Gillian Turner Bio

Gillian Turner

Founder & CEO, Turner Bishop

Gillian is one of Australia’s most sought after senior executive coaches.

She has the unique ability to coach effectively around behavioural and interpersonal issues, as well as business and organisational challenges. 

About Gillian Turner

Gillian has over 25 years global senior executive experience and 20 years as a company director. Her career has spanned private and public sectors, has included 8 years in (2) CEO roles and 10 years on a NSW Government Health Board. She has worked professionally as a coach & mentor, group facilitator, and business consultant since 2005.

Born in England, Gillian moved to Australia as a teenager, where she studied law at the University of Sydney. After early roles at Allen, Allen & Hemsley and the University of Sydney, she accepted a scholarship to Harvard University.

A deep interest in people and culture has seen Gillian travel widely, and led to increasingly diverse and senior roles. She has worked in Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico, managed investment portfolios over US$1bn, and business interests in the US, Singapore, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Skilled at bridging cultures, she has worked in multinationals, ASX listed, SME’s and NFPs, and led major organisational transformations.

Senior Executive Experience

Unisearch Limited CEO & Managing Director, Sydney

Zurich Australia Group Limited General Manager, Corporate Development, Sydney

Standard Chartered Equitor Trustee HK Limited CEO & Managing Director, Hong Kong

Coca-Cola Amatil Limited Corporate Finance Manager, Sydney

Dominquez Barry Samuel Montagu Limited Associate Director, Sydney

Lloyds Bank NZA Limited Senior Manager, Arbitrage, Sydney

H y S Interamericana (Heidrick & Struggles) Consultant, Mexico City

Qualifications & Training

Master of Laws Harvard University

Bachelor of Laws (Honours) University of Sydney

Advanced Diploma Australian Institute of Company Directors

Graduate Diploma Ontological Coaching Newfield Institute

Graduate Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy Australian College of Applied Psychology

Professional Certified Coach International Coach Federation

Accredited Practitioner Kantor Institute

Professional Appointments & Memberships

Planet Ark Environmental Foundation Non-Executive Director

Aus Health International Non-Executive Director

Biosignal Limited Non-Executive Director

Centre for Quantum Computer Technology Member, Advisory Board

Knox Grammar School Member of Council

Australian Institute of Company Directors Chair, National Education Advisory Committee

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Member, Professional Selection Committee for Churchill Fellows

Ministry for Education & Training, Victoria Member, Review Panel for University Accreditation

Hong Kong Trustees Association Member of Management Committee

Kidney Patients Trust Fund (Hong Kong) Member of Management Committee

Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow

Australian Career Development Association Professional Member

Client Testimonial

“I benefited greatly from the coaching from Gillian Turner during a particular time of change including board/executive and strategy renewal. This allowed me to successfully navigate through this.

Gillian’s style is personable, consultative and holds you to account which undoubtedly contributes to you being a more effective leader who can deliver outcomes quicker.  Senior Executives, NED’s and Chairs who are serious about maintaining their leadership edge and effectiveness would all benefit from the coaching expertise of Gillian Turner.”

Chairman, Non-Executive Director, Advisor