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Author: Craig Eardley

Hunter young people judged emerging leaders

Two Newcastle-based Greater Building Society staff members have been recognised as emerging leaders nationally and internationally.

Internal communications specialist Emma Avery and transaction services project coordinator Ben Picton were honoured at the World Credit Union Conference held on the Gold Coast this month. 

Ms Avery, 26, was one of five global customer owned financial institution staff members, and the only Australian, to be awarded a World Council Young Credit Union People scholarship. It is presented to those who demonstrate leadership, personal commitment and the potential to significantly influence credit unions in and outside their country. Part of her prize is an all-expense-paid trip to the 2015 World Credit Union Conference in Denver, USA.

Mr Picton, 25, won one of four Emerging Leader Tertiary Education Scholarships open to staff from the 100 customer owned banking organisations across Australia. He will use the scholarship to contribute toward a graduate law degree at the University of New England.

Another Greater staff member attended the World Conference as the outgoing Customer Owned Banking Association’s Australian 2013 Emerging Leader. The Greater’s HR manager staff appointed director of the Greater Charitable Foundation, Kristy Bagnall, 33, got to attend the conference as part of her prize. She also had the opportunity to complete a leadership course at Harvard University in July.

Ms Avery won the Australian 2012 Emerging Leader Award making The Greater the first organisation to take out the award two years running. Ms Bagnall and Ms Avery were also named emerging leaders at the 2013 Hunter Business Women’s Network annual regional conference

Greater CEO Don Magin congratulated all three staff members on their achievements.

Mr Magin said that The Greater is developing young talented local people to ensure it has the skills to continue to meet the changing needs of its customers.

Media information: Craig Eardley on 0437 477 493.

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