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Highly qualified and experienced heritage managers

About us

Comber Consultants has provided best practice end-to-end archaeological and multidisciplinary heritage management solutions for over 25 years. We continue to be leaders in the field and are the only heritage consultants with a certified integrated management system. This is your assurance that Comber Consultants is committed to excellence and quality in the provision of our award-winning services.

Our core team members are:

Jillian Comber, BA (JCU), Litt.B. (ANU), P.C.Arb, M.AACAI, M.ICOMOS, JP
Director
Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant
Mediator/Arbitrator
Adjunct research Fellow, Flinders University

Jillian Comber, the Director of Comber Consultants Pty Ltd is an Archaeologist experienced in all aspects of Cultural Heritage Management including consulting, government and academia. She is qualified and experienced in Aboriginal and Historical archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management, including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal (Historic) archaeological survey, significance assessment and the provision of management recommendations; preparation of Conservation Management Plans and Statements of Heritage Impact. She has taught at James Cook University, Canberra University, UTS Kuringai Campus and within the TAFE system. Jillian has developed and taught specific university courses for Aboriginal students in archaeology.

 Jillian was previously Heritage Advisor to Bourke, Cobar, Parkes, Lachlan and Cowra Shire Councils and Wollongong City Council. Jillian is a past member of Marrickville City Council’s Heritage Promotions Committee and a member of Waverley City Council’s Heritage Review Panel. She is a past member of the Heritage Office’s Archaeological Advisory panel.

Jillian is a qualified and experienced Mediator and Arbitrator.  She  coaches Mediation and Arbitration with the Australian Commercial Disputes Centre and The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia.

Jillian is a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists, the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeologists, Australian Archaeological Association, the Australasian Institute of Maritime Archaeology and the International Council on Monuments and Sites . She is an Adjunct Research Fellow with Flinders University, SA and was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in May 2010.

Tory Stening, BA (MacqUni), MA (UNE), M.ICOMOS and M.AACAI, JP
Associate Director, Projects
Archaeologists/Heritage Consultant

Tory Stening is a qualified archaeologist highly experienced in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal archaeology and heritage management with a specific expertise in Aboriginal stone tool analysis. She is highly skilled at survey, assessment, monitoring, testing and excavation in respect of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal archaeology.

Tory has a thorough understanding of the assessment process and relevant heritage legislation in New South Wales for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal archaeology and heritage. She has a detailed understanding of NSW’s planning legislation, policies and procedures. Tory has extensive skills in significance assessment, report writing and the provision of management recommendations. She can provide the archaeological and cultural heritage components for Conservation Management Plans (CMPs), Statements of Heritage Impact (SoHis), Review of Environmental Factors (REFs) and other planning documents.

Tory possesses the experience and understanding to undertake assessments and to make practical, achievable and constructive management recommendations in relation to archaeological deposits, heritage items, cultural landscapes and built heritage. She has specialist knowledge and experience in the management of historic buildings. She has undertaken training in the Conservation of Traditional Buildings and works closely with property owners to ensure best practice management.

Tory has developed a specialist expertise in the process of stone tool manufacture and is highly experience in the identification, cataloguing and analysis of Aboriginal stone tools. Her Master’s thesis was an analysis of stone tools excavated from Cowra and she has undertaken extensive analyses of stone tool assemblages in respect of projects across NSW.

Tory is a full member of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists Inc. (AACAI) and the International Committee on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). She is also a member of the Australian Archaeological Association (AAA); the Australian Society of Historical Archaeologists (ASHA), the Institute of Maritime Archaeologists (AIMA) and the World Archaeological Congress (WAC). She was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2010 and continues to hold this position.


David Nutley, Grad.DipMarit.Arch (Curtin Uni), Grad.Dip Aboriginal Ed (Townsville CAE), MBEnv (UNSW), M Marit Arch (Flinders Uni), M.ICOMOS
Associate Director, Systems
Archaeologist/Heritage Consultant
Adjunct research Fellow, Flinders University

David Nutley is an archaeologist and cultural heritage manager with extensive experience in government, consulting and academia. He is a qualified maritime archaeologist and occupational diver and experienced in Maritime, Aboriginal and Historical archaeology and Cultural Heritage Management. This includes archaeological survey, excavation, significance assessment and the provision of management recommendations; preparation of Conservation Management Plans and Statements of Heritage Impact.

David is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Flinders University, (where his primary research area is in predictive modelling of inundated Indigenous sites around Australia). He is a former Vice President of the ICOMOS International Committee on Underwater Cultural Heritage and a former-President of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA). He continues to serve on the AIMA Editorial Committee. He is on the Membership Committee of the Australian Association of Consulting Archaeologists. David is also a member of the Australasian Society for Historical Archaeologists, Australian Archaeological Association and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).

David established the New South Wales State Government program for managing underwater cultural heritage in 1988. His subsequent experience includes numerous field surveys, underwater site excavations, the development of management plans, preparation of nominations for the State Heritage Register and web site development.

David specialised in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education prior to his archaeological career. In addition to teaching experience he was, for six years, Coordinator of the Townsville based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Centre serving centres throughout north Queensland. During this time he also served as a part-time lecturer and tutor in the education faculty at James Cook University.

Caroline Plim, BA (SydUni), Assoc.Dip.Local & Applied History (UNE)
Historian

Caroline Plim is an historian with over ten years experience and a particular expertise in architectural history. She is a graduate member of the Professional Historians Association NSW.

Caroline is highly skilled at researching primary and secondary sources using a range of libraries, archival repositories, web-based sources and databases.  Histories are prepared for a wide variety of reporting formats including significance assessments, conservation management plans, statements of heritage impact, community based heritage studies and archival recordings. Caroline has experience in textual analysis and evaluation of items of significance as well as site recording and assessment of the built environment. She is experienced in researching a diverse range of structures on rural, residential, industrial and commercial sites.

Caroline has developed a particular expertise in the history of the central west and western New South Wales although more recently the focus has been on sites in Sydney and the surrounding region. 


Russell Workman, Certificate IV in Photoimaging (TAFE), Certificate IV TAA & TAE
Photographer

Comber Consultants works with the talented and experienced professional photographer Russell Workman. Russell has specialised expertise in photographing Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal archaeological sites, places and artefacts. Through Russell, Comber Consultants can deliver high quality archival recordings of sites and places in accordance with the Heritage Council’s Photographic Recording of Heritage Items and How to Prepare Archival Records of Heritage Items. Russell was previously employed by both the Nicholson Museum and Department of Archaeology at the University of Sydney for over 20 years managing all of their photographic requirements.

General:

All members of the Comber Consultants field team possess the following certifications, in addition to their professional qualifications:
  • Current Senior First Aid 
  • WH&S General Induction (white card)
  • Manual Handling Training 
  • Confined Spaces Training
  • Traffic Control Management
  • Cert IV in Assessment and Training

Our staff are multi-skilled to contribute to a wide range of logistical issues associated with archaeological sites and have formal confined spaces training, traffic control qualifications, forklift licences and well as medium and heavy vehicle licences.

Our Maritime Archaeologists possess the following certificates:
  • ADAS certified Occupation Diver Part 2 (AS2815)
  • ADAS certified Occupational Dive Supervisor AS2815 Part II – onshore: 01257
  • Nitrox Diver
  • Coxswains Certificate
  • Occupation Dive Medical
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