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ADVANCE CONNECT : Global Digital Roundtable with Lucy Turnbull AO

August 19, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am AEST


As we begin to map the recovery post Covid-19, the accepted wisdom around cities is turned on its head. Everything from the upending of the retail sector to residential property and the shift back to local communities with its impact on infrastructure needs and the delivery of our services. What does this mean for how we shape the way we live, work and play?

About our speaker

Lucy Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation. With a background in commercial law and investment banking, Lucy is a Director of Turnbull & Partners Pty Ltd, a private investment company. She also chairs ASX listed biotechnology company Prima Biomed Limited.

Lucy has a long-standing interest in cities and their planning, governance and management, as well as the importance of technological innovation to the national economy. In 1999, she published a book called Sydney: Biography of a City. She was an independent member of the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority, which was charged with the urban renewal and revitalisation of several precincts in Sydney, including RedfernWaterloo.

Lucy was an independent member of the Redfern–Waterloo Authority from its establishment in 2004 until its repeal in December 2011. She is a former board member of the Australian Technology Park, Redfern. From 2004 until 2011, Lucy served as Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney, a think tank for Greater Sydney representing public, private and not-for-profit sectors and focused on the future of the metropolitan city, and chaired it from 2011 until 2015.

She is a former deputy chair of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) City Expert Advisory Panel (appointed July 2010), which reported to the COAG Reform Council. The Expert Panel was charged with preparing a report published on 1 March 2012, advising COAG Reform Council on whether metropolitan planning systems were consistent with agreed COAG criteria.

Lucy has also been active in the not-for-profit sector. She serves on boards of the Biennale of Sydney, the Redfern Foundation Limited and the Turnbull Foundation. She is the Patron of DICE Kids, an organisation created at Policy Hack in 2015 and Patron of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She is also a board member of the NSW Cancer Institute, has previously chaired the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Sydney Cancer Centre and the Sydney Festival Limited. From 2006–2010, Lucy was a board member of Melbourne IT and before that a board member of WebCentral Limited.

On 26 January 2011, Turnbull was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to the community, particularly through philanthropic contributions to, and fundraising support for, a range of medical, social welfare, educational, youth and cultural organisations, to local government, and to business. In 2012, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of NSW, and in 2016 was appointed Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Built Environment, University of NSW. In 2017, she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Western Sydney University which she received for her substantial and sustained service and contribution to the University and the Greater Western Sydney region. In 2016 Lucy was awarded Germany’s highest civilian honour, the Cross of the Order of Merit – the Verdienstkreuz Am Bande – for her work strengthening Australia’s relationship with Germany.

Lucy chaired the Committee for Sydney from 2012 to 2015 and was later appointed Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, a role she fulfilled until March 2020 when she resigned to work with her husband in their family business.

Event details

Date: 19 August 2020

Time: 10.00am – 11.15am (AEST)

Venue: On-line

Registrations: This is an Partner event. For information on becoming an Partner please contact our CEO Maria MacNamara


August 19, 2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am AEST
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Location: Australia, Online

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