Leadership Summit: Women in Finance


Friday, May 21, 2021
Be Inspired to take your career to the next level.

Our Panellists



Tanya is the Founder, CEO and Managing Director of multi-award-winning, national Aggregator group, Outsource Financial. Tanya is the only female CEO / Managing Director of a mortgage Aggregator in Australia. Having extensive banking and finance experience, Tanya pioneered the third-party mortgage sector, by creating diverse models to change the way lending was conducted in Australia.

In 2019 Tanya appeared on the expert’s panel, for a new television show on Channel 9, called Secrets of the Money Masters. A series featuring some of Australia’s biggest sporting celebrities who learn about financial strategy and security. Additionally, in 2019, Tanya won ‘CEO of the Year’ at the Women in Finance Awards and was named as one of MPA’s Global 100.


Senior Executive, Board Executive and Chair with a passion to create, grow and rebuild businesses.Current Head of Business Services at WestpacAustralia’s oldest bank and company, one of four majorbanking organisations in Australia and one of the largest banks in New Zealand. Anna leads a direct salesand service business for Westpac’s business customers supporting Australia’s business community fromsole traders to Corporate/ Commercial. Within the first 8 months Anna increased productivity by 5% andin March 2020 she successfully led the business through the early stages of the COVID19 pandemic.Under her leadership:

200 phone bankers were migrated to remote work within 60 days, driving engagement andmitigating risk 

Introduced video identification & verification (VIDV) for customers unable/ hesitant to visit abranch. By April 2020 over 100 customers had accessed the service.

Prior to Westpac, Anna was the Head of Business Banking at Bank of Melbourne where she was responsible for a portfolio of 30,000 business customers and a team of 140. Anna delivered a revenue growth of 41% in a reducing margin environment whilst also reducing FTE by 35%. Between 20092016 Anna held various senior leadership positions at National Australia Bank. She led a change agenda while building effective relationships within Asia across business and financial services sectors.

Anna is an advocate for authentic leadership and the power of transformation. She is an active mentor for Women in Banking Finance and volunteer at Go Girls, Go for IT. Having lived in multiple countries(Singapore, Japan, Canada) Anna is natural networker with the ability to quickly form genuine connections. She resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and four children.


Ana Marinkovic is a values driven senior executive with a career spanning 15 years in financial services, across commercial and consumer banking, having delivered enterprise wide transformations, led complex technology programs and managed large-scale P&L businesses. 

Ana is currently leading Australia’s largest Small Business Bank at NAB and is actively supporting four hundred thousand small business customers experiencing unprecedented challenges in the current pandemic environment.  

Ana is also a key note speaker in the areas of complex transformations, product innovation and strategy execution in digital age whilst also being an advisory Board Member for Brilliant Women Global, organisation advocating diversity and inclusion in Australia and internationally.


Julie Patterson has been with NAB for 9 years and is Executive Specialised solutions in Business Banking. She is a highly skilled enthusiastic corporate banker with an in-depth working knowledge of people management and development, corporate finance, financial and business analysis and banking structures.

Prior to joining NAB, Julie was employed as a Senior Manager in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), Corporate markets for 10 years.

Before joining RBS Julie qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Belfast and enjoyed extensive experience in a wide range of businesses and industries across the UK, US and Ireland

A graduate of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, she holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce.

Julie is a keen runner and enjoys marathon running and recently completed her 11th marathon in beautiful Queenstown. Julie enjoys spending time with her husband Stephen and two daughters Ella and Mia.


Jennifer Dalitz is a CA and CPA qualified finance professional with extensive strategic and operational experience in financial services and management consulting. An accomplished businesswoman, Jen was listed in the inaugural 40 Young Business Leaders List by In The Black magazine; has been a Telstra Business Awards finalist and the recipient of an Edna Ryan Workplace Award for improving the working conditions of Australian women. She represented Australia in a BBC global debate on the advancementof women and the Millennium Goals and the Women’s Summit hosted by Malaysia’s Minister for Women.

