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Anna Bligh, Chief Executive Officer
Anna Bligh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Bankers’ 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 Bankers’ 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
Tony Pearson is the Executive Director – Industry Policy at the Australian Bankers’ 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 Bankers' Association, leading the organisation's communications and media strategy and government outreach program.
Nat 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, Nat 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.