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Global searchs lands new Chief Executive for Placemaking NSW

08 Dec 2020

Anita Mitchell standing in room

Anita Mitchell has been named Chief Executive, Placemaking NSW, to lead the team responsible for managing and transforming some of NSW’s most treasured places including The Rocks and Darling Harbour, Sydney Olympic Park, and in the Hunter and Central Coast.


Announcing the appointment, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Secretary Jim Betts said Ms Mitchell was a leader with outstanding international property, risk, and place credentials earned in Australia, Asia, and in Europe.


“Our priceless state assets need a strong leader with a place focus to drive renewal, investment and growth, while protecting and enhancing natural and cultural heritage,” Mr Betts said.


“This was an exhaustive and highly competitive global search. I’m delighted we’ve been able to secure Anita’s capability and experience with global property and investment group Lendlease in Europe, Asia and in Sydney, as well as other property firms such as Jones Lang Lasalle,” he said.


Anita Mitchell said she was thrilled to join the Department’s Place, Design and Public Spaces team as Chief Executive, Placemaking NSW.


“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I see many ways to continue to take placemaking beyond managing just the physical spaces to something that delivers great experiences and real social, economic and environmental value for the community,” Ms Mitchell said.


“I’m looking forward to leading a passionate team in realising the full potential of some of New South Wales’ most treasured places and public spaces.”


Anita Mitchell will commence in the role of Chief Executive, Placemaking NSW on 18 January 2021.