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Denise Ora

Executive Director
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Denise has extensive experience working in both complex commercial and regulated government cultural institutions of national significance, in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Denise leads a diverse team responsible for over 1,100 hectares of Sydney’s prime public parklands and botanic gardens across the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Domain, Centennial Parklands, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah.

Together these sites receive over 40 million visitors each year, making the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands some of the busiest public spaces in Australia.

Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Denise was responsible for driving the strategic program for the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands, leading the award-winning major capital infrastructure program including The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY GardenMoore Park Master Plan, the Australian Institute of Botanical Sciences and The Calyx.

Denise now has the responsibility to lead the Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands into the future by advocating for the science, horticulture, education, recreation, and visitor programs that enrich the lives of our local communities, international visitors and global audience. 

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