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Anna Bligh, Chief Executive Officer

Anna Bligh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Banking Association. Her priorities include strengthening the culture in banking and delivering the right outcomes for customers.

Anna has had a long and distinguished career in politics, and was the Premier of Queensland for almost five years until March 2012. She was also Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland and held ministerial responsibilities in Education, Social Welfare, Arts, Economic and State Development and Infrastructure.

Anna’s leadership came to national and international attention as she led the response and recovery effort to devastating floods in Queensland in January 2011.

Prior to joining the ABA, Anna was the CEO of YWCA NSW, a not-for-profit organisation striving to build a safer world for women and children with programs and services dedicated to ending domestic violence.

In recognition of her eminent service 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 received a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia award in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list.

Anna holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University.

Anna Bligh is a non-executive director of Medibank Private and Bangarra Dance Company.  

Diane Tate, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Diane Tate is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Banking Association. She is responsible for working with member banks on developing strategy and policies as well as 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.

Diane has over 20 years of experience in public policy and prior to joining the ABA worked as an adviser in Federal Parliament. She has also worked at the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission developing policy in response to law reform and providing advice and research support to operational activities.


Tony Pearson, Chief Economist & Executive Director 

Tony Pearson is the Chief Economist and Executive Director – Industry Policy at the Australian Banking Association, responsible for leading initiatives that demonstrate the banking industry’s strong contribution to economic prosperity. 

Tony is a professional economist with a deep knowledge of global and Australian economies, banking and financial markets. Prior to joining the ABA, Tony worked as Chief Economic Adviser to the Hon. Joe Hockey MP, both as Shadow Treasurer and then Treasurer. Tony has also worked at the Reserve Bank of Australia and held a number of senior positions in the banking industry, including Global Head of Economics, Global Markets Division at NAB and Deputy Chief Economist at ANZ.



Nathalie Samia – Executive Director, Corporate Affairs

Nathalie Samia is Executive Director, Corporate Affairs at the Australian Banking Association, leading the organisation's communications, marketing and government outreach program.

Nathalie has 20 years of experience working with top 20 ASX listed companies, including Woolworths and IAG, as well as in politics and consulting.

Prior to joining the ABA, Nathalie worked in New York assisting Australian companies entering the US market make their mark through media and stakeholder engagement. She also advised US corporations of the political and regulatory environment in Australia and the implications for their business ambitions.



Christine Cupitt – Executive Director, Policy

Christine Cupitt is the Executive Director of Policy at the Australian Banking Association. Christine is responsible for working with member banks on setting policy strategy and developing and advocating policy positions on financial services, consumer protection regulation, corporate governance, and culture and conduct.

Prior to the ABA, Christine held senior risk, compliance and governance roles in financial services, and consulting. 

Christine’s professional focus is on protecting the interests of consumers through meaningful culture and conduct initiatives and robust risk, governance and conflicts management processes.

What’s new

A sensible path forward for Open Banking
10 May 2018
Open Banking will allow customers, at their request, to share their personal information with other financial institutions to allow them to find a better deal on expenses such as electricity bills, telecommunications and other items.
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ABA blog

Customers at centre of mortgage industry overhaul
Christine Cupitt, Executive Director - Policy, Australian Banking Association
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