Our leadership

The responsibilities and experience of our Board of Directors and Group Management Committee.

Board of Directors

Ten-member Board comprises a majority of independent Non-Executive Directors who, together with the Executive Director (Group CEO), have extensive experience and diverse perspectives. They bring independence, accountability and judgement to the Board's deliberations to ensure maximum benefit to shareholders, customers, suppliers, employees, government regulators and members of the community where Qantas operates. The Board is made up of four women and six men.

At our Annual General Meeting in November 2021, Barbara Ward and Paul Rayner will both retire as directors, taking the board to eight members for the foreseeable future. 

Richard Goyder AO

BCom, FAICD | Chairman and Independent Non-Executive Director
Age: 61

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Richard Goyder was appointed to the Qantas Board in November 2017 and as Chairman in October 2018.

He is Chairman of the Nominations Committee.

Mr Goyder is Chairman of Woodside Petroleum Limited, the Australian Football League Commission, JDRF Australia, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and of the Channel 7 Telethon Trust. He is an honorary member of the Business Council of Australia, and a Fellow of the AICD.

Mr Goyder was the Managing Director and CEO of Wesfarmers Limited from July 2005 to November 2017. He also previously held the roles of Finance Director between 2002 and 2004, and Deputy Managing Director and CFO between 2004 and 2005.

Mr Goyder was also formerly Chairman of the Australian B20 (the key business advisory body to the World Economic Forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies).

Alan Joyce AC

BSc, MSc, MA, FRAeS, FTSE | Chief Executive Officer
Age: 55

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Alan Joyce was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas in November 2008.

He is a Member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee.

Mr Joyce is a Director of the Business Council of Australia, a Member of the International Air Transport Association’s Board of Governors, having served as Chairman from 2012 to 2013 and a Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. He is also a Director of a number of controlled entities of the Qantas Group.

Mr Joyce was the Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar from 2003 to 2008. Before that, he spent over 15 years in leadership positions with Qantas, Ansett and Aer Lingus.

At both Qantas and Ansett, he led the network planning, schedules planning and network strategy functions. Mr Joyce spent eight years at Aer Lingus, where he held roles in sales, marketing, IT, network planning, operations research, revenue management and fleet planning.

Maxine Brenner

BA, LLB | Independent Non-Executive Director
Age: 59

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Maxine Brenner was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2013.

She is a Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Audit Committee.

Ms Brenner is a Director of Origin Energy Limited, Orica Limited and Woolworths Group Limited. She is a Member of the Council of the University of New South Wales.

Ms Brenner was formerly a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Investec Bank (Australia) Limited. She has extensive experience in corporate advisory work, particularly in relation to mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructures and general corporate activity. She also practised as a lawyer with Freehill Hollingdale & Page (now Herbert Smith Freehills), where she specialised in corporate work, and spent several years as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at both the University of NSW and the University of Sydney.

Ms Brenner was also formerly the Deputy Chairman of the Federal Airports Corporation and a Director of Neverfail Springwater Limited, Bulmer Australia Limited, Treasury Corporation of NSW and Growthpoint Properties Australia Limited. She also served as a Member of the Australian Government’s Takeovers Panel.

Jacqueline Hey

BCom, Grad Cert (Mgmt), GAICD | Independent Non-Executive Director
Age: 55

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Jacqueline Hey was appointed to the Qantas Board in August 2013.

She is a Member of the Audit Committee.

Ms Hey is Chair of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Limited, a Director of AGL Energy Limited and Chairman of its Safety, Customer & Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Ms Hey was formerly a Director of Cricket Australia from 2012 to 2020, the Australian Foundation Investment Company Limited from 2013 to 2019, Melbourne Business School from 2013 to 2018, the Special Broadcasting Service from 2011 to 2016 and a Member of the ASIC Directory Advisory Panel from 2013 to 2016.

Between 2004 and 2010, Ms Hey was Managing Director of various Ericsson entities in Australia and New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and the Middle East. Her executive career with Ericsson spanned more than 20 years in which she held finance, marketing, sales and leadership roles.

Belinda Hutchinson AC

BEc, FCA, FAICD | Independent Non-Executive Director
Age: 68

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Belinda Hutchinson was appointed to the Qantas Board in April 2018.

She is a Member of the Audit Committee and the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee.

Ms Hutchinson is currently Chancellor of the University of Sydney and Chairman of Thales Australia.

