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, Victorian Traditional Owners Land Justice Group.

  • 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; 

  • Graduate Diploma of Natural Resource Management -Deakin University.

Annette Xiberras
Company Director
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

Senior Archaeologist

Mark Grist is a qualified archaeologist and Heritage Advisor who studied at the Australian National University majoring in archaeology and anthropology. Mark has spent many years recording and protecting Aboriginal heritage sites throughout Australia and has been at the forefront of recording biological information from Australian Aboriginal Ancestral remains, contributing significantly to the return of Ancestral remains to various Aboriginal communities throughout Australia. Mark was for a period of six years the Curator for South-eastern Australia at the Victorian State Museum and continues this relationship with the state museum as an Honorary Associate. 


Mark Grist is an Australian Aboriginal man. He belongs to the peoples of the Wergaia Wamba Wamba and Nyeri Nyeri of northwest Victoria. He worked as a cultural heritage consultant for several years before returning to the Victorian government as the Manager of the Statewide Heritage Programs. Mark’s most recent role with the Victorian government was the State Heritage Adviser for the Victorian Department for Planning and Community Development, a position he held since 2003. In 2009 Mark returned to the private sector as the Director of Grist Archaeology-Heritage Management Pty. Ltd. Projects in 2009/12 include key infrastructure, mining, and natural resources projects/developments within Australia. Mark’s formal qualifications include: 


 Bachelor of Archaeology (Hons), The Australian National University, Canberra, 2001  

Mark Grist
Archaeologist and Heritage Advisor
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Staci Timms

Staci is the Archaeologist and GIS Specialist at Urban Colours. Staci has ten 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. Her formal qualifications include;

  • Graduate Diploma, Archaeology, La Trobe University;

  • Masters of Applied Science, Spatial Analysis and GIS, James Cook University; and

  • Bachelor of Applied Science, Deakin University.  

Archaeologist / GIS Specialist

Leigh is a Heritage Advisor for Urban Colours. He has been a consultant archaeologist since 2017 and has worked as a project manager for large-scale complex excavations and salvage programs. He is skilled in survey and excavation techniques, identification of landscape sensitivity and artefact analysis.


Leigh has authored over 40 CHMPs within Victoria, both in metropolitan and regional environments. Leigh’s formal qualifications include:


  • Bachelor of Archaeology (Honours), La Trobe University.

  • Bachelor of Spatial Science (Honours), University of Southern QLD.

Leigh Painter
Heritage Advisor
Leigh Painter

Chloe Brogden is an Aboriginal woman of the Noongar people of Western Australia. Chloe has been taught cultural heritage knowledge and field skills during her life by family members.


Chloe has worked as an archaeological field assistant with UCA on a number of cultural heritage management plans and salvages.

Chloe Brogden
Archaeological Assistant

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

As an 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 CHMPs.

Fleur Taylor
Editorial Manager