Mr Cowled is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Director, Consular Information Assistance Project, a position he has held since 2009.
Mr Cowled has extensive experience within DFAT and has previously served overseas as Consul-General and Head of Post, Bali. He has also served in Brunei Darussalam, Chicago, Chile, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, and San Francisco.
Mr Cowled holds the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Advanced Diploma from Deakin University. He is married with three children.