC Representative
Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group EC Representative
Ian Travers specialises in archaeology, cultural values assessment and heritage management. His broad experience, gained in the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia, has included working closely with business analysts, tourism specialists, ecologists, landscape architects, engineers and agriculturalists, as well as other heritage professionals in the completion of complex projects. Ian has developed and led several large ground-breaking cultural heritage studies involving diverse clients, multidisciplinary teams and numerous community stakeholders.
The assessment of cultural values and significance based management are areas of particular expertise, and Ian has developed management plans for a wide variety of places. He has previously held senior positions with Context Pty Ltd in Melbourne and in the UK as a senior consultant for an international engineering consultancy for whom he provided inputs to numerous large green-field and urban renewal projects, including several examples in World Heritage Areas.
Ian has been the President of Australia ICOMOS since 2016. His tenure has included completion of the organisation’s new Strategic Plan and working closely with the Federal and NSW governments and numerous other partner organisations to win the right to host the 2020 ICOMOS General Assembly in Australia – which will be its first occurrence in the Pacific region.
An experienced facilitator of community engagement with heritage, Ian has a long involvement with the City of Melbourne’s Aboriginal heritage programmes. Ian is also experienced in the management and direction of archaeological excavations and has recently led investigations at the Former Royal Mint and Parliament House in Melbourne. He has also led several complex conservation and restoration projects, including at the state-listed Bessiebelle Sheepwashes and Toorourrong Reservoir.