It would be hard to imagine that Former Lord Mayor of Sydney and highly successful businesswoman Lucy Turnbull used to suffer from a lack of confidence. She has achieved a tremendous amount during her career but in this interview she explain to Deborah how it was her involvement in charity work that helped her to come out of her shell.
Successful businesswoman, lawyer, tireless community advocate and Sydney’s first ever female Lord Mayor, Lucy Turnbull is in many ways the epitome of the high-achieving 21st century Australian woman.
The daughter of Tom Hughes QC, a prominent barrister and former Liberal Attorney-General, Lucy was born in Sydney in 1958. She has a degree in law from Sydney University and an MBA from the University of NSW, and practised as a lawyer and worked as an investment banker before becoming involved in local government.
Lucy has a high level of interest in city planning and urban issues and spent many years on the Sydney City Council. She was Deputy Lord Mayor and then Lord Mayor between 1999 and 2004. In 1999 her book Sydney – A Biography of a City was published.
Lucy sits on many boards including the Biennale of Sydney, the Redfern Waterloo Authority and the Australian Technology Park. She is also active in the not-for-profit sector. She is Deputy Chair of the Committee for Sydney and sits on the boards of the US Studies Centre, the Centre for Independent Studies, the Redfern Foundation and the Turnbull Foundation.
In 2007-09 she chaired the Salvation Army’s Sydney Red Shield appeal and in 2006 and 2008 she was Commissioner of the Australian Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
A director of Turnbull and Partners, an investment company, and listed internet services company Melbourne IT, Lucy is married to Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, . They have two adult children and live in Point Piper, Sydney.