Anna Bligh AC

Biography:

Ms Bligh was the 37th Premier of Queensland from 2007 to 2012, and the first woman to be appointed Premier of Queensland.

She led Labor to victory in the 2009 Queensland state election, becoming the first woman elected in her own right as a state premier in Australia.

Anna was Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Infrastructure in Queensland from July 2005 – September 2007 and was formerly Minister for Finance, State Development, Trade and Innovation.

Prior to that she was Queensland’s first female Education Minister. During that time she also had responsibilities for the Arts portfolio, overseeing construction of the Millennium Arts Precinct and a range of new initiatives in the arts and cultural sector.

Anna received an AC, Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia award in the 2017 Australia Day Honours list. In recognition of her eminent service to the Parliament of Queensland, particularly as Premier, to infrastructure development and education reform, as an advocate for the role of women in public life and to the not-for-profit sector.

Anna is currently the CEO of the Australian Bankers' Association. She joined the Bangarra Board in February 2013 and also serves on the Board of Medibank Private.