Chief Commissioner

Headshot of Chief Commissioner Lucy Turnbull

Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO

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

In 2015 she was appointed 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. She has been charged with leading metropolitan planning in the Greater Parramatta-Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) area.

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 was Deputy Chair of the COAG Reform Commission’s Cities Expert Panel from 2010-12. She was Chair (2012-15) and Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney.

In 2012 Mrs 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 Mrs Turnbull 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.

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