TurksLegal & Women in Banking & Finance Scholarship

Applications for the 2021 Turks and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) Leadership Scholarship are now closed.

Turks and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) are strong advocates for excellence in the Australian banking and finance industry. Now in its eighth year, the Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship is an exciting joint initiative between Turks and WiBF to support the professional growth of excellence in the industry by providing WiBF members with a significant career development opportunity.

The Scholarship Winner will travel to Melbourne to participate in the Women in Leadership Program in 2022 (dates TBC), a one week course run by the highly esteemed Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne. Melbourne Business School is one of just three Australian business schools in the Financial Times’ Global MBA rankings 2020.

This course is designed to develop women with purpose into leaders who have a profound impact in their organisations, communities and wider society. It provides established women leaders with the opportunity to invest in themselves, and transform the way that they lead, influence and innovate in organisations and challenging contexts. The prize includes return flights (for non-Melbourne residents), course fees, materials, meals and accommodation valued at up to AU$11,000.

This Scholarship is open to all members of WiBF. Each entrant must be a current financial member of WiBF or an employee of a Corporate Member. Entrants must work in the Banking and Finance industry. Applicants should have a minimum of 7 years’ experience working in a banking or financial organisation and be keen to take the next step in their career. The scholarship particularly invites applicants with demonstrated leadership experience and a commitment to creating positive change for future women leaders in the banking and financial services sector.

To apply, entrants must complete an online application form (on the WiBF website) and provide a response not exceeding 3,500 characters (including spaces) (approx 500 words) to one of the following two questions:

Q1: Where should the banking and finance sector be prioritising Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) efforts, and how would you engage with your staff and other stakeholders on this subject?

Q2: As CEO of an organisation (not your current employer) operating in the banking and finance sector, how would you apply key lessons/lived experiences from the pandemic to inspire hybrid workers and inform the future of work in your organisation?

Consideration will be given to the clarity and intent of responses, within the 3,500 character limit (including spaces), as well as responses to questions pertaining to the applicant’s experience and passions within the banking and finance sector.

Applications closed on Tuesday, 21 September 2021 at 5pm (AEST).

The Judging Panel will determine a number of Scholarship finalists by simple majority. The finalists must be available to attend a 10-15 minute interview with the Judging Panel during the week commencing 15 November 2021. If we are unable to conduct the finalist interviews in person, they will be held via Zoom.

Following the interviews, the finalist determined by the Judging Panel to have produced the best written and personal response will be awarded the Major Prize. The Scholarship Winner will be announced by WiBF in December 2021 (details TBC). 

Notification will be given to the Scholarship Winner as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the judging.

The judging panel comprises the following senior industry leaders:

  • Sally Auld, Chief Investment Officer, JBWere
  • Fiona Lawrence, Group Risk, General Manager, Compliance, Bank of Queensland
  • Belinda McGuinness, Executive Director, Group Integrity Officer, Macquarie Group
  • Julie Hunter, Managing Director, Banks and Government Client Solutions, CBA and WiBF President
  • Jen Dalitz, Chief Executive Officer, WiBF
  • Kiri Brain, Chief Executive Officer, TurksLegal
  • David McCrostie, Partner, Head of Banking, TurksLegal
Turks and Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF) are delighted to announce Katrina Francis, Head of Collections, Toyota Finance Australia as the winner of the 2020 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship.
Katrina produced a powerful written submission in response to the question “What will the positive impacts of the response to COVID-19 be; both within your organisation and the broader financial ecosystem (customers, suppliers etc) in terms of gender equality?”. The judges felt compelled to interview Katrina and explore those ideas further. At interview, Katrina’s history of advocating for gender balance and inclusion was evident, as was her passion for collaboration and problem solving. But it was Katrina’s creative approach to expanding an ambassadorial role promoting the interests of WiBF that won the judges over and she was awarded the Scholarship.
Click here to read the full announcement.


Need some inspiration?

Below is a recording of the recent WiBF webinar The Step-up: Accelerating your Leadership with past scholarship winners Michelle Erdosi, Bank of Queensland, Deborah Beeck, ANZ and Katrina Francis, Toyota Finance Australia on how they accelerated their leadership with the Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship.


Watch this short video of the 2019 Scholarship winner, Rowena Rees-Poole of Commonwealth Bank.

Past Winner Interviews