Ms Hutchinson was also Chairman of the Future Generation Global Investment Company between May 2015 and June 2021.

She has over 30 years' experience in the financial services sector, working in senior roles at Citibank and Macquarie Group. Ms Hutchinson also has extensive board experience. She was formerly Chairman of QBE Insurance Limited, a Director of Telstra Corporation Limited, Coles Group Limited, Crane Group Limited, Energy Australia Limited, TAB Limited, Snowy Hydro Trading Limited, Sydney Water and AGL Energy.

Ms Hutchinson was awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2020 in recognition of her service to business, tertiary education and scientific research, and for her philanthropic endeavours to address social disadvantage. 

Michael L'Estrange AO

BA (Syd), MA (Oxon) | Independent Non-Executive Director
Age: 69

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Michael L’Estrange was appointed to the Qantas Board in April 2016.

He is a Member of the Remuneration Committee and the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee.

Mr L'Estrange was Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University from 2009 to 2015. Prior to this, he was the Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for almost five years and the Australian High Commissioner to the UK between 2000 and 2005. He served as Secretary to Cabinet and was Head of the Cabinet Policy Unit from 1996 for more than four years and, prior to that, as Executive Director of the Menzies Research Centre.

Mr L'Estrange was also a Non-Executive Director of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Limited between September 2014 and May 2021.

He has been a Director of the University of Notre Dame, Australia since 2014, and was appointed Deputy Chancellor of the University of Notre Dame, Australia in 2017.

Mr L'Estrange studied at the University of Sydney and later as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he graduated with a Master of Arts with First Class Honours.

Paul Rayner

BEc, MAdmin, FAICD | Independent Non-Executive Director
Age: 67

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Paul Rayner was appointed to the Qantas Board in July 2008.

He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a Member of the Nominations Committee.

Mr Rayner is Chairman of Treasury Wine Estates Limited, a Director of Boral Limited and Chairman of its Audit Committee, and a Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Mr Rayner was formerly a Director of Centrica plc from 2004 to 2014 and Chairman of its Audit Committee from 2004 to 2013. From 2002 to 2008,
Mr Rayner was Finance Director of British American Tobacco plc based in London. Mr Rayner joined Rothmans Holdings Limited in 1991 as its Chief Financial Officer and held other senior executive positions within the Group, including Chief Operating Officer of British American Tobacco Australasia Limited from 1999 to 2001.

Previously, Mr Rayner worked for 17 years in various finance and project roles with General Electric, Rank Industries and the Elders IXL Group.

Todd Sampson

MBA, BA (Hons) | Independent Non-Executive Director
Age: 51

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Todd Sampson was appointed to the Qantas Board in February 2015.

He is a Member of the Remuneration Committee.

Mr Sampson was Executive Chairman of the Leo Burnett Group from September 2015 to January 2017, and National Chief Executive Officer from 2008 to 2015. He was also a Director of Fairfax Media Limited from 2014 to 2018.

Mr Sampson has over 20 years’ experience across marketing, communication, new media and digital transformation. He has held senior leadership and strategy roles for a number of leading communication companies in Australia and overseas, including as Managing Partner for D’Arcy, Strategy Director for The Campaign Palace and Head of Strategy for DDB Needham Worldwide.

Antony Tyler

BA (Jurisprudence) | Independent Non-Executive Director
Age: 66

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Antony Tyler was appointed to the Qantas Board in October 2018.

He is Chairman of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee, and a member of the Nominations Committee.

Mr Tyler was Director General and Chief Executive of the International Air Transport Association from 2011 to 2016. Prior to this, Mr Tyler spent over 30 years with Cathay Pacific Airways Limited. His career includes several management and executive roles in Hong Kong, the UK, Italy, Japan, Canada, the Philippines and Australia before serving in the role of Chief Executive Officer from 2007 to 2011.

He is a Non-Executive Director of Bombardier Inc, BOC Aviation Limited and Trans Maldivian Airways Limited and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Barbara Ward AM

BEc, MPolEc | Independent Non-Executive Director
Age: 67

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Barbara Ward was appointed to the Qantas Board in June 2008.

She is Chairman of the Audit Committee, a Member of the Safety, Health, Environment and Security Committee and a Member of the Nominations Committee.

Ms Ward is a Director of Crestone Holdings Limited.

