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ACS Industry Insights Leaders Series - Sam Mostyn


Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser, with a long history of sports governance.


ACS Industry Insights Leaders Series features some of the ICT industry’s most respected leaders. The series explores innovation, challenges and opportunities in tech and considers what might be in store in ICT’s constantly evolving world.



The director who leads innovation


As board member and chairwoman of many top tier organisations, Sam Mostyn will share her insights on the role that the board should and can play in encouraging innovation. Sharing her own real life stories, she’ll prove how directors assist not only on preparing for disruption but also make sure to bring their teams along on how to embrace and develop disruption of their own making.


Topic addressed:

  • Experience as board member: The role of a board member, key learnings.

  • How to foster innovation as a board member and director – Role of a director in a team – Take away and real life stories based on her experience


About the speaker


Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser, with a long history of sports governance.


Her current board roles include Mirvac, Transurban and Virgin Australia, and she is the Chair of Citi Australia. She joined the board of the Sydney Swans in 2017, after over a decade serving as a Commissioner with the Australian Football League.


Previous experience


Commission: In 2005 she was the first woman to be appointed to the Commission where she was an advocate for the Respect & Responsibility Policy for the inclusion of women at all levels of the AFL. She was an advocate for the creation of the AFL Women’s league and was the 2018 AFLW Cup Ambassador. In 2009, Sam was a member of the Crawford Review expert panel which examined sports funding in Australia.


Corporate: Her corporate roles have encompassed human resources and culture change, corporate and government affairs, community engagement and corporate sustainability.


Boards: Sam has served on the boards of Reconciliation Australia, the Australian Museum, the Sydney Theatre Company and now chairs Carriageworks and between 2013-2017 was President of the Australian Council for International Development. She was an inaugural commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission, and is Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia. She serves on the board of the GO Foundation, founded by Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin to provide education scholarships to indigenous students.


Sam has served on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, and was recently appointed Chair of ANROWS, the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety.


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