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International Women’s Day- CAFBA’s Women in Leadership Program

CAFBA celebrates the women that have progressed their career after undertaking the scholarships in 2016 & 2017 - their participation and mentoring of other women in the industry is important to improve diversity. We would also like to recognise the women currently undertaking the scholarships, with the generous support of Westpac, TL Rentals, Macquarie Group, National Australia Bank, Bank of Queensland:


Kristina Alexopoulos, Moody Kiddell & Partners VIC

Kristina has been with Moody Kiddell & Partners for the past five months as an analyst. She graduated from Monash University with a double degree in Commerce and Arts (Global), majoring in Finance and International Studies. She is passionate about using the rapidly changing business environment of today to find new opportunities and improvements for both her clients and colleagues.

As a graduate, she is eager to gain skills to succeed in asset finance and become well known in the industry as a dependable and trusted advocate for her clients. Kristina has participated in Proforce sales training, AML certification and has completed a financial accounting certificate in her time at Moody Kiddell. She looks forward to beginning her Diploma of Finance and Mortgage and Mortgage Broking Management. Her goal is to find success as the leading broker in the country and follow in the footsteps of her colleague, Gareth Powell who won young broker of the year from BOQ.

Kristina aspires to lead by example and one day leading her own team and inspiring a culture of success around her. She is honored to be a part of the CAFBA Women in Leadership Scholarship program and is excited about the opportunities that will follow. Kristina is looking forward to meeting other ambitious women and learning from their experiences.

Maryann Stanton - Perks Banking & Finance SA

Maryann has been working within the financial sector since 1990 and has gained valuable experience in insurance, financial planning and finance. Maryann handles the Equipment Finance loans at Perks Banking & Finance.  She has been with the firm for over 10 years.  She enjoys working closely with clients to source the best loan to meet their needs.

Maryann loves going out for dinner and drinks and listening to live music.  She enjoys spending quality time with her husband, 2 young children, family and friends.

Qualifications: Diploma in Financial Services (Finance & Mortgage Broking)
MFAA (Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia) – Accredited Mortgage Consultant and Full Member

“I am looking forward to broadening my leadership skills through the program. As a female in the Equipment Finance industry it is imperative to improve gender imbalance. I hope the program can help me reach my full potential, improve my personal skills and confidence.”

Alicia Bolton, QPF Finance Group VIC

Graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2011, Alicia kicked off her career writing for lifestyle publications and working on PR campaigns in Sydney and Brisbane, before joining QPF Finance Group in a Marketing role in 2013.

Responsible for QPF’s online lead generation programs, website & digital projects, CRM strategy implementation and general marketing & communications – Alicia loves the variety of challenges this role provides.

In early 2016, Alicia relocated to Japan for 18 months, managing the QPF Marketing Coordinator from abroad. During this time, she also completed a 9-week intensive fullstack web developer bootcamp in Tokyo with aspirations to rebuild the company website and grow QPF’s digital presence. Realising the invaluable experience of working abroad and in co-working spaces, Alicia seeks to effectively grow and manage a motivated and disciplined remote team.

Passionate about web design, UX / UI and digital projects – Alicia appreciates the era we live in where teams can effectively collaborate on projects no matter where they’re located.

Returning to Australia, Alicia is now based in Melbourne. She continues to manage a Marketing Coordinator based in Brisbane, with plans to grow her team in 2018.

“I look forward to building on my capability to effectively guide a motivated, disciplined team who are based in Australia or overseas. It’s important to me that I can be a mentor and build individual ability so my team feel empowered and fulfilled in their jobs.”

Katrina Kelly, Leaselink Business Finance QLD

I have been working in the Equipment Finance Industry for Leaselink Business Finance for the past 5 years and have gained a lot of knowledge and experience in this time which has guided me onto this career path which I thoroughly enjoy and am very passionate about. I am currently in charge of all workflow control dealing with applications, documentation and settlements. I have completed my Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking through the National Finance Institute and have also completed my Diploma of Business Administration. These have given me the skills and knowledge I use each day and have assisted me in gaining the experience necessary to achieve my goals.

