Annette has been working in the cultural heritage industry for more than 30 years and was part of the first group of cultural heritage officers employed by AV in 1988. Annette has held the Victorian Aboriginal community -elected chair of the Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group for the past 6 years. Annette’s long career in cultural heritage has seen her gain numerous formal qualifications in Cultural Heritage Management, and has allowed her to work with some of Australia’s leading archaeological experts.

As a Wurundjeri Elder and a former cultural heritage staff member with AV, Annette has built professional relationships with both government bodies and Aboriginal communities. Annette combines these skills with real-world business and commercial experience. Annette’s expertise in Aboriginal cultural heritage is reflected in the many honorary positions and qualifications she holds, including:

  • Co-Chair, City of Yarra Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee;

  • Footscray Arts Committee Member;

  • Wurundjeri Tribal Council;

  • Member of the National Trust Advisory Committee Member;

  • Advanced Certificate Diploma in Archaeological Site Management - North Metropolitan College of Tafe; and

Graduate Diploma of Natural Resource Management -Deakin University

Annette Xiberras
Dr Rosalind James

Dr Rosalind James has over 20 years’ experience directing and conducting archaeological fieldwork in Australia and overseas. She has been a consultant archaeologist since 1993 and, at various times, has worked as a senior archaeologist for the Office of Aboriginal Affairs, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NSW) and the Sydney University Cyprus Survey Project, as well as a senior consultant archaeologist for private enterprises. She has been a casual lecturer and tutor in the Department of Palaeoanthropology and Archaeology, as well as Director of a Research Centre for online education, at the University of New England. Ros has extensive knowledge and understanding of the cultural heritage of eastern Australia. Ros has worked in diverse areas such as field survey, excavation, sampling strategies, artefact analysis, landscape analysis, geochemical sediment analysis, charcoal analysis, phytolith analysis and organic content analysis, dating processes (AMS and Pb210), and tender and grant writing. She has devised research designs and budgets for tenders and salvage work, managed projects and fieldwork teams, and worked as a government reviewer of the archaeological component of EIA reports.

  • PhD in Palaeoenvironmental Science and Archaeology, University of New England.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology), Ist class Honours Degree, University of New England.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology), University of New England.

  • Chair of International Advisory Board for the International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education

Staci Timms

Staci is Urban Colours' Project Archaeologist and GIS Specialist. She has 10 years of mapping experience, working in both the private and public sectors. Staci is an expert in a range of GIS and Spatial Analysis facets, such as mobile technologies, desktop analysis and remote sensing.


Along with the ESRI suite of GIS software, Staci is also proficient in the use of Trimble products, MapInfo, Manifold and Quantum GIS.   She has worked on large, complex mapping projects from government agencies, such as the Growth Areas Authority, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Vic Roads and Melbourne Water.  


Whilst GIS and mapping is her primary focus, Staci also has a strong background in ecological and archaeological consulting, with a good understanding of relevant legislation and requirements for submission under the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006, Victoria's Native Vegetation Framework and the EPBC Act.

Fleur is Urban Colours' Quality Assurance Manager and has been with the company for the past eight  years. Fleur has 12 years experience in law and editing and also has a strong background in education. She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a Grad. Dip. Sec. Ed. Victoria University. Fleur is an Accredited Editor of the Institute of Professional Editors Limited and a member of Editors Victoria.


As experienced and accredited editor, Fleur’s role has expanded to include oversight of Urban Colours' policies and systems documentation, as well as compliance with relevant quality standards. She coordinates a team of editors whose role is to ensure that every Urban Colours report meets both the required legislative standard as well as the company's own rigorous standards. She has worked on more than 50 Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Management Plans. Test Font


Fleur Taylor

Katherine Thomas is a GIS specialist/archaeologist with over 20 years of working within the natural and cultural heritage sector. She is in the final months of writing up her PhD on participatory GIS with the Mutthi Mutthi, Nygiampaa, and Paakantji communities of the Willlandra Lakes UNESCO World Heritage area, NSW. In addition to her studies, she works as an independent contractor, researcher, lecturer, and mother to 3 children. Kath has been a Principal Lecturer (University of Sussex) and Course Co-ordinator (La Trobe University) designing, developing and delivering courses on using GIS for landscape studies and applied cultural heritage management. She has a technical background in programming, GIS, database management, relational database design and queries, and website design and delivery. These skills are offset by an interpersonal skill base of creating, university, adult education and primary school courses teaching GIS, coupled with background in developing informal situations for quantitative/qualitative data acquisition through interviews and workshops.

  • PhD candidate, La Trobe University

  • MSc (Distinction1), Archaeological Science: Archaeological Computing, University of Southampton, U.K.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Ancient History and Archaeology), Joint Honours 2nd class Division 1, University of Durham, U.K.

  • High current level of IT skills and an archaeological GIS specialist:

  • GIS (ArcGIS, MapInfo, Global Mapper)

  • Geophysical and topographical survey instrument set-up and data download (dGPS, EDM, Rover, GPR, Magnetometry, 3D laser scanning, UAV survey)

  • Drawing and imaging systems (GIMP, Adobe, Agisoft)

Katherine Thomas