CEDA Annual Dinner - Our evolving banking sector

Our evolving banking sector | Matt Comyn and Anna Bligh

Nov 23
Join CEDA members and guests for the 2021 Annual Dinner, featuring Commonwealth Bank’s Matt Comyn and the Australian Banking 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.
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Meet the speakers

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

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. She was also Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland and held ministerial responsibilities in Education, Social Welfare, Arts, Economic and State Development and Infrastructure. 

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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