About Us

Virgin Australia Board of Directors

Neil Chatfield
Mr Neil Chatfield
M. Bus. FCPA, FAICD

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

Neil Chatfield was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 11 May 2006 and appointed Company Chairman on 14 June 2007.

Neil is an established executive and non-executive director with experience across a range of industries.

He has extensive experience in general and financial management, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and risk management. His most recent executive role was executive director and Chief Financial Officer of Toll Holdings Ltd for over ten years to 2009. Neil is currently Chairman of Seek Ltd, since 2012 having been a non-executive director since 2005. He is also a director of Transurban Group since 2009 and Recall Holdings Ltd since 2013.

Neil was also a non-executive Director of Whitehaven Coal Ltd from May 2007 to May 2012 and Grange Resources from January 2009 to April 2014.

John Borghetti
Mr John Borghetti

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

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 Energy Australia, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the New South Wales Customer Advisory Board, and Chairman of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd.

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

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

David Baxby was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 30 September 2004. He is also a Director of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd.

David is the CEO 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.

Joshua Bayliss
Mr Joshua Bayliss
LLB (Hons.), B.A
Non-Executive Director
Member, Nomination Committee

Joshua Bayliss was appointed to the Virgin Australia Board on 6 April 2011.

Joshua is Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Group, based in Geneva.

In his role as CEO he is responsible for managing the Group’s global investment portfolio, development and licensing of the Virgin brand and incubation of new Virgin businesses.

Josh has extensive experience as both an executive and non-executive director of a large number of companies across the Virgin Group globally in all of Virgin’s industry sectors including aviation, financial services, telecoms and media, health and wellness and entertainment.

He has been with the Virgin Group since 2005, previously serving as the Group’s General Counsel before taking on the CEO role in 2011.

Samantha Mostyn
Ms Samantha Mostyn

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

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 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. Samantha became a director of the Transurban Group in December 2010, Citibank Australia in July 2011 and Cover-More Group Ltd in December 2013. 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
Mr Robert Thomas
B.Econ, MSAA, SF Fin
Independent Non-Executive Director
Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee
Member, Nomination Committee Member, Remuneration Committee

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 TAL Ltd, 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.

Robert is the President of the Library Council of NSW and is a member of the Inteq Advisory Board.

Mark Vaile
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

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).

 Christopher Luxon
Mr Christopher Luxon
MCom, Canterbury University

Non-Executive Director

Mr Christopher Luxon was appointed to the VAH Board as director on 4 July 2014.

Christopher is Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand Limited (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 Christopher 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.

 Mr Goh Choon Phong
Mr Goh Choon Phong
MS (EE & CS), BS (CSE), BS (Management), BS (Cognitive Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Non-Executive Director

Mr Goh Choon Phong was appointed to the VAH Board as director on 4 July 2014.

Choon Phong is a Director and Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines Limited (Singapore Airlines). Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Choon Phong held senior management positions in various divisions in Singapore Airlines, ranging from Marketing to Information Technology, Finance and Cargo. Choon Phong also served as President of Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd from 2006 to 2010. Choon Phong is also a director of SIA Engineering Company Limited, Mount Alvernia Hospital and is a member of the Board of Governors of the International Air Transport Association.

Choon Phong has a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as well as three Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Science & Engineering, Management Science and Cognitive Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 James Hogan
Mr James Hogan

Non-Executive Director

Mr James Hogan was appointed to the VAH Board as director on 4 July 2014.

James is the President and Chief Executive of Etihad Airways P.J.S.C. (Etihad Airways) and brings more than 30 years of travel industry expertise to the Board. He started his career at Ansett Holdings Ltd Group (Ansett) and subsequently held senior positions with bmi, Hertz, Forte Hotels and Gulf Air, where he served as Chief Executive for four years. James is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a former non-executive director and audit committee member of Gallaher Plc. He currently serves as vice chairman on the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and is a member of the UBS Industrialisation Advisory Board and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors. He serves as vice chairman of equity partner, airberlin plc, and is a member of the Jet Airways Board.