Senior Heritage Advisor Melanie Thomson joins EMM

 We are pleased to welcome the appointment of experienced heritage consultant Melanie Thomson as Associate Director to lead our historical and Aboriginal heritage teams as Team Manager 

With over 20 years’ experience, Melanie brings a wealth of skill and expertise in impact assessment, stakeholder consultation, approvals and management plans for Aboriginal and historical heritage under both Commonwealth and State legislation in NSW and Victoria.

Based in Melbourne, Melanie has an extensive background working on a diverse portfolio of projects in the energy, mining, infrastructure and planning and development sectors with specialist advisory capability in providing high level due diligence advice to manage risk. Most recently, Melanie has been involved in the Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Project working closely with various government stakeholder and Aboriginal communities.

“I am excited to work with our diverse and highly experienced national team of heritage specialists”, said Melanie. “Everyone across the company, from all disciplines, have extended a very warm welcome, reflecting a stable and encouraging workplace culture here at EMM. I am very excited to become part of this exceptional company.”

EMM Division Leader Nathan Garvey welcomes Melanie’s extensive background and passion for supporting and leading teams to develop their technical skills and achieve their goals.

“Mel and I have a long work history, and when we were looking for someone to join and lead EMM’s amazing Heritage team Mel instantly jumped to mind. She has a wealth of experience, a great client focus, the ability to think strategically on projects and to convert that strategic thinking to sound advice to manage risk. Mel combines this with an amazing people focus, a positive outlook, exceptional communication skills and great team-based approach. It is exciting to have someone of Mel’s calibre leading the team!”

EMM’s heritage team consists of 19 specialists in both Aboriginal and historical heritage. Our experience spans major infrastructure projects, mining, oil and gas, government (Commonwealth, State and local), residential, and transport. Our team of experienced professionals provides practical, innovative and risk-based solutions for small-scale residential development up to multi-billion infrastructure projects. We apply cutting edge techniques and methods to our work including GPR, photogrammetry and web based digital recording. We are knowledgeable in all relevant heritage legislation and processes across Australia, with extensive experience of QLD, NSW and VIC requirements. With our large and experienced team, we can mobilise quickly and offer high quality services and advice anywhere in Australia.

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science (Archaeology) from James Cook University and is a fully qualified ‘heritage advisor’ meeting all the requirements of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.


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Melanie Thomson
Associate Director
02 9493 9520