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Lyn Cobley has been a global leader in the financial services industry with over 30 years’ experience in senior positions at some of the world’s top banks. She has recently retired from her executive career with the goal of utilising her experience and expertise to assist other companies as an adviser or board director. She has recently undergone further training to expand on her skills in digital transformation with MIT, sustainability with Cambridge University and cybersecurity risk and strategy with RMIT.
Lyn’s most recent role was as CEO of Westpac Institutional Bank, in charge of Westpac’s global relationships with corporate, institutional and government clients, helping them meet strategic and financial goals. She also ran Westpac’s international business across Asia, USA and UK.
Lyn was chair of Westpac’s Asia Advisory Board and on the Board of Trustees of the Westpac Foundation which oversees charity funds Westpac Buckland Fund and Westpac Community Trust that support not-for-profit organisations, taking a fresh approach to society’s big problems.
During and after the GFC, Lyn was the Treasurer of Commonwealth Bank, running the finances of the bank through the extremely challenging times. Prior to that she was Head of Financial Institutions at Barclays and also had experience in fintech start-ups - unusual for someone with her background.
Lyn is a values-led executive, working in an inclusive and collegiate way to build highly-productive teams. She believes banks play a vital role in society, helping people and organisations build their future, the transition required to address the climate change imperative and is focused on rebuilding trust, with one answer being transparent and approachable leadership to encourage early identification of problems.
As a passionate supporter of diversity, inclusion and physical and mental health, Lyn has been executive sponsor of Wellbeing and Domestic Violence Employee Action Groups at Westpac Group. She loves helping businesses grow and was a judge of the Businesses of Tomorrow program helping entrepreneurs and start-ups grow.
Lyn is a member of Chief Executive Women, was named an inaugural AFR Women of Influence in 2012, winner of several industry awards, a graduate of Macquarie University, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and participant in a number of international university executive courses.
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