Our evolving banking sector | Matt Comyn and Anna Bligh

Our evolving banking sector | Matt Comyn and Anna Bligh

Nov 23
CEDA is delighted to welcome Commonwealth Bank’s Matt Comyn and the Australian Bankers’ Association’s Anna Bligh to explore the banking sector, now and in the future.
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The Hon. Anna Bligh AC, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Banking Association
Matt Comyn, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank
Richard Spurio, Managing Partner, Allens

Event Overview

Strong, stable and trusted banking systems are integral to the economic and social stability of nations. In Australia, our banking sector has been through a period of considerable change sparked by factors as diverse as a Royal Commission, widespread technology disruption, changing consumer expectations, natural disasters and a global pandemic.

How have these collective challenges changed the way we interact with banks, and the way that banks see their role in the economy and the community? What do the next 12-18 months look like for the sector?

CEDA is delighted to welcome Commonwealth Bank CEO and Australian Banking Association (ABA) Chair, Matt Comyn, and ABA CEO, the Hon. Anna Bligh AC, to the stage for CEDA’s Annual Dinner, to participate in a wide-ranging discussion on the role and future of our banks, including:
  • the opportunities from technology;
  • a holistic view to customer-centricity;
  • the criticality of ESG for consumers and shareholders; and
  • banking’s view of the outlook for the Australian economy.
Livestream start times:
SA: 6.45pm
QLD: 6.15pm
NT: 5.45pm
WA: 4.15pm

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Meet the speakers

The Hon. Anna Bligh AC
Chief Executive Officer, Australian Banking Association

Anna 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. While working to strengthen bank culture and 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.

Matt Comyn
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Commonwealth Bank

Matt has 20 years’ experience in banking across business, institutional, retail and wealth management and has held a number of senior leadership roles since joining the Commonwealth Bank in 1999. Matt was appointed to his current role in April 2018 and is focused on building a simpler bank fully aligned to meeting the needs of customers in core markets, underpinned by stronger risk management and a continuing commitment to innovation and customer service.

Meet the facilitator

Richard Spurio
Managing Partner, Allens

Richard is the Managing Partner of international law firm Allens, which has offices throughout Australia and Asia and a global alliance with Linklaters. Richard chairs the firm's Executive Committee, Community Engagement Board and Inclusion & Diversity Council.

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