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National Endangered Skills and Trades Seminar

Endangered Heritage will be partnering with the National Museum of Australia again for the opening night of the National Endangered Skills and Trades Show 2022. Our Heritage Trade for Environmental Sustainability seminar will feature a panel of speakers discussing how traditional trades can be fostered and adapted to promote environmental sustainability.

Livestream and in-person registration for this event will be through Eventbrite.



Victoria Pearce

Director & Senior Conservator at Endangered Heritage

Victoria has specialist skills in heritage and collection management, involving heritage values, conservation management and heritage interpretation. With a degree in Fine Art and Conservation Victoria has extensive experience in modern materials and contemporary art, particularly in art investment and management of collections.

Currently, Victoria is a member of the International Committee for Risk Preparedness with the International Committee of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and a National Committee member for the Fabric Conservation Reference Group with ICOMOC.

Craig Ritchie

Chief Executive Officer at AIATSIS

Craig Ritchie is an Aboriginal man of the Dhunghutti and Biripi nations as well as the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).


Prior to coming to AIATSIS he was Branch Manager, International Mobility in the Australian Government Department of Education and Training. In this role he was the senior departmental executive responsible for the Australian Government’s Endeavour Awards, which support international student and researcher mobility, and policy leadership on qualifications recognition. He was also the Departmental lead on the Australian Government’s education relationships in America, the Middle East and Africa, along with APEC and UNESCO.

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Justin Hewitt

Justin Hewitt 

Director for Sustainable Communities at Prince's Trust Australia

With over 20 years of experience working within cultural heritage and the built environment across government, private, and social sectors, Justin is responsible for ​leading the Prince's Trust's built environment projects and education programs, focusing on sustainable traditional design and trades.

Justin is the Chapter Chair of INTBAU Australia (International Network of Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism), spending ten years as a technical committee member of the National Trust Australia (NSW), and has served in the Australian Army Reserve.

Eduardo Patricio Peña Haller

Ambassador for the Embassy of Mexico in Australia

Born and raised in Mexico City, Ambassador Peña Haller joined the Mexican Foreign Service and the Diplomatic Academy of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982, which gave him the opportunity to perform in different positions such as Consul in Houston Texas; Deputy Ambassador of Mexico in Germany, Uruguay, Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia; Head of the office for Legal Affairs in Belgium; and General Consul in Germany. 

Mr Peña Haller was Deputy Legal Advisor at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Mexico before his posting to Australia as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.  

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Brett Leavy

Creative Director for Bilbie XR Labs

Brett Leavy is a descendant of the Kooma people of southwest Queensland. For over ten years, he has been the creative director of Bilbie XR Labs, a digital design lab and social enterprise working with First Nations communities to co-create virtual heritage landscapes. Through their work, Bilbie XR Labs aim to instil a sense of unity and belonging between mainstream and First Nations people.

Brett is also an adjunct professor at the Queensland University of Technology, Central Queensland University and has a working relationship with a number of other universities across Australia.

Matthew Murray

Founder & Head Saddle Maker at Riverina Saddlery

Matthew Murray grew up on a family cattle property in northern NSW where horses were a day-to-day way of life. He got into leather work because he wanted to make his best mate a pocket knife pouch when he was 10 years old.

He eventually opened Riverina Saddlery with the help of his wife. It may be time-consuming and often frustrating in this age of cheap imported goods to craft products by hand but Riverina Saddlery believe that customers deserve to be able to choose stylish, durable, Australian-made products and will strive to meet the growing need for Mathew Murray products Australia-wide.


Matthew will be running his own stall at the NESTS demonstrations. Read on about his work here.

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