Pat Turner AM
Pat Turner AM , the daughter of an Arrente man and a Gurdanji woman, was born in 1952 and raised in Alice Springs.
Pat then became First Assistant Secretary, Economic Development Division in the DAA, and in 1989, Deputy Secretary. She worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet during 1991-92, with oversight of the establishment of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation and with responsibility for the Office of the Status of Women among other matters.
There, she has continued to advocate on the behalf of indigenous people, including taking on what she described as ‘one of the best working experiences of my life’ as CEO of National Indigenous Television (2006 -2010).
Turner retired from the APS in 2006, not particularly happy with the state of the organisation she was leaving, but happy about the prospect of spending more time with family and focusing on grass roots projects.
She worked on the development of the recently launched (2013) National Indigenous Television until 2010.
In 2011, she was appointed to the advisory council of the Australian National Preventative Health Agency.
In April 2016 2016 she was appointed CEO of NACCHO
Turner holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Canberra where she was awarded the University prize for Development Studies.