She was formerly a Director of Ampol Limited (previously Caltex Australia Limited), Brookfield Capital Management Limited, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Lion Nathan Limited, Data Advantage Limited, O’Connell Street Associates Pty Ltd, Allco Finance Group Limited, Rail Infrastructure Corporation, Delta Electricity, Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Essential Energy and a number of Brookfield Multiplex Group companies. She was also Chairman of Country Energy, NorthPower and HWW Limited, a Board Member of Allens Arthur Robinson, the Sydney Opera House Trust and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, and on the Advisory Board of LEK Consulting.

Ms Ward was Chief Executive Officer of Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services from 1993 to 1998. Before that, Ms Ward held various positions at TNT Limited, including General Manager Finance, and also served as a Senior Ministerial Advisor to The Hon PJ Keating.

Group Management Committee

The Qantas Group’s Management Committee is made up of 11 senior executives. They bring a breadth of experience spanning the operational and commercial dimensions of multiple airlines in different countries, as well as experience in marketing, customer experience, loyalty, legal and other disciplines.

Alan Joyce AC

Chief Executive Officer

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Alan Joyce has been Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Qantas since November 2008.

Under his leadership Qantas has implemented its biggest transformation since privatisation in 1995, renewed its fleet and technology, lifted customer satisfaction to record levels and expanded with new ventures and partnerships.

As the founding Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar from October 2003, Alan established its operations in Australia and across Asia over his five years in the role.

Among other roles in business and the community, Alan is a Director of the Business Council of Australia, a member of the Male Champions of Change and an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation NSW.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Science (Physics and Mathematics) (Honours) and a Master of Science in Management Science.

Andrew David

Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Domestic and International

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Andrew David has extensive airline experience. He commenced with Qantas as Chief Operating Officer in July 2014 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Domestic in March the following year. In September 2020, Andrew’s role expanded to include functional responsibility for Qantas International following the consolidation of the domestic and international business units during the COVID-19 crisis. Prior to joining Qantas, he was Executive Director for Jetstar Japan. Previous roles have included Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Airways Australia for eighteen months, and Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Australia for five and a half years.

Andrew moved to Australia in 2005 from New Zealand where he’d spent thirteen years with Air New Zealand in various executive roles. Andrew began his career in IT consultancy.

He has an Executive MBA from Auckland University. His experience covers both full service and low cost carriers. He has been involved in start-ups, mergers, acquisitions and major change programs and has a broad range of commercial, operational and people leadership skills.

Gareth Evans

Chief Executive Officer, Jetstar Group

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Gareth Evans was appointed CEO Jetstar Group in November 2017. Prior to this, Gareth was CEO Qantas International and Freight from March 2015, during which time he led the successful turnaround of Qantas’ international operations and the arrival of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into the Qantas Fleet.

Gareth was the Chief Financial Officer of the Qantas Group from March 2010 to February 2015.

Prior to March 2010, Gareth’s roles with Qantas covered many areas including a number of senior financial roles within the Group, commercial and business analytics and the implementation of major business change initiatives; scheduling of the international and domestic network, ticket pricing, revenue management and daily airline operations; as well as readiness activities for the arrival of the Airbus A380.

Prior to joining the Qantas Group in 1999, Gareth held a number of corporate finance roles with Caltex Australia and KPMG in Australia and the UK.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Andrew Finch

General Counsel and Group Executive, Office of the CEO

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Andrew Finch joined Qantas in 2012 and is the Qantas Group’s General Counsel and Group Executive, Office of the CEO, as well as Company Secretary.

Andrew leads teams with responsibility for the management of legal, governance, compliance and business integrity, industrial relations, remuneration and benefits, and corporate affairs across the Qantas Group.

Andrew has more than 25 years of legal experience in Australia and overseas, joining the Qantas Group from leading Australian practice Allens, where he had been a partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and general corporate and governance advice.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Master of Laws with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Business Administration (Exec) from the AGSM. He is a member of the ACC General Counsel Advisory Board, and ACC Australia’s GC100 and Advocacy Network.

John Gissing

Group Executive, Associated Airlines and Services

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John Gissing was appointed as Group Executive, Associated Airlines and Services in March 2015.

Previously serving as Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Regional Airlines Group with responsibility for QantasLink branded operations, John’s role has expanded to encompass Group Safety, Group Security, the Qantas Group Pilot Academy, Auckland-based Boeing 737 operator Jetconnect and shared services for workforce planning and ground operations across Qantas.

