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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sally Cray is Executive Director, Corporate Affairs at the Australian Banking Association. Sally is responsible for working with member banks to lead the association’s government relations, communications, media and campaign strategies.
Sally has 15 years’ experience in policy development, strategy and media.
She has worked at the highest levels of the Australian Government including as Principal Private Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister of Australia from 2015-2018 and has provided strategic and communications advice to senior leaders across the private sector.
Sally has extensive experience in policy advocacy, campaigning, issues management, government and parliamentary process.