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Chief Commissioner for the Greater Sydney Commission

Lucy Turnbull AO

Lucy Hughes Turnbull AO is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities and planning, and the importance of technological and social innovation to the national economy. She was the first female Lord Mayor of Sydney from 2003-4 and in 2011, became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business. From 2012-2015, Lucy chaired the Committee for Sydney and in 2016 was appointed Chief Commissioner of the new Greater Sydney Commission, tasked by the NSW state government to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney.


"I believe cities are fundamentally human places and a city that works best is one that’s designed to meet the aspirations of the people who live there.  Greater Sydney is experiencing unprecedented, transformative change and design-led thinking plays a critical role in ensuring our city is productive, liveable, and sustainable. I’ve spent a lifetime in Sydney and been fortunate enough to experience great cities around the world as well. I know firsthand the immense value of architecture in creating places where people want to live, work and visit. Creative, intelligent architecture and design is essential for well-managed growth, enhancing the value of our public domains, and capturing the collective imagination."