He held the position of Executive Manager, Group Safety and Health between 2009 and 2012, following six years at Jetstar as the Group General Manager, Flight Operations and Safety where he was a founding member of the Jetstar senior management team in 2004.

John joined Qantas Airways in 1999 and holds an Air Transport Pilot Licence with 10,000 hours flying experience.

He has more than 35 years’ experience in the aviation industry across regional, domestic and international operations in both the premium and low cost carrier sectors.

Vanessa Hudson

Chief Financial Officer

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In October 2019, Vanessa Hudson commenced the role of Qantas Group Chief Financial Officer. Her portfolio includes Group Finance, Group Procurement, Treasury, Investor Relations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Internal Audit and Qantas Superannuation.

Vanessa’s previous role as Chief Customer Officer of Qantas commenced in February 2018, with responsibilities spanning all aspects of the customer experience and strategy. 

Joining Qantas in 1994, she has held a variety of senior commercial, customer and finance roles across the Group, in Australia and overseas, including Executive Manager of Sales and Distribution, Senior Vice President for Qantas across the Americas and New Zealand, Executive Manager of Commercial Planning and Executive Manager for Product and Service. In these various roles her responsibilities ranged from sales channels, revenue management and network planning, to transformation in catering, airports and network.

Vanessa has a Bachelor of Business and was admitted as a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in 1994.

Rob Marcolina

Group Executive, Strategy, People and Technology

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Rob Marcolina joined Qantas in October 2012 as Executive Manager Strategy, with a role that has now expanded to include responsibility for driving the overall strategy of the Qantas Group, human resources and Qantas’ IT. In this role, Rob also leads the ongoing group-wide transformation program, and has overarching responsibility for HR policies and procedures across the Group.

Prior to joining Qantas, Rob was a Partner with Bain & Company in Los Angeles and Sydney working across multiple industries, with an emphasis on media, technology and telecom businesses.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the USA.

Andrew McGinnes

Group Executive, Corporate Affairs 

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As Group Executive for Corporate Affairs, Andrew manages media and government relations, industry affairs and employee communications. 

Andrew was appointed to this role in August 2021, having first joined the Group as Head of Corporate Relations for Jetstar in 2011 before moving to Qantas as Head of External Affairs and then Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for the Group. 

In a 20-year career in corporate relations, Andrew has worked across the public and private sector in a range of industries, including utilities, major infrastructure and public transport as well as a period of time in consulting. 

Andrew has a Bachelor of Arts from RMIT.

Andrew Parker

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Andrew Parker was appointed Chief Sustainability Officer in August 2021 to drive the Group’s sustainability and ESG (environment, social and governance) strategy and commitments. 

This includes the Group’s 2050 net zero emission plan – one of the first of any airline worldwide – and our program for waste and plastic eradication. He also manages the integration of ESG in to all aspects of the business.  

Prior to this role, Andrew was Group Executive – Government, Industry, International and Sustainability from 2013 to August 2021, having led the Group’s Sustainability efforts since 2017. 

Before Qantas, Andrew was Senior Vice President – Public, International, Industry, Environment Affairs at Emirates, based in Dubai and was a key architect in the Qantas Emirates alliance that launched in 2013. 

Andrew previously worked as CEO in public affairs, political adviser and press secretary in government and newspaper and television journalist.

Stephanie Tully

Chief Customer Officer

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Stephanie Tully was appointed Chief Customer Officer in August 2019, following a 15-year career at the Qantas Group spanning operational, commercial, customer experience, marketing and strategy roles across the airline and loyalty businesses.

As Chief Customer Officer, Stephanie is responsible for all aspects of the customer experience and strategy across the Group including digital, customer products such as lounges and inflight experience, and customer care operations. She’s also responsible for the Qantas brand, marketing and sponsorships.

Since 2014 Stephanie has served as a Board Director and Vice Chair for the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising (ADMA). She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.

Olivia Wirth

Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Loyalty

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Olivia Wirth was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Loyalty in February 2018.

Olivia joined Qantas in 2009 and has held several positions, including the role of Chief Customer Officer, Group Executive, Brand, Marketing and Corporate Affairs and Group Executive for Government Relations and Corporate Affairs.

Prior to Qantas, Olivia had held senior executive roles for a number of organisations including lobby group, the Tourism and Transport Forum and the Australian Tourist Commission.

Olivia is also on the Board of UNICEF Australia.