Management Team

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.

Anna Bligh
Anna Bligh
Chief Executive Officer
Anna Bligh

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.

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Vanessa Beggs
Vanessa Beggs
Chief Operating Officer
Vanessa Beggs

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.

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Nathalie Samia
Nathalie Samia
Executive Director, Corporate Affairs
Nathalie Samia

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.

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Christine Cupitt
Christine Cupitt
Executive Director, Policy
Christine Cupitt

Christine Cupitt is the Executive Director, 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.

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Aidan O’Shaughnessy
Aidan O’Shaughnessy
Executive Director, Policy
Aidan O’Shaughnessy

Aidan O’Shaughnessy is the Executive Director, Policy at the Australian Banking Association, responsible for developing and advocating policy positions to governments and regulators on domestic and international banking reforms and regulation.

Prior to joining the ABA, Aidan spent ten years 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.

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