Lucy Turnbull, AO

Former Lord Mayor of Sydney

Lucy Turnbull, AO Biography

Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities, and technological and social innovation.

From 2015-20 she was the inaugural Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, tasked by the NSW state government to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney. The GSC’s Plan ‘A Metropolis of Three Cities - rebalancing the Metropolis’ reimagines Sydney’s spatial, social and economic structure for the next 40 years.

Ms Turnbull was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003-4 and in 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business. She has served as a board member of multiple not for profit cultural and not for profit institutions.

She was Deputy Chair and later Chair of the Committee for Sydney (2005-15) which significantly increased its membership base and policy scope during her time there, and led the recruitment of Tim Williams as the CEO, due to his extensive urban policy experience, particularly in housing in the UK.

She has also sat on private and public company boards including WebCentral Limited(2004-6) a Brisbane based internet services company and led the merger of that company with Melbourne IT (2006-10).

Prior to her time in local government, she worked for several years as a solicitor, investment banker and in the family investment office.

In 2012 Ms Turnbull 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.

She and her husband Malcolm Turnbull have over many decades been involved in supporting many medical, research, social and cultural institutions. She is a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW.