ANNA BLIGH AC 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 and working to 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.
Anna has a deep love of the arts. As Queensland Arts Minister, Anna delivered significant new investment in cultural infrastructure, including GOMA, the transformed State Library, new and renovated performance venues and galleries in regional Queensland. She served as a non-executive director of Bangarra Dance Company from December 2012 to February 2020.
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 APT and holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Queensland and Griffith University.