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Our IBA- Meet Jessica

Our IBA- Meet Jessica

Posted 13 February 2024

About Jessica  

Jess on one of her amazing adventures 

I am a proud Wiradjuri woman who grew up on Lake Macquarie (Awabakal Country) where I met my now husband. I currently live near Canberra with my husband and two beautiful daughters. While I consider myself a homebody, I enjoy going on hikes wherever I am. Hiking provides me with an opportunity to reconnect with nature and to be present in the moment, either with myself or with friends and loved ones. 

What is your role at IBA? 

I am a Risk & Compliance Officer in the Legal & Risk Team. My team and I assist with IBA’s processes, policies, systems, and controls aimed at better managing risk and compliance obligations at IBA. We work closely with IBA’s Board, Executive and staff at all levels to provide high quality risk management and compliance support.  

Our ultimate goal is to ensure our staff are managing their compliance requirements in the most risk-aware manner possible to look after our customers. We do that through policy procedures, as well as the necessary training – all of which I get to have a hand in.  

It might seem boring to some, but I know how important this stuff is and it makes me feel good to be part of looking after our staff and customers. 

Journey to IBA 

I completed a traineeship course in year 11 and 12 with a ‘big four’ bank. Once I graduated from high school, I continued working in the banking industry while attending university, where I studied a business degree at the University of Newcastle. 

As I was heading towards the end of my degree, I found a notice for the IBA Graduate Program on UNE’s noticeboard. After some research I immediately resonated with IBA's purpose and values. I loved the idea of giving back to community and knew IBA was a place that I wanted to work at because of what it was and is doing for mob.  

After being successfully selected for the graduate program in 2015, I started in the Quality Assurance team and also had a rotation in the Communications team. Following the successful completion of the graduate program I worked in Quality Assurance, as a Principal Quality Assurance Officer and Manager Quality Assurance for five and a half years.  

Towards the end of 2021, I joined the Risk & Legal team as a Risk and Compliance Officer and have been working here ever since.  

Why IBA  

I love what IBA has to offer and the amazing work we do. I enjoy being part of an organisation which gives back to community and works with its customers to provide them the tools they need to be successful in their home ownership or business ownership journey. 

What TV show or movie is on repeat and why?  

I absolutely love Brooklyn Nine-Nine it’s a comedy series about the Brooklyn Police Department. The show is light-hearted, fun, and funny. It’s a show that allows you to disconnect and enjoy the present moment.