Julia Banks is an author, leadership consultant, keynote speaker, opinion writer, and lawyer – who runs her own consultancy business.
An established thought leader – Julia Banks’ broad experience spans across the public and private sectors, her term in federal politics and her consulting business. Julia’s expertise and advocacy focusses on leadership, safe, respectful and positive workplace cultures, governance and risk and issues management.
Julia Banks has served in the Australian Federal Parliament as both a government and independent MP, and has held General Counsel, Executive Director, Company Secretary and Board member roles in global blue-chip companies, as well as several non-executive director and advisory roles in Australian organisations.
Julia has led large and small teams and worked in boardrooms and courtrooms predominantly in the corporate, commercial, governance, risk and issues management, and diversity and inclusion space.
During her federal parliamentary term Julia served as a government MP and then as an independent MP during which time her primary areas of advocacy at a national level were in relation to gender and cultural equality, climate change action and humanitarian issues.
Julia’s consulting and speaking work has harnessed her deep understanding and ability to tailor her consulting work, keynote speeches and panel discussions across workplace sectors – ranging from the law, manufacturing, professional and finance services, construction, consumer marketing and retail, sport, academia, mining, public sector organisations and local, state and federal levels of government.
An experienced keynote speaker, panel member and moderator, Julia also regularly authors opinion pieces which have been published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper & The New Daily and appears in radio and television, and mainstream media interviews regarding current affairs.
Julia’s bestselling book ‘Power Play, Breaking through bias barriers and boys’ clubs’ – part memoir’ meets resource guide for those aspiring to leadership positions – received excellent reviews and was nominated in the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards.
Julia Banks graduated in Arts & Law from Monash University in Melbourne Australia, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Governance Institute.
Thank you for openly sharing your story and experiences and for inspiring us to continue to strive to achieve a more equitable environment.– Commercial Manager – ADCO Constructions
Julia was inspiring and authentic and made our event so successful.– Deloitte Executive
Great session. Very insightful into integrity and leadership.– Attendee at Australian institute of Health and Safety Conference – May 2022
Julia Banks was the best rated speaker of the day.– Governance Institute of Australia
Julia was incredible! Engaging, entertaining and impactful. She made the event a success.– Payton Capital