About Us

Virgin Australia Board of Directors

 Elizabeth Bryan AM - Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Elizabeth Bryan AM
BA (Econ.), MA (Econ.)

Independent Non-Executive Chairman
Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee
Chair, Nomination Committee
Member, Remuneration Committee
Member, Safety and Operational Risk Review Committee

Ms Elizabeth Bryan was appointed Company Chairman to the Virgin Australia Board on 20 May 2015.

Elizabeth brings extensive leadership, strategic and financial expertise to the Board. She has over 32 years of experience in the financial services industry, government policy and administration, and on the boards of companies and statutory organisations.

In addition to her role as Chairman of Caltex Australia, Elizabeth is also currently a Director of Westpac Banking Corporation and Deputy Chairman of Insurance Australia Group. Elizabeth has held a range of different board roles including Chairmanship of UniSuper Limited, as well as directorships of Ridley Corporation Limited and Australia Pacific Airports Corporation.

John Borghetti - Managing Director and CEO
Mr John Borghetti

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer
Member, Safety and Operational Risk Review Committee

 

Mr John Borghetti was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 8 May 2010.

John has more than 40 years’ experience in the aviation sector having previously held a number of senior positions at Qantas, leaving the company in May 2009. John is a director of Coca-Cola Amatil, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the New South Wales Customer Advisory Board.

He was previously a director of Energy Australia (2012-2015), CARE Australia (2005-2011), The Australian Ballet (2009-2011) and Piper Aircraft (USA) (2009-2010).

 

David Baxby - Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr David Baxby
B.Com (Acct), LLB (Hons)
Independent Non-Executive Director
Member, Nomination Committee
Member, Remuneration Committee

Mr David Baxby was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 30 September 2004.

David is Advisor to the Board of Global Blue SA. David was previously the Co-CEO of the Virgin Group until 30 June 2013 and his past directorships include Virgin Atlantic Ltd, Virgin Holidays Ltd, Virgin America Inc and Air Asia X. David was also an investment banker for ten years with Goldman Sachs.

 Mr Tan Meng Hung Marvin - Non-Executive Director
Mr Tan Meng Hung Marvin
BA International Relations, Stanford University

Non-Executive Director
Member, Nomination Committee

Mr Tan Meng Hung Marvin was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 1 January 2016.

Mr Marvin Tan is the Senior Vice President Cabin Crew of Singapore Airlines. Mr Marvin Tan joined Singapore Airlines in 1996 and has held various appointments both in Singapore and overseas. He was seconded to SilkAir, Singapore Airlines’ regional subsidiary, as the airline’s Chief Executive in 2010.

Mr Marvin Tan currently also serves on the Board of Scoot Pte Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations (with Distinction) from Stanford University.

 Christopher Luxon - Non-Executive Director
Mr Christopher Luxon
MCom, Canterbury University

Non-Executive Director
Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee
Member, Nomination Committee

Mr Christopher Luxon was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 4 July 2014.

Christopher is Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand, which is a major shareholder of Virgin Australia. Prior to joining Air New Zealand, he was President and Chief Executive Officer at Unilever Canada. This was one of several senior leadership roles Mr Luxon held during an 18 year career at Unilever where he worked in New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Europe and North America.

Christopher has a Master of Commerce in Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

 Bruno Matheu - Non-Executive Director
Mr Bruno Matheu

Non-Executive Director
Member, Nomination Committee

Mr Bruno Matheu was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 18 February 2015.

Bruno Matheu joined Etihad Airways in December 2014 in the new role of Chief Operating Officer, Equity Partners. He is responsible for strategic developments to optimise business performance, revenues and cost synergies between Etihad Airways and its equity partner airlines, and provide strategic leadership support for partners in which Etihad Airways has management responsibility.

Bruno brings to the group almost 30 years of senior management experience in the global aviation industry. He most recently served as Chief Long Haul Officer at Air France, and prior to that held senior executive roles across Air France, being a member of Air France and Air France-KLM Executive Boards for 17 years. He has also served on the Boards of Air France, Alitalia and the global distribution company Amadeus.

Samantha Mostyn - Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms Samantha Mostyn

B.A, LLB
Independent Non-Executive Director
Member, Nomination Committee
Chair, Remuneration Committee
Member, Safety and Operational Risk Review Committee

Ms Samantha Mostyn was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 1 September 2010.

Samantha is a non-executive director and corporate advisor and has previously held senior executive positions at IAG, Optus and Cable & Wireless Plc. Samantha became a director of the Transurban Group in December 2010, Citibank Australia in July 2011, Cover-More Group Ltd in December 2013 and Mirvac Group in March 2015. Samantha is a board member of the Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Volunteers International, the Climate Council and Carriageworks. She is President of ACFID and Deputy Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia. Samantha is an AFL Commissioner and a director of the GO foundation. She has previously served as a Commissioner with the National Mental Health Commission and served on the Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force.

Robert Thomas - Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Robert Thomas
B.Econ, MSAA, SF Fin
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee
Member, Nomination Committee
Member, Remuneration Committee

Mr Robert Thomas was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 8 September 2006.

Robert has more than 40 years’ experience in the securities industry. He is the Chairman of Starpharma Holdings Ltd and Aus Bio Ltd. He is a director of Heartware International Inc, O’Connell Street Associates Pty Ltd, Grahger Capital Securities Pty Ltd, REVA Medical, Inc, and Biotron Ltd.

Mr John Patrick (JP) Moorhead - Non-Executive Director
Mr John Patrick (JP) Moorhead
MA, MEng
Non-Executive Director
Member, Nomination Committee

Mr JP Moorhead was appointed as Alternate Director for Mr Joshua Bayliss from 25 August 2014 until the resignation of Joshua Bayliss on 22 September 2015.

He was appointed to the VAH board as director on 22 September 2015. JP is CFO of the Virgin Group and responsible for the Group’s overall financial and risk positions as well as accounting, financing, tax, treasury and certain portfolio matters. JP has served as a director of various Virgin Group operating companies including Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Rail as well as a number of Virgin Group holding companies. Prior to joining Virgin, JP spent eight years at Goldman Sachs in London and Sydney where he worked on a broad range of strategic advisory, M&A and capital markets transactions.

 

The Hon. Mark Vaile AO
The Hon. Mark Vaile AO
Former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia
Independent Non-Executive Director
Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee
Member, Nomination Committee
Chair, Safety and Operational Risk Review Committee

The Hon. Mark Vaile was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 22 September 2008.

He is Chairman of Whitehaven Coal Ltd, Palisade’s Regional Infrastructure Fund and Australia Korea Business Council and was previously Chairman of CBD Energy Ltd. Mark is a director of Stamford Land Corporation Ltd, HostPlus Superfund Ltd and Servcorp Ltd. In 2012 Mark was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Mark was a Member of the Australian Parliament from 1993 to 2008. He was Deputy Prime Minister (2005- 2007), Minister for Trade (1999-2006), Minister for Transport and Aviation (1997-1998, 2006-2007) and Minister for Agriculture (1998-1999).