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Lucy Turnbull to present the 2016 Magna Carta lecture

The annual British High Commission Magna Carta lecture will feature Lucy Turnbull sharing her views on ‘Smart Growth and the Female Factor’.

Ms Lucy Turnbull AO

The topic for the lecture, which takes place tonight at the Powerhouse Theatre in Sydney, has been chosen to complement the British High Commission’s Year of Innovation.

British High Commissioner Menna Rawlings said:

The UK-Australia relationship is one that is as relevant and dynamic as ever. Like Australia, the UK is committed to empowering women and harnessing innovation to secure future economic growth and prosperity for all. Together, we champion gender equality. We innovate through hundreds of university and industry partnerships each year. We share expertise on smart cities, infrastructure, Fintech and advanced manufacturing. We invest in each other’s economic success.

This year’s Magna Carta lecture is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate a modern partnership that makes both our nations GREAT.

The Magna Carta Lecture series, which began in 2002, aims to celebrate our common values and interests, and to explore current and future issues relevant to both countries.Previous speakers have included Australian Prime and Foreign Ministers, visiting UK ministers and eminent scientists.

Ms Turnbull is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a long standing interest in technological and social innovation, and is in many ways the epitome of the high-achieving 21st century Australian woman.

Ms Turnbull sits on many boards, and is also active in the not-for-profit sector. She was the first female Lord Mayor of the City for Sydney and became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community. Ms Turnbull is Chief Commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, is Chair of Prima BioMed Ltd, a biomedical company undertaking clinical development for an immuno-therapeutic cancer treatment and is a board member of the Grattan Institute.


  • Attendance at tonight’s event is by invitation only.
  • The speech and associated Q&A session will be streamed courtesy of the Australian Public Affairs Channel.
  • Questions to Lucy for the Q&A session can be submitted via Twitter using #AskMenna
  • Follow the event on Twitter @ukinaustralia

Media contact:

Elizabeth Goodfellow

Communication Officer, British High Commission

0427 542 080

Published 30 October 2016