Dr Caroline Butler‐Bowdon

Executive Director Place, Design and Public Spaces
NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment


Dr Caroline Butler‐Bowdon is the Executive Director, Public Spaces in the new Place, Design and Public Spaces team at NSW Department of Planning, Industry & 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.