Ms Bligh was the 37th Premier of Queensland from 2007 to 2012. Anna was an Australian Labor Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland seat of South Brisbane from 1995 to 2012. Ms Bligh was the first woman to be appointed Premier of Queensland, the third female Premier of an Australian state, and the sixth female head of government of an Australian state or territory. 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. Following the election of the Beattie Labor Government in June 1998, her first ministerial responsibility was as Minister for Families, Youth and Community Care and Disability Services.

Prior to her election, on 15 July 1995, Ms Bligh worked in many community organisations and in the Queensland Public Service, in employment, training and industrial relations policy.

Anna is currently the CEO of YWCA NSW, she joined the Bangarra Board of Directors in February 2013 and also serves on the Board of Medibank Private.

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