Chris Franks - Compassionate and Determined

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Chris Franks is one of the hardest working, smartest and kindest people I know. She’s been chosen as a #ladybadass as she doesn’t let other people’s expectations define her – qualifying originally as a nurse, she’s forged a stellar career in the aid sector, at CEO and board level. Her achievements are even the more remarkable as she was a kid with few choices from a small English village.

She’s one of those rare individuals who has experience across sales, marketing, fundraising, consumer research and customer service at an executive level in both commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Chris is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with over eighteen years governance experience, currently serving as Chair of micro-finance charity RESULTS International Australia which advocates for investment in health, education, nutrition & microfinance programs. Previously she’s acted as director and Chair of not-for-profit, government, financial services, personal insurance and health insurance boards including CUA, CUA Health, NSW Kids & Families. She is the immediate past Chair of Habitat for Humanity Australia where she was a leader of the 2011 and 2013 Hand in Hand Women’s’ Builds in Nepal which built homes for divorced, widowed and abandoned women, alongside 100 women from corporate Australia.

She is also focused on outcomes and belives, like Sheryl Sandberg, that done is better than perfect. She is a strong champion of accountability, working and leading others in developing and implementing a self-regulatory code of conduct for the overseas aid sector for which she received the Australian Council For International Development (ACFID) Award for Outstanding Service to the Aid and Development Sector.

Chris truly believes that our society is stronger, better managed and better governed with women in leadership roles. To that end, she founded and is principal of the Women In Aid & Development network across Australia to encourage, inspire and support women to secure promotion and leadership roles. Her objective is to increase the number of women in CEO and director roles in a female-dominated industry. She combines all this with a wonderful sense of humour and an appetite for life, while never forgetting to send her friends, family and many godchildren a birthday card on time.

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