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Denise Ora

Chief Executive
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Denise has the responsibility to lead the Botanic Gardens into the future by advocating for the science, horticulture, education, recreation, and visitor programs that enrich the lives of our local communities and global audience. 

As cultural and scientific institutions, the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Domain, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah contribute to significant economic growth and make up the nation’s premier botanical research organisation, the Australian Institute of Botanical Science.

Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive, 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.