Welcome our New Executive Directors

By Andrew Long, Date 22 Aug 2013

It is with great excitement and enthusiasm thatAndrew-Long-Border.jpg as Founding Director of Andrew Long + Associates I introduce Ricky Feldman and Jon Howell-Meurs, in the roles of Executive Directors. It is now 23 years since I began practising as an archaeologist in Melbourne. During this time I have built Andrew Long + Associates to be a leader in the consistent delivery of high quality cultural heritage outcomes. As a company we pride ourselves on a passion for cultural heritage professionalism which is exhibited in all our undertakings and has seen us thrive in the new legislative framework set by the Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have fostered such a talented and creative multi-disciplinary team, who not only support my philosophy towards the business, but have taken the lead in diversifying our endeavours into exciting new areas, such as our GIS and modelling capabilities.

Key to developing our business for future strengths is the appointment of two new executive directors, Jon Howell-Meurs and Ricky Feldman to the board of Andrew Long + Associates. Having worked for the company for ten years and more both bring unique skills and expertise to the management of our expanding business. I look forward to working with Jon and Ricky to further consolidate our position as a leading cultural heritage advisory company into the future.

Ricky Feldman

Ricky-Feldman-(3).jpgSince joining Andrew Long + Associates in 2003 I have been fortunate to have had many opportunities to focus on archaeology and a wide range of heritage issues. During this time the cultural heritage industry has undergone dynamic changes and I have played a key role to adapt and develop the company’s direction to become one of the largest dedicated providers of archaeological and heritage services in Victoria with an impressive and consistent track record.

In this time I have provided expert advice regarding both Aboriginal and European heritage and managed numerous large scale planning and implementation studies. I have developed skills in maintaining effective professional relationships across a broad range of stakeholders, including Aboriginal community groups (RAPs, RAP applicants, traditional owner groups and native title groups), Sponsors and Government (heritage and land management agencies).

In my new role as Executive Director I look forward to working with Jon and Andy to consolidate upon this solid base and creatively and intelligently focus on growing our range of services and key alliances. 

 

Jon Howell-Meurs

Jon-Howell-Meurs-(2).jpgAndrew Long + Associates have the breadth of expertise and the administrative flexibility to deal with projects of all sizes and complexity, factors which have allowed us to secure a strong market position. It has been a pleasure to be involved in the development of the company and its reputation and it is with excitement that Ricky and I look to a future of consolidation and continuing growth.

Over the last twelve years at Andrew Long + Associates Ricky and I have been instrumental in developing a strong and consistent approach to cultural heritage management which has placed us in a well respected position with stakeholders at the local and state government level as well as among the communities we deal with.

Since the commencement of the Aboriginal Heritage Act in 2007 we have taken particular steps to ensure our knowledge of the new requirements is current and as a consequence have been able to provide a strong client focussed approach to determining the need for further investigations. This approach is borne out by our overwhelmingly positive track record in relation to providing evidence to council and VCAT regarding the requirement to undertake a Cultural Heritage Management Plan. This is a side of the business which we are keen to continue to develop and expand over the next twelve months along with all of our other services.