The Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship

TurksLegal and Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF) are strong advocates for excellence in the Australian banking and finance industry. Now in its eighth year, the 2021 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship is an exciting joint initiative between TurksLegal and WiBF to provide WiBF members with a significant career development opportunity.

2021 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship applications will open on Tuesday 10th August 2021. 

TurksLegal 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 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship. Read the full announcement here.

Major Prize

The Scholarship Winner will travel to Melbourne to participate in the Women in Leadership Program, 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.

Application Process

Applications for the 2021 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship will open on Tuesday 10th August 2021. 

To apply for the scholarship, members will need to prepare a brief essay response to a question provided prior to each annual scholarship launch.

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.

View the 2020 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship – Flyer

View the Terms and Conditions – 2020 Turks WiBF Leadership Scholarship – Terms & Conditions

Watch our interview with the 2019 Scholarship recipient, Rowena Rees-Poole from Commonwealth Bank:

Watch our interview with the 2018 Scholarship recipient, Michelle Erdosi from Bank of Queensland:

Click here to watch the interview with 2017 winner, Deborah Beeck.

Click here to watch the interview with 2016 winner, Emily Smith.

2020 Scholarship Judging Panel

The 2020 judging panel comprised 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
  • David McCrostie, Partner, Head of Banking, TurksLegal


2021 TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship applications will open on Tuesday 10th August 2021. 

Who can Enter

The Scholarship is open to all current financial Individual Members of WiBF or employees of a WiBF 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.

Application Criteria

Applicants must complete the online form via the WiBF website providing:

We acknowledge past winners of the TurksLegal WiBF Leadership Scholarship:

2020: Katrina Francis, Toyota Finance Australia
2019: Rowena Rees-Poole, Commonwealth Bank
2018: Michelle Erdosi, Bank of Queensland
2017: Deborah Beeck, ANZ
2016: Emily Smith, Deutsche Bank
2015: Kate Birchall, NAB
2014: Kristeen Adam-Smith, Westpac

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