Jen is a Graduate of The Company Director’s Course and has 15 years’ experience on governance and advisory board in the financial services, agricultural and education sectors. Jen holds an MBA from the AGSM, is an accredited coach with the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, and has founded three small businesses in the online, consulting and agricultural sectors. With this, she brings an ownership mindset and diverse perspectives to the organisations she works with. Her proven ability to deliver, combined with a passion for change, are highly regarded in the executive, board and advisory roles Jen holds.


Sharon is a senior leader with deep technical expertise, and a passion for delivering value at scale. She is a trusted advisor on digital transformation, software engineering, end user computing, and innovation.

Sharon is passionate about her craft and provides high energy environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute. She strives to bring people together and cultivate an engaging workplace culture where professional growth and value delivery go hand in hand.

Sharon has 20 years of global experience spaning Management Consulting, Manufacturing, Logistics, Enterprise Software, Human Resources and Financial Services sectors across USA, Europe, Asia and Australia. Sharon is currently working @ANZ helping to create the freedom for Employee to work where and how they love.

Sharon is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, providing mentorship and coaching. She has lead programs to support the development of women in technology and build talent pipeline through innovative STEM programs in the education sector. Sharon’s greatest joys are family time, swimming and giving back through community programs such as St Vinnies CEO Sleepout.


Sarah is an experienced strategic and transformational leader with a passion for people. Sarah partners with senior executives and leaders to understand the business drivers for change, establish clear strategic intent, shape business demand, align stakeholders and build strong relationships to ensure the business successfully realises their strategic objectives.

In her current role as Transformation Director at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank (BEN), Sarah is responsible for leading transformation strategic planning, shaping business demand, facilitating annual investment allocation, providing value assurance and curating the transformation story for Board, Executive, employees, partners, customers and the external market. Sarah leads BEN’s Business Design and CX practices and is invested in leveraging the Bank’s leading customer NPS and trust scores to build our future exceptional customer experiences.

Sarah brings over two decades’ experience in transformational change, program management, strategy, organisational development, change management and communications, diversity and inclusion, leadership and team development. Her previous roles have included Head of Consumer Strategy & Transformation and Head of Performance, Talent and Reward at Bendigo and Adelaide Bank, General Manager of People and Transformation at Rural Bank, and consulting roles with the Macquarie Group and PwC.


Amy Cunningham is the Head of Digital at ING and part of the Retail Leadership team.She joined in July 2020 and leads the Digital Tribe which spans across optimising the digital experience for our customers, future platform strategies, and delivery of a large project portfolio, the design function across our assets and our innovation practice and pipeline to market.

Prior to ING, Amy was at Commonwealth Bank for 10 years working primarily in Digital teams across Retail products and ecommerce, Operational management, and Technology including driving transformation programs. Amy worked in the healthcare industry before banking and believes in the correlation between your finances and health and is an advocate for financial wellness.

Amy is passionate about people and their development and championing diversity and is involved in communities to support this including the Lioness community at ING.


Diane’s core mission is to ensure that AFIA drives a culture of integrity, transparency and fairness across its membership. She is responsible for working with industry leaders on developing the strategic direction of AFIA and driving the performance of AFIA.

Diane has over 25 years of experience in financial services, stakeholder engagement, industry reform and public policy. She has represented the Australian banking and financial services industry in numerous international forums and has advocated for strong governance, balanced regulation and consumer protection and the importance of financial literacy for the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and economies.

Prior to joining AFIA, Diane held various senior executive roles at the Australian Banking Association, including Deputy Chief Executive Officer, where she led the industry through the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry and was the architect of the Banking Reform Program announced in 2016. She has also worked in the Federal Government, AUSTRAC, ASIC and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

Diane holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Macquarie University and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and FINSIA. She is a passionate activist for women in leadership roles, particularly in the financial services industry.