Virgin Blue Holdings
Non Executive Director
Sam Mostyn has enjoyed a diverse career across business, politics, science and the arts, the not for profit sector and sport. She is recognised as a sustainability leader and continues to work across a number of industries and sectors.
After many years in senior corporate management roles in telecommunications and insurance, Sam now serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban, Citigroup Australia, and CoverMore. Since 2005 she has served as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League, the first woman to be appointed to that role. Sam’s other roles include serving on the boards of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Sydney Theatre Company, Carriageworks and Australian Volunteers International. She has supported the work of the St James Ethics Centre for many years and more recently joined the St James Ethics Centre Foundation.
Sam is the President of the Australian Council for International Development, and until recently, was a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission. For many years Sam served as a Trustee with the Australian Museum, including as President in 2011‐12.
Sam’s sustainability work encompasses a wide range of interests including climate change, gender and diversity, reconciliation and sustainable economic development. In her full time corporate life at Insurance Australia Group, she worked on the development of a corporate, social and environmental sustainability plan for the company, and oversaw the company's participation n the Australian Business in the Community Network, the launch of the Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change, and the creation of Business for Millennium Development. The company also committed itself to carbon neutrality, and to creating a safe, diverse and flexible workforce.
Sam has long worked to build strong and trusting relationships across disparate sectors of the Australian community, particularly focused on equality of opportunity for women, the need for diversity in leadership and an enduring commitment to reconciliation with indigenous Australians. Sam served on the board of Reconciliation Australia for a number of years, and now supports Michael O’Loughlin and Adam Goodes with their philanthropic work through the GO Foundation. She is Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia, and worked with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick on the Review of the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force, which reported its findings in 2013. In 2012, Sam was appointed to the inaugural National Sustainability Council, which issued the ‘Conversations with the Future’ report during 2013. Sam’s involvement in climate change, science, and advocacy extends across the board of ClimateWorks Australia, chairing the Stakeholder Advisory Council of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, the NSW Climate Change Council, the Climate Council, and an advisory role with the 1 Million Women Climate Campaign. Sam has also had a long involvement with the St James Ethics Centre and the Global Foundation. In 2009, Sam was a member the Crawford Review into Sports Funding in Australia, and served as Chair of AFL SportsReady, the industry’s traineeship company.
Prior to working in the corporate sector, Sam studied Arts/Law at the Australian National University and was an Associate to Justice Michael Kirby, before spending some time practising as a commercial solicitor. She worked as a policy advisor to two Federal Ministers in the areas of communications and the arts, and joined the office of the
Prime Minister, Paul Keating, as a senior communications policy advisor in 1995.
Sam is married to Simeon Beckett, and together with their 14 year old daughter, Lotte, they live a very full life in Sydney.