Moderated by Vanessa Gordon - Director of Place, NSW Department of Planning and Environment
This talk is presented by
Dr Caroline Butler‐Bowdon - Executive Director, Public Spaces, NSW Department of Planning & Environment
Dr Caroline Butler‐Bowdon is the Executive Director, Public Spaces in at the NSW Department of Planning & Environment where she leads a team of strategists, policy-makers, place-managers, landscape architects, project managers, planners and storytellers to improve and shine a spotlight on public space in NSW.
In this role she leads the Premier’s Priority, Greener Public Spaces focused on quality and walkability to great public spaces.
She was before this, the Director, Strategy & Engagement at Sydney Living Museums. Spanning 20 years, her career has been dedicated to leadership that connects citizens and tourists to special places, the arts and heritage through a broad range of citywide public engagement programs, including festivals, exhibitions and books.
She is a 2017 Churchill Fellow with her fellowship focused on heritage precincts and tourism. She completed her PhD on the history of apartment living in Sydney in 2009.
Jonathan Jones is a Sydney-based artist and researcher from the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia.
His projects are grounded in research and work with local Aboriginal elders and community. Jones is a researcher at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology Sydney.
Image credit , Mark Pokorny
Kylie Legge is a leading voice in the evolving profession of placemaking. She is an architecture graduate, planner, place maker, author, facilitator, curator and entrepreneur. She is the founding Director of Place Partners, a multidisciplinary placemaking consultancy based in Sydney Australia as well as the newly launched Place Score - the world's first place experience measurement tool, and Kylie’s response to the challenge “You can’t measure place”.
Her interests lie in the relationship between people and their urban environments and how we can work better collaboratively to create the kinds of places people want to spend time in. Her commitment to understanding the trends and external factors influencing decision-making ensures that projects she works on are fit for the future.
Anita Mitchell - CEO, Placemaking NSW, Department of Planning, Industry & Environment, NSW Government
Anita Mitchell has over 25 years’ experience in executive management, sustainability, social impact and corporate assurance spanning energy, water, waste, property and construction in both the public and private sectors.
In January 2021, Anita joined the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as the inaugural Chief Executive of Placemaking NSW. She now leads the teams responsible for managing and developing some of Sydney’s most treasured places, including The Rocks, Darling Harbour and Sydney Olympic Park, as well as key locations in the Hunter and Central Coast regions of New South Wales.
Prior to this Anita worked at Lendlease for a decade in a range of roles. Initially, Anita led the environmental and social sustainability strategy for Australia’s first certified carbon neutral precinct – Lendlease’s $6 billion Barangaroo South development in Sydney. Here she delivered world’s best practice sustainable design and health and wellness initiatives.
In 2016, she was appointed Lendlease’s Head of Sustainability - Europe. From London, she steered the development of sustainability strategies for over A$50 billion of development, investment and construction activity in the United Kingdom and Italy.
Anita returned to Australia in 2019, to lead the corporate assurance team developing Lendlease’s Risk Appetite Framework.
Before Lendlease Anita managed sustainability and environmental programs for one of Australia’s largest energy distributors, as well as the country’s largest water authority and waste management operator.
She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science, a Master of Environmental Management and an MBA – completed under full scholarship as “Australia’s top emerging leader and MBA scholar” selected by The University of Sydney and AFR BOSS magazine in 2012.