Sam Mostyn has enjoyed a diverse career across business, politics, science and the arts, international development, not-for-profit sector, indigenous reconciliation 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, broadcasting and insurance, Sam now serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Virgin Australia, Transurban, Mirvac, and
chairs Citibank Australia. She served on the board for the listing of CoverMore, which was recently sold to Zurich Insurance. Sam has advocated for a more inclusive environment in the governance and management
of Australian companies, particularly in relation to gender, but also cultural, skills and age diversity. She serves on the Remuneration Committees of Transurban and Mirvac and chairs the Remuneration Committee
of Virgin Australia.
Sam serves on the Community Advisory Committee of Westpac, and the Ethics Committee of Insurance Australia Group.
For the past 4 years, Sam has been the President of the Australian Council for International Development, the peak body for the 130 international aid and development organisations in Australia. Her term concludes
in November this year. During her term, Sam has worked collaboratively with the development sector, DFAT and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and encouraged the private sector to engage in international
development through initiatives such as the UN Global Compact.
In 2015, Sam was appointed a Commissioner with the Business Commission for Sustainable Development – a global organisation chaired by Unilever CEO Paul Polman which aims to engage the business community
with the opportunities and responsibilities of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
From 2005 to 2016, she served as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League, the first woman to be appointed to that role. She was an advocate for a more inclusive industry, strongly supporting the
creation of an AFL Womens' League, and the focus on committing the league to respect for multiculturalism and indigenous Australia. She now serves on the board of the Sydney Swans.
Sam’s other roles have included serving on the boards of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Volunteers International, and Reconciliation Australia. She served as a
Commissioner with the inaugural National Mental Health Commission. For many years Sam served as a Trustee with the Australian Museum, including as President in 2011-12.
Sam is currently Chair of Carriageworks, a contemporary arts and culture precinct in Redfern/North Eveleigh in Sydney.
Sam’s sustainability work encompasses a wide range of interests including climate change, gender and diversity, reconciliation, sustainable economic development and business engagement with the Sustainable
Development Goals. 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 in 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 at that time 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 then 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 boards of ClimateWorks Australia, the Climate Council and the NSW
Climate Change Council. She previously chaired the Stakeholder Advisory Council of the CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, and has an advisory role
with the 1 Million Women Climate Campaign.
In 2009, Sam was a member of the Crawford Review into Sports Funding in Australia which recommended the reform of sports funding and community
sports development in Australia. She 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 at Freehills and Gilbert + Tobin. 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
Sam is married to Simeon Beckett, and together with their 18 year old daughter, Lotte, they live a very full life in Sydney.