9 – Andrea Staines – NED – Goodstart Early Learning, QIC, Transport for NSW


It is great to have another female guest on the Arete Podcast, this time one of Queensland’s high profile Non Executive Directors, Andrea Staines

Andrea has served on a number of boards including Aurizon, Goodstart Early Learning and Queensland Investment Corporation.  Her last executive role was as CEO of Australian Airlines, a role she successfully fulfilled as a single parent.  I’ve known Andrea for many years and it was fantastic to have this conversation and learn a lot more about her background and career achievements.  Apologies for a slight hum in the recording, however its well worth listening as Andrea has some great insights to share.


Andrea is a professional Non-executive Director and company advisor.  She is currently on the board of Goodstart Early Learning, Queensland Investment Corporation and Transport for NSW. She also advises small and medium-sized companies on implementing board governance, strategic planning, and risk management. In 2002 she co-launched Australian Airlines, a Qantas subsidiary flying between Asia and Australia, as the CEO. At this time, she was also a member of the Qantas 12-person Executive Committee.

Prior to Qantas, Andrea worked in various financial roles with American Airlines at its Dallas headquarters. Andrea is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of CEW (Chief Executive Women) and an occasional MBA Guest Lecturer and CEO Mentor. She has an MBA majoring in Finance from the University of Michigan in the USA, and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland.

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