Noel Turnbull retired after more than 50 years experience in journalism, communications strategy and issues management.
He was educated at Melbourne University before becoming a journalist and serving as an officer in the Royal Australian Artillery. He was a Parliamentary Press Secretary, and Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority communications head, before establishing his own public relations consultancy. The company, initially known as Turnbull Fox Phillips and then as Turnbull Porter Novelli, became Australia’s largest public relations consultancy. Noel was TPN’s CEO, Chairman and a Porter Novelli International Global Director until his retirement.
His publications include, A History of Port Melbourne (Oxford University Press); The Millennium Edge (Allen & Unwin); chapters on Government PR in Government Communication in Australia (Cambridge University Press); corporate reputation in Marketing in the Board Room; two chapters on lobbying in Australia in The Influence Seekers (Australian Scholarly Publishing); two chapters on lobbying and think tanks in Advocates and Persuaders (ASP); on social marketing and alcohol consumption in Consumer Behaviour 3rd Ed. (Pearson); DrinkWise Australia in Public Relations Campaigns 2nd edition (Oxford); and, numerous journal and other articles. His latest book, How PR Works, but often doesn’t, is available free online at www.noelturnbull.com .
He has been Mietta Foundation Chair; Mietta Song Competition Chair; Collections Council Australia Chair; Melbourne International Arts Festival President; RMIT Communications Faculty Course Advisory Committee Chair; Writers Victoria Patron; Chair of Visions of Australia, the Australian Government’s exhibition touring grants committee; Greater Melbourne Telescope Project Advisory Group member; Adjunct Professor in the RMIT School of Media and Communications; National Book Council Chair; Deakin Lectures Advisory Committee member; Chamber Music Australia Director; Australian Book Review Board member; Growth Solutions Group Director; DrinkWise Australia Director; University of Melbourne Council member; Victorian College of the Arts Advisory Board Chair; a Leadership Victoria Council Member; WA Government Advisory Panel on books and writing policy member; an editorial advisory board member of a number of Australian and international communications journals; and co-founder of the Truth and Integrity Project.
He is currently the Whittaker Memorial Committee Secretary and the Defending Country Memorial Project Secretary.
He is an honorary Doctor of Communication (RMIT University); honorary Williamson Community Leadership Program Fellow; a Life Fellow of the Communication and Public Relations Institute of Australia; and an Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow.