Ms Bootle is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She was most recently Director of the Solomon Islands Section, a position she held from February 2009 until August 2011. Ms Bootle has previously served overseas in France and the Solomon Islands.
Ms Bootle holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from the Australian National University. She has two children. She speaks French.