Ranking the best and worst male directors in 2010

January 20, 2017

Here is our first attempt to rate the best male directors in Australia, back in 2010. We start with a top 20, followed by the next 80 and then an additional pool after that. There's also a list of those who should go at the bottom and check out the rankings of the top women directors here.

Top 20 male directors in alphabetical order

Peter Barnes: former boss of Philip Morris in Australia who chairs Ansell, serves on the News Corp board and has also just assumed the chair at Metcash. His position on this list will very much depend on governance performance at News Corp after the hacking scandal.

Malcolm Broomhead: the non-executive chairman of Asciano Group and a recent appointee to the BHP-Billiton board, he was the CEO of Orica from 2001-2005 and ran North until it was taken over by Rio Tinto in 2000. Also sits on the board of Coates Group.

Michael Chaney: the much-admired long-serving Wesfarmers CEO quit after 10 years as a BHP director but has now settled in as chairman of Woodside Petroleum and NAB.

Colin Carter: regarded as one of the gurus on executive pay and board functioning who has served on boards such as Origin, Wesfarmers and Seek.

Leigh Clifford: spent 7 years as CEO of Rio Tinto and then in 2007 moved across to chair Qantas after the failed private equity takeover. Also sits on the Barclays board.

Peter Coates: the former Xstrata Coal CEO and Xstrata Australia non-executive chairman who now chairs Santos and Minara Resources, which is controlled by his old Swiss bosses. Also a director of Amalgamated Holdings since 2009.

Laurie Cox: the former ASX chairman is winding down his gigs these days after retiring as Transurban chairman and from the Macquarie Group board but the highly regarded operator remains a director of Onesteel and chairman of SMS Technology.

Rob Ferguson: the former BT CEO has taken on a big workload recently as chairman of litigation funder IMF, Primary Healthcare and GPT.

David Gonski: a non-executive chairman of ASX Ltd, is also the non-executive chairman of Coca Cola Amatil and a director of Westfield for more than 15 years.

Richard Goodmanson: spent a decade as the global COO of Du Pont and now serves on boards such as Qantas and Rio Tinto.

Wayne Goss: has chaired Ausenco since it floated and also sat on other smaller concerns such as Peplin and FTR Holdings.

Nick Greiner: chairman of Bradken and deputy chairman of Stockland Property Group in a much reduced workload compared to past efforts.

Stephen Johns: the former Westfield CFO is chairman of Spark Infrastructure, recently appointed chairman of Leighton Holdings and is on the board at Brambles.

Mark Johnson: co-founder of Macquarie Bank who retired from the board in 2008. Also went on to chair Brambles, AGL and Macquarie Infrastructure Group. Bowed out of AGL after 2010 AGM after 22 years on board and 6 as chair.

Kevin McCann: former senior partner at Allens who is chairman of Origin and led Healthscope through its recent private equity takeover. Has been the lead independent director of Macquarie Group for many years and with Macquarie out of property trusts he has taken on the chair of the listed stable of ING property funds.

Paul McClintock: John Howard's former cabinet secretary did a great job as the lead independent director of Macquarie Infrastructure Group and also sits on the Perpetual board.

Ian Macfarlane: the former RBA governor is a director of ANZ, Woolworths and Leighton holdings.

John Morschel: former Lend Lease CEO and Westpac executive director who is now chairman of ANZ and was the chairman who brilliantly sold Rinker for almost $20 billion. Also formerly chaired CSR whilst served on Singtel, Leighton, Comalco and Pioneer. A real journeyman.

David Mortimer: the former TNT CEO is chairman of Leighton Holdings, former chairman of GIO and a former director of Macquarie Infrastructure Group.

Geoff Ricketts: peers rate him highly for his performance as chair of Lion Nathan. Also a director of Spotless and Suncorp.

The next 80 best male directors

This list is also alphabetical at this point:

John Akehurst: dumped as CEO of Woodside Petroleum after seven years but did a good job as chairman of Alinta running the auction in 2007 and also serves on the CSL and Origin Energy boards. Former director of Oilsearch and Coogee Resources and his more recent stint on the Reserve Bank board has been tainted a touch by his position on its scandal-ridden 50% subsidiary Securency.

Rick Allert: long time chairman of AXA Asia Pacific and the former chairman of Coles Myer. Also chaired the old SA Brewing which then became Southcorp.

John Allpass: accountant turned former long-serving Macquarie Group director who still chairs Envestra and also previously served QIC and various other boards. Lost some skin as a BrisConnections director.

Don Argus: a former CEO of National Australia Bank and recently retired as chairman of BHP-Billiton and Brambles. Was on the board of Southcorp but resigned after the $1.5 billion Rosemont takeover went to pot. Also a long-serving director of AFIC, his last remaining public company gig.

John Astbury: former Lend Lease and NAB executive who now sits on the Woolworths board after earlier stints with IAG and AMP.

Dr Ian Blackburne: former Caltex CEO and now chairman of CSR and a director of Suncorp and Aristocrat. Formerly served on Symbion Health and Promina boards plus chairs O'Connell Street Associates, a network of professional directors in Sydney.

Harry Boon: the Tatt's chairman is a director at Paperlinx and Toll Holdings, and sits as an independent on the Hastie Group board. Made his name as CEO of Ansell after Pacific Dunlop was effectively broken up.

Trevor Bourne: the former Tenix and Brambles senior executive is chairman of Hastie Group and a director of Origin Energy and Caltex. Served on Coates Hire board from 2004-08 before selling beautifully to private equity at the top of the market.

