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Customer Owned Banking Sector Emerging Leaders

Throughout the customer owned banking sector is a community of vibrant, young, future leaders. Emerging leader events, and the online LinkedIn forum aim to connect young people across the sector, to help them develop, and to access networking opportunities.  

These activities are run by the sector’s Emerging Leader Committee. The Committee is made up of volunteers from COBA member organisations. You can contact the Committee via: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

2020 Emerging Leader Committee Nominations

There are two vacant positions on the Emerging Leader Committee in 2020. COBA member employees that have participated in the Emerging Leaders Stream at a COBA convention and meet other criteria outlined in Nomination Guide are encouraged to apply by Friday 24 January 2020.

The Emerging Leader Committee is made up of volunteers from organisations within the customer owned banking sector.

The Committee plans and organises events and activities throughout the year, particularly the Emerging Leaders sessions at the sector’s annual COBA convention. Applicants should be able to demonstrate organisational and planning skills. Event management skills are not essential but encouraged.

The Emerging Leader Committee is a great way to develop leadership skills and gain exposure to senior leaders across the customer owned banking sector.

There will be seven members on the Committee in 2020, including COBA staff member Natalie Latham, who sits on the Committee as Chairperson. Applicants will need to be available to attend a planning day on Friday 13 March 2020 in Melbourne.

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or a current committee member using the contact details on the Nomination Guide should you wish to discuss the role or your application.

Upcoming Events

  • COBA 2020 has been cancelled due to COVID-19.  Stay tuned for COBA 2021 and COBA 2022 event dates.
We have developed a template email to assist you in pitching to attend COBA 2019. Download template email to send to your manager.

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Bridges COBA Emerging Leader Award

  • Each year emerging leaders from the sector can apply for the Bridges COBA Emerging Leader Award, valued at $10,000 which is announced at the annual Convention. Details relating to the award are available from the COBA Member Portal.


ELs at COBA 2019
Above: 2019 Emerging Leader Group - the Customer Owned Banking Convention, Gold Coast

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Above: 2018 Emerging Leader Group - the Customer Owned Banking Convention, Melbourne

Emerging Leaders COBA 2017Above: 2017 Emerging Leader Group - the Customer Owned Banking Convention, Brisbane

EL Group 2017
Above: 2016 Emerging Leader Group - the Customer Owned Banking Convention, Adelaide

Emerging Leaders Group 2015Above: 2015 Emerging Leader Group - the Customer Owned Banking Convention, Darwin

2014 WYCUP EL Group
Above: 2014 WYCUP EL Group - World Credit Union Conference, Gold Coast

2014 WYCUP EL Session
Above: 2014 WYCUP EL Session - World Credit Union Conference, Gold Coast

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EL Contacts

Natalie Latham
Marketing Manager
P: +61 2 8035 8446
M: +61 422 003 991
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