Board of Management

Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust (NHRT) is a community trust under the Crown Land’s Act of 1989 for the preservation of the historic buildings of Hunter Street Newcastle.

Newcastle Historic Reserve Trust (NHRT) is a community trust under the Crown Land’s Act of 1989 for the preservation of the historic buildings of Hunter Street Newcastle. NRHT, on behalf of NSW State Government Department of Crown Lands, is responsible for the conservation, management and cultural use of three heritage listed government buildings including the former Newcastle Police Station and Lock-Up (1861) now operating as The Lock-Up.

Revenue from corporate leasing of 74 and 88 Hunter St. and some area of The Lock-Up building, ensures the ongoing maintenance of the buildings and assists in funding the administration and activities of The Lock-Up.

Gillean Shaw - Chair

Gillean Shaw - Chair

Currently Art Curator for University of Newcastle, its Gallery, Museum and Collection and has curated independent projects for arts and history organisations such as The Lock-Up, Maritime Museum and the Lovett Gallery. She has previously worked in public programs, visitor services and exhibition installation at the Newcastle Art Gallery and was the Curator at The Lovett Gallery. She holds Masters by research in the Presentation of Material Culture, particularly as it relates to historic buildings and collections.

Luke Kellett – Treasurer

Luke Kellett – Treasurer

Luke is the Managing Director for the creative agency Headjam; Focused Visual Communications. Since 2008 he has worked as an Account Director and Producer for numerous creative projects in photographic and broadcast production, and web and digital project management across multiple platforms.

Roderick Smith

Roderick Smith

Principal of Evescourt Legal, Rod specialises in General Corporate Commercial and Intellectual Property Law. He was member of the Corporate & Commercial Team at Sparke Helmore Lawyers and is a Civil Litigator for the State of NSW. He is also Chairperson of Renew Newcastle and expert consultant to Renew Australia.

Catherine Croll

Catherine Croll

Kate is the founding director of Cultural Partnerships Australia Programming Sub-Committee and has held the position of Director Special Projects at Red Gate Gallery, Beijing since 2009. She is an arts patron, collector and practitioner with extensive experience in the management of multi faceted cultural exchange projects and international touring exhibitions.

John Carr

John Carr

An architect with over forty years experience with NSW Public Works, John was the Project Architect for the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music Performance Hall for the Australian Bi-Centennial in 1988. John has been a Trustee for over twenty years and specialises as a heritage consultant.

Rosemary Melville

Rosemary Melville

Director of Hunter History Consultants, Rosemary has worked as a professional historian for over 20 years, focusing on the history of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley with a particular interest in heritage buildings. She has been involved in the writing and publication of ten books on various aspects of local history.

Laraine Nelson

Laraine Nelson

Laraine holds a Master of Letters Archaeology and currently works as senior cultural heritage consultant specialising in historic and Aboriginal heritage with Australia-wide experience. As a qualified librarian she previously worked as a senior research officer for NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training.

Chris McBriarty

Chris McBriarty

Chris is a registered architect and Senior Associate with DPW Suters Architects - a large commercial practice with offices in Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne Brisbane and Cairns. He over 30 years architectural experience in a wide range of project types and scales, with a particular interest in the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings.