Background

Sam Mostyn (Board Member)


Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser, with a long history of executive and governance roles across business, sustainability & climate change, sport, the arts, policy, and civil society.

Her current Chair roles include Citi Australia, the GO Foundation, ANROWS, the Australian Women Donors Network, the Foundation for Young Australians, Ausfilm and Alberts.

Sam’s board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and the Centre for Policy Development. She joined the board of the Sydney Swans in 2017, after over a decade serving as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League.

Sam has a long-held interest in climate change and sustainability, currently serving on the boards of Climateworks Australia and The Climate Council.  She was also a founding supporter and Chair of the women’s climate action group 1 Million Women and serves on the Australian faculty of the Cambridge University Business & Sustainability Leadership Program. During her time as a senior executive at Insurance Australia Group, Sam developed an environmental & social sustainability program for the company and in 2006 helped form the Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change, calling for a price on carbon, and climate adaptation plans for Australia.

After the promulgation of the UN SDGs, Sam was a member of the Global Business & Sustainable Development Commission and worked with Global Compact Australia in partnership with the Australian Council for International Development to advance work on the SDGs in Australia. Sam was a member of the National Sustainability Council and currently the National Sustainable Development Council, chaired by Professor John Thwaites, and is a member of the advisory board of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute.

She served on the Qld Government’s Climate Change Council and continues to serve on the NSW Government’s Climate Change Council.

In 2018, Sam was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the Australian National University, in recognition of her work as a pioneer of gender inclusion and equity, and leadership in sustainability and climate change.

Sam was named Winner - Individual, in the IGCC 2019 Climate Awards.

Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources, culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability. She has previously served as President of the Australian Museum, was an inaugural Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission and was Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia.