EMM Consulting is pleased to welcome the senior appointment of cultural heritage specialist Luke Kirkwood to build local capability in the company’s Brisbane office.

With a diverse career spanning over fifteen years’, Luke first discovered his passion for the field of archaeology in high school where he was fortunate enough to win a scholarship to attend field excavations with Professor Bruno David on Ngarrabullgan (also known as Mount Mulligan), one of the oldest Aboriginal archaeological sites in Queensland (approx. 38,000 years).

Luke highlights that it was Professor David’s team that first taught him the value of cross-disciplinary research to archaeology as well as the importance of intangible heritage values associated with the wider landscape.

Graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Science/Arts (Archaeology) and still calling Queensland home today, his extensive expertise includes the delivery of projects in all Australian State and Territories as well as supporting international research in Africa with Oxford University. Luke’s experience spans a range of sectors from major infrastructure, Defence and mining through to public archaeology outreach programs as part of National Archaeology Week, which he helped co-found. This extensive experience has given him the opportunity to refine his skills in archaeological survey and excavation, site recording and artefact analysis, significance assessment, permitting and community consultation.

An area of particular interest for Luke is the legislative reform for the heritage industry in Australia. He highlights,

“Providing certainty in legislation with respect to heritage investigations, analysis and consultation ensures that high value cultural heritage sites are protected for all Australians, while providing a transparent and timeframe-driven approvals path forward for proponents.”

Commenting on Luke’s appointment at EMM, Division Leader Nathan Garvey highlighted:

“It is exciting to welcome Luke to the team in Queensland. He brings this wealth of experience to every project, providing strategic advice to clients, managing risks and finding solutions to key project issues. Luke is also an innovator, always looking for smarter ways of working to achieve projects outcomes. The whole package, I am excited to work with Luke to grow our presence in Queensland.”

Luke is an active member of numerous archaeology industry groups including the International Council on Monuments and Sites; International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management; Australian Archaeological Association; and the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology.