Lessons from our WiBF Turks Scholarship Past Winners

16th August 2022 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Style of Event: FREE for Corporate Members (Use CODE: WIBFWEB)
WiBF Member: AUD $0.00 Website Subscriber: AUD $20.00
12:15-1:00pm AEST


Turks and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) are strong advocates for excellence in the Australian banking and finance industry. Now in its ninth year, the 2022 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship is an exciting joint initiative between Turks and WiBF to provide WiBF members with a significant career development opportunity.

Applications are now open for 2022, register for the webinar to learn more about this incredible opportunity and to hear from past winners. We are excited to announce that this year's major prize is an overseas ‘Women in Leadership Program’ in the US valued at up to AU$15,000!

Join us for the launch of the 2022 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship with special guest host Kiri Brain the CEO of Turks and past winners - Katrina Francis from Toyota Finance Australia and Rowena Rees-Poole from Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

This 45minute session will cover:
- Women in leadership and putting yourself out there
- The application process and tips for applicants
- The impact the Turks WiBF scholarship has had through the eyes of past winners
- Professional takeaway tips from past winners

Pre Work

No pre-work is required for this webinar.


Attend to learn more about Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship for 2022.


Lessons from past Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship Winners.


Kiri is the first non-lawyer to head Turks and has a wealth of experience in professional services management and innovation. Kiri has spent more than 20 years in corporate management and five years as Chief Operating Officer at an innovative national accounting and consulting firm, and part of a successful international accountancy network.

Kiri has a strong background in HR, Marketing and Operations and holds a Business Diploma from the New Zealand Institute of Management.

Kiri won Executive of the Year at the 2020 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards. She also won COO of the Year in The CEO Magazine’s 2019 Executive of the Year Awards.

Rowena Rees-Poole works for the Commonwealth Bank, where she is an Executive Director within the Institutional Banking & Markets Division. She heads a team covering clients in the Communications, Media & Technology sectors. She has worked across the UK, Hong Kong, South Africa and now Australia, across various product, sector and coverage roles.

She was the winner of the 2019 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship, and with Covid delays, will be participating in the Senior Women in Leadership course at Melbourne Business School in October 2022.

Past Winner Katrina is an experienced senior leader who has spent the past 2 decades working across the banking and finance, utility, telecommunications, and dispute resolution industries. She has held multiple leadership roles in sales, operations, product, transformation, and customer experience functions.

Katrina is a proven performer at senior levels with experience in implementing large transformational change programs, delivering outstanding sales results, lifting employee engagement, and improving customer experience.

Katrina’s key areas of expertise include business planning, process re-engineering, change management, strategy execution, operational management, stakeholder engagement, sales leadership, relationship management, diversity and inclusion and talent development.

Leading large teams and bringing people together around a common purpose and vision is what she loves to do and finds it both energising and incredibly rewarding when collective goals are achieved.

Katrina is also a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion and gets enormous personal satisfaction working on projects and initiatives that create a fairer and just environment that allows everyone to thrive and reach their potential, particularly in the gender equality space.

Katrina holds a Bachelor of Business from Monash University, a Diploma of Leadership and Management from Swinburne University and most recently completed Women in Senior leadership program at Melbourne Business School. Outside of work Katrina enjoys spending time watching her 2 teenage children play sport, going to the gym, reading, and travelling.