Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries
CEO appointed for Metropolitan Memorial Parks

The Metropolitan Memorial Parks’ Board has appointed Denise Ora as the inaugural Chief Executive of the newly amalgamated cemetery land manager. 

Denise is the current Chief Executive of the Botanic Gardens of Sydney and is an experienced leader with a passion for people and purpose. 

Her appointment follows an extensive CEO search process which was conducted in parallel with the Government’s Board establishment process.  

Denise will bring tremendously valuable experience to Metropolitan Memorial Parks. She has successfully led a high-profile government organisation responsible for large iconic sites and she has navigated important reforms through the NSW Government.  

Further to this, Denise will bring a fresh perspective to place making, community engagement and innovation. She understands the needs of organisations with multiple locations, a mix of indoor and outdoor workers and multilayered stakeholder environments.  

Denise has said she is truly honoured by the appointment. “I look forward to working with the new board, staff and all stakeholders in delivering on Metropolitan Memorial Parks’ commitment to meet the changing needs of our diverse communities by creating and managing serene and dignified spaces providing solace, remembrance and a sense of community for all.” 

In welcoming her appointment, Minister for Lands and Property Steve Kamper MP said, “When the Minns Government took office the Crown cemetery sector was in disarray. With the new board and CEO in place, Metropolitan Memorial Parks can now focus on the task at hand, delivering for the people of NSW.” 

Denise will commence on 5 February 2024. CFO, Simon Officer, will continue as Acting CEO until that time. 

Denise’s appointment as CEO marks the end of a successful merger and governance reset of Metropolitan Memorial Parks over the past six months.  

With this governance reset now complete, Metropolitan Memorial Parks can focus on ensuring interment supply for the future. 

See media release for more details.