Graham Bradley: he chairs the board at Boart Longyear, Stockland and HSBC Australia. The former CEO of Perpetual is also a director of Singapore Telecommunications, MBF Australia, Po Valley Energy and Proteome Systems. Profile rose in 2010 when he took over as President of the Business Council of Australia.

Gordon Cairns: the former Lion Nathan CEO has been a non-executive director of Origin Energy since 2007 and is on the board at Westpac.

Neil Chatfield: the former finance director of Toll Holdings is now chairman of Virgin Blue and a director of Seek, Transurban, Whitehaven Coal, and Grange Resources.

Reg Clairs: the former Woolworths CEO is a non-executive director of the Commonwealth Bank and sits as an independent on the David Jones board.

Greg Clark: independent director of ANZ since 2004, he is a former James Hardie director and is on the board of Eircom Holdings.

Paul Cooper: former Freehills partner who has sat on Axa Asia Pacific Holdings board since 1995 and took over the chair of the Centro twins after it almost collapsed. Has now quit Centro Retail whilst retaining leadership at Centro Property Group.

Roger Corbett: the former CEO of Woolworths is on the board of the Reserve Bank and since 2009 has been the chairman of Fairfax Media. Also deputy chair of PrimeAg Australia and a director of Wal-mart.

Chris Corrigan: former BT heavyweight and Patrick CEO is now a director of Crown and Consolidated Media Holdings.

David Crawford: the former KPMG heavyweight has been chairman of Lend Lease since 2003 and chairman of Foster's since 2007. Also served on the BHP board since 1994 and spent several years as a Westpac director before doing ANZ's independent review into the Opes Prime fiasco. A pillar of the Melbourne establishment having attended Scotch College, Melbourne Uni and served as Treasurer of the Melbourne Cricket Club.

Geoff Dixon: the former CEO of Qantas is a non-executive director of CMH and Crown courtesy of his association with James Packer.

Rod Eddington: the former Cathay Pacific, Ansett and British Airways CEO is non-executive director of Rio Tinto and News Corp amongst several other gigs which have included an ill-fated spot on the Allco Finance Group board.

Bob Edgar: after 25 years at ANZ, culminating as deputy CEO, he turned professional director in 2009 and quickly joined the Transurban, Nufarm and Asciano boards becoming an instant heavyweight in Melbourne.

Patrick Elliott: investment banker who has chaired JB Hi Fi successfully since if floated.

Ted Evans: the former Federal Treasury Secretary has been Westpac chairman since 2007. Whilst a public servant he served on the Commonwealth Bank and Reserve Bank boards.

Bob Every:
the former Tubemakers CEO has been chairman of Wesfarmers since 2008 and is also chair of Boral.

Mike Fitzpatrick: non-executive director of Rio Tinto and chairman of Treasury Group.

Tony Froggatt: the former Scottish & Newcastle CEO has returned to Australia as a director of Brambles, Billabong and Axa Asia Pacific Holdings.

Colin Galbraith: non-executive director of the Commonwealth Bank and Onesteel and a long time establishment director.

Ross Garnaut: chairman of Lihir Gold until the Newcrest takeover was bedded down.

Charles Goode: former chairman of ANZ and Woodside Petroleum but still chairs the Potter family's listed investment companies DUI and AUI.

John Green: the former Macquarie investment banker is a non-executive director of Worley Parsons and QBE Insurance.

Neil Hamilton: the chairman of Mount Gibson Iron and a director of Metcash, he joined the board Oz Minerals in February 2010 as endorsed chairman and also formerly served on the Iress and IAG boards.

Chris Harris: a former CEO of FH Faulding who is now chairman of Argo Investments and Adelaide Brighton.

Peter Hawkins: former senior executive at ANZ who is now on the board of Mirvac, Westpac, TCV and Visa Inc.

Peter Hay: the former Freehills CEO is a director of ANZ, GUD Holdings, Alumina and Aston Resources.

Garry Hounsell: former Arthur Andersen partner who is a director of Qantas and Orica and chairman of Mitchell Communications until the British takeover in 2010.

Robert Johanson: chairman of Bendigo & Adelaide Bank.

James King: the former CUB CEO is a director of JB Hi Fi, Navitas and Pacific Brands.

Peter Kirby: the former CSR CEO is a non-executive director of Macquarie Group and Orica and also chaired Medibank Private during the Howard years.

Graham Kraehe: the former Pacifica and Southcorp CEO is chairman of Brambles and a former chairman of NAB. Also served on the News Corp board.

Martin Kriewaldt: regarded as one of the top Brisbane-based directors who sits on boards including Suncorp and Campbell Bros.

Ted Kunkel: the long-serving Foster's CEO has only taken on one public company gig as chairman of Billabong.

Richard Lee: former Rothschild Australia CEO who is chairman of Salmat, deputy chairman of Ridley and a director of CSR and Newcrest Mining.

Richard Longes: sits on the boards of Metcash, AustBrokers Holdings and Boral and is a former Lend Lease director.

Max Moore-Wilton: John Howard's former chief bureaucrat left for Macquarie where he chaired two of its listed funds, now known as MAP Group and Southern Cross Media.

Peter Mason: the former investment banker is chairman of AMP and joined the David Jones board in 2009.

James Mackenzie: the former financial services CEO is now chairman of Mirvac and Pacific Brands. Previously chaired both WorkCover and the TAC for the Bracks Government.

Lindsay Maxsted: well known KPMG insolvency partner who is now a director of Westpac and chairman of Transurban following the 2010 resignation of former ABC Learning chair David Ryan.

Allