2020 WiBF Anniversary & Awards Luncheon with keynote speaker Ann Sherry AO

14th May 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Style of Event: Banquet - round tables of 12
WiBF Member: AUD $175.00 Website Subscriber: AUD $225.00
Ivy Ballroom - Level 1, 320 George Street Sydney NSW 2000


**This is the earlybird pricing valid until the 31st March. (After 31/3/20 tickets will be $225 members / $275 guests)** To mark the occasion of our 20th year, WiBF is delighted to announce the inaugural WiBF Awards Program. The first industry-led awards program to be run by members and for members, the WiBF Awards will celebrate the talented women leading by example across Australia’s banking and finance industry, as well as those men, women and organisations working to improve the gender diversity across the sector. It is with much excitement and anticipation that we reveal the following award categories, with the winners to be announced to our membership at a special WiBF Awards luncheon in Sydney on 14th May 2020 with a keynote address by Ann Sherry AO.

Pre Work

Further information to be announced in relation to the 2020 awards ceremony.


A celebration of diversity and inclusion in WiBF’s 20th year.


Ann is one of Australia's leading business executives with a career that spans Government, Banking and Cruise Tourism. Ann is the Chair of UNICEF Australia and currently holds non-executive roles with National Australia Bank, Sydney Airport, Palladium Group, Infrastructure Victoria, Cape York Partnerships, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She is an Advisor, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. After joining as Chief Executive Officer in 2007, she has transformed the industry and growth has been in double digits each year since. Beginning working life as a radiographer, Ann became First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra before moving to the banking sector initially in HR roles, then in CEO roles with Westpac NZ and the Bank of Melbourne. The Australian Government awarded Ann the Centenary Medal in 2001 and in 2004 she was awarded an Order of Australia. In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award. Ann devotes considerable energy to her passion for women’s rights (currently as convenor of the MCC STEM group), supporting opportunity for Indigenous communities, personal philanthropy and support of the arts.