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Meet Cathy

As a program Ambassador, Cathy will be visiting high schools in the coming months to use her real-life banking experience to deliver practical and relevant content around money management, savings strategies and how to make informed financial decisions. Cathy explains why she got involved what she’s enjoying most about being part of the program.
What prompted you to become a Financial Academy Ambassador?

Opening many bank accounts for teenagers, young adults and not so young adults, who surprise me with how little they know about how and where to save.

Why is financial literacy important to you?

Because life has taught me that it is not what you earn but what you do with it that gets you what you want in your life.

What are you looking forward to most in delivering the program?

Throwing my knowledge out there and seeing what those young inquisitive minds throw back at me.

What was your financial literacy ‘ah-ha’ moment?

I read an article about what children learn / know because of their parent’s occupation.

The financial literacy skills I have gained through many years in banking have passed on to my children who are both young adults living exciting lives and able to follow their dreams because they have made some great financial decisions.

In contrast their friends say to them that they wished they had learnt the skills of saving.

Want to get involved?

Want one of the Finance Academy Ambassadors to visit your teenager's high school for FREE to develop their financial literacy skills? Here's how you can encourage your school to get involved in the Greater Bank Finance Academy:

Express your interest

  • Parents can send this website to your child's school to inform them of the program: 
  • High schools express their interest by emailing
  • The University of Newcastle will provide further information and coordinate all logistics with the school

Content is Supplied

  • The University of Newcastle will supply all lesson content to the teacher. This includes 4 core lessons, plus up to 3 electives chosen at school's discretion
  • Teachers deliver lessons 1 and 3, plus any electives chosen

UoN and Greater Bank visit your school

  • University of Newcastle and Greater Bank Ambassadors present lessons 2 and 4
  • Ambassadors challenge students to think differently and provide real world examples of financial literacy in action!

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