Nicholas Hall is a specialist in heritage management, rock art conservation and management, community economic development and tourism. He has qualifications in archaeology, rock art conservation and heritage interpretation.
Nicholas has worked for the Australian Heritage Commission (similar to the now Australian Heritage Council), principal advisory body to the Australian Government on matters of heritage. Also for government Nicholas has worked with Tourism NT (Northern Territory, Australia) and the federal Department of Environment and Heritage, in addition to a number of Indigenous Australian organisations. For example, he has worked on heritage management at key heritage sites in Australia including the famous Central Australian monolith Uluru (historically known as Ayers Rock), and Kakadu National Parks.
Offshore, Nicholas helped establish World Heritage management programs in Vanuatu around Chief Roy Mata's Domain, conducted training for UNESCO in Indonesia, has worked for the World Monuments Fund on Easter Island, and also provided advice on heritage and tourism management for the Angkor World Heritage site in Cambodia.
Nicholas is a participating author of several publications including Successful Tourism at Heritage Places: a guide for tourism operators, heritage managers and communities (2001), and Steps to Sustainable Tourism: planning a sustainable future for tourism, heritage and the environment (2004) - both for the Australian Government.
In 2008 Nicholas established Stepwise Heritage and Tourism and with colleagues developed Stepping stones for Tourism - an innovative participatory development program for Indigenous and local communities. This consultative approach can be readily adapted to many other types of project management and planning situations, including business development, geographic information databases, publication planning, heritage.
Nicholas is a practitioner and trainer in participatory planning. He enjoys assisting people to create new pathways for their own futures. His interests centre on new uses for cultural heritage, contemporary forms of cultural production, the use of heritage in tourism development, cultural heritage conservation and cultural landscape management.
Image at right: Nicholas on-site at Uluru with traditional owners