I am very excited to start the Accelerated Leadership Performance Program as I think that this course will highly benefit me on both a professional and personal level and help me to develop my personal behaviours and skills. I believe that this course will help me to succeed in my career and assist me in building positive networks with clients and colleagues.

Chelsea Barker, Atlas Equipment Finance - VIC

Chelsea Barker is the Team Leader in the administration department at Atlas Equipment Finance.

“I have been employed at Atlas Equipment Finance for 6 Years. Originally starting as a business administration trainee straight out of high school, I am now in a team leader role and looking to develop my leadership skills. I consider myself a hardworking person and have completed 2 Night School Diplomas since starting full time work, I’m always looking to improve. As part of my position; I am responsible for maintaining the work flow for the administration team, managing applications, documents and settlements.

I feel very privileged to work with such a fantastic team that all genuinely care about the work that is done for our clients.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love food (eating not cooking) and live music (listening not creating) of almost all kinds.

I am looking forward to the Accelerated Leadership Performance program as I am hopeful it will provide further insight into how people can work best together. I have a passion for learning and look forward to gaining more knowledge and improve on some of the qualities I believe a leader should have, this intern will benefit me in my personal and professional life.”

Rebecca Cannon, Atlas Equipment Finance VIC

Rebecca Cannon is the Operations Manager at Atlas Equipment Finance.

“I have been part of the vibrant team at Atlas Equipment Finance for the past four years, initially as a Broker Support officer focusing on building and maintaining our client relationships. As the company has grown, I have been able grow with it. I have received many opportunities along the way, the latest of which has lead me into a leadership role within the organization. As part of my position I have day-to-day responsibility for implementing & managing the activities of the company, executing operational functions of the business and actioning the strategic direction. I also provide management and support to the Sales team and the Sales process.

I have managed my husband’s successful small plumbing business part time for over 15 years. I actively volunteer within the school/kindergarten and church community taking on many diverse roles. Over the years these roles have been President, Vice president and Fundraising Co-Ordinator. During this time, I have completed my Teachers Aide course as well as working with children. Previous to this I was an Import/Export Co-ordinator working in all facets of stainless steel shipments and customs imports.

Throughout my career I have gained enormous satisfaction from creating long lasting connections with the community with whom I interact with. Atlas Equipment Finance has given me the ability to use these skills to benefit myself and those around me.

I am honored to receive and be a part of the CAFBA Women in Leadership Scholarship program. I am excited about the opportunities it will give me to learn new skills and then implement my learnings for the betterment of our community.”

Lucy Howard, Mainland Finance NSW

“I started my career in Finance in 2011 after prior experience in the Financial Planning industry. I am involved in the completion of loan documentation and settlements. I ensure all dealings with clients, financier’s and suppliers are handled efficiently. After completing my Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking, this has allowed me to progress into completing loan applications and will continue working towards becoming a Finance Broker in my own right.

I am looking forward to taking on this challenge to develop communication skills and achieve business goals.”

Wendy Boulton, Mainland Finance NSW

“I have been working in rural finance since 1985. Firstly, with the NAB for 14 years, in both lending and support roles. I moved out of mainstream banking in 1999 and joined Bidgee Finance spending the next 9 years. Commenced with Mainland Finance in 2008 and became partner in July 2017.

My finance experience has therefore been both as a ‘Banker’ as well as a “Broker’.

During this time, I have built and developed very strong client relationships in regional NSW / Vic. I have developed skills to assist in the growth of our clients’ businesses and the growth of Mainland Finance as well.
This 30+ years has covered a broad range of agriculture industries and regions and a variety of seasonal conditions, both good & bad!

I am looking forward to the Leadership program to inspire me to develop, not only my leadership / coaching skills, but to impart these skills to my team to unlock their potential as well. As a new business partner, I am looking at continuing to grow the business which includes increasing my responsibilities and developing and expanding my skills in as many avenues as possible.”


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