Anna Bligh is a respected Australian leader and former premier of Queensland. Since 2017, she has led the Australian Banking Association through a period of critical reform, delivering on the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
The ABA’s Executive Leadership Team leads the organisation’s work with government, regulators and other stakeholders to improve public awareness and understanding of the banking industry’s contribution to the Australian economy and community.
While working to strengthen bank culture and rebuild trust, Anna has also driven the industry’s response to COVID-19. She was instrumental in delivering a united approach by Australia’s banks, ensuring millions of customers were supported through the pandemic.
Anna was the Premier of Queensland from 2007 – 2012. She delivered significant economic reform to the state, including investment in infrastructure, science, innovation and the arts. In 2011, Anna managed the state’s response to a devastating series of natural disasters including cyclones and floods.
After her retirement from politics, Anna was appointed CEO of YWCA, NSW with a mission to build a safer world for women and children.
She was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2017 for services to the Parliament of Queensland, and as an advocate for education, the role of women in public life and services to the not-for-profit sector.
Anna is a non-executive director of Medibank Private and Playwriting Australia and holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University.
Vanessa is the Chief Operating Officer at the Australian Banking Association. She is responsible for working with member banks on developing the strategic direction of the ABA and supporting the Chief Executive Officer in providing leadership and operational management and driving the performance of the organisation and the achievement of the industry’s strategic objectives.
Vanessa brings over 25 years’ experience across the corporate, government and not for profit sectors. Vanessa previously held the position of the CEO for the YWCA NSW – leading the organisation from a federated model to a united national organisation, and has also held executive roles in strategy, change management, cultural transformation and organisational development predominantly with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Vanessa is a Judge of the Eureka Prize and serves as a non-executive director of Variety NSW/ACT- the Children’s Charity and of Driveabout World – an Edutech start up improving driver knowledge to achieve road safety.
Christine Cupitt is Executive Director, Policy at the Australian Banking Association. Chris works with member banks, regulators and international agencies to understand and respond to disruption, rapid changes in technology, and the effects of climate change. Chris leads the industry’s policy strategy on major projects, including the transformation of the Australian Payments System and the Sustainable Finance portfolio.
Prior to the ABA, Chris held senior risk, compliance and governance roles in financial services and professional services. Chris holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wollongong and is a Vincent Fairfax Fellow.
Aidan O’Shaughnessy is the Executive Director, Policy at the Australian Banking Association. Aidan is responsible for developing and advocating policy positions to governments and regulators on both domestic and international financial services regulation. In addition to this advocacy, the role has a focus on prudential policy, financial crime, payments and emerging technologies for the digital economy such as Open Banking and identity solutions.
Prior to the ABA, Aidan spent over a decade at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) working on some of the most significant reform programs in financial services and equity markets.
Aidan is a lawyer, holds a Bachelor degree of Arts (Econ) and a Graduate Diploma in Computer Science. Aidan is also a graduate of the Corporate Governance Institute of Australia and holds a Masters of Project Management.