Our Patron, Noel Turnbull, provides guidance for Writers Victoria’s strategic direction.
Noel is Adjunct Professor in the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University.
Noel has had more than 40 years experience in communication strategy and issues management and 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); on social marketing and alcohol consumption in Consumer Behaviour 3rd Ed. (Pearson) and, numerous journal and other articles. His latest book, How PR Works, but often doesn’t, is available free on his website.
Noel has previously been Collections Council Australia Chair; Melbourne International Arts Festival President; RMIT Communications Faculty Course Advisory Committee Chair; Chair of Visions of Australia, the Australian Government’s exhibition touring grants committee; National Book Council Chair; Deakin Lectures Advisory Committee member; Australian Book Review Board member; Growth Solutions Group Director; DrinkWise Australia Director; University of Melbourne Council member; Director Chamber Music Australia; Victorian College of the Arts Advisory Board Chair; and, a Leadership Victoria Council Member.
As well as patron of Writers Victoria, Noel is currently Mietta Song Competition President; Chair Mietta Foundation; Greater Melbourne Telescope Project Advisory Group member; Whittaker Memorial Committee Secretary; and an editorial advisory board member of a number of Australian and international communications journals.
He is an honorary Doctor of Communication (RMIT University); honorary Williamson Community Leadership Program Fellow; and, a Fellow of both the Public Relations Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.