Anita Mitchell is the new chief executive for Placemaking NSW and will 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. 

NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment secretary Jim Betts says 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,” says Betts. 

“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 says. 

“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,” says 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 her new role as of 18 January 2021. 

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