Ms Patricia Turner is an Arrernte/Gurdanji woman, born and raised in Alice Springs. She spent 30 years working in the community and public sectors, holding positions such as the Deputy Secretary (Department of Aboriginal Affairs), Deputy Secretary (Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet) and was the CEO of ATSIC between 1989 and 2004. Ms Turner held the Monash Chair (Australian Studies) at Georgetown University in Washington DC for 18 months from 1998-1999 and was the inaugural CEO of the National Indigenous Television (NITV). In more recent times, Ms Turner was employed by the Tangentyere Council as the Manager, Early Childhood, Youth and Family Services Division. Ms Turner has now retired from the workforce.
Ms Turner has served on numerous Boards over the years and some of the more notable appointments include the Vice-President of the Federal Council for the Advancement of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders (FCAATSI), Board Member of the National Museum of Australia, Board Member of the Constitutional Centenary Foundation, Chairperson of the Lumbu Aboriginal Corporation and the Chairperson of the Institute for Aboriginal Development (IAD). She is also a Director on the National Apology Foundation Board.
Ms Turner has extensive experience on the reporting requirements to elected arms of organisations and departments. Her previous roles have required her to report to the ATSIC Board of Commissioners, Centrelink Board, NITV Board and the Executive Board of Tangentyere Council.
Ms Turner has a sound, up-to-date working knowledge of Boards and the important roles they play in guiding organisations while also fulfilling their roles and responsibilities. This includes providing strategic leadership, building sound governance mechanisms, ensuring compliance and accountability and providing financial oversight, including the approval of annual budgets and the appointment of the CEO.
Ms Turner was awarded the Order of Australia, AM, for public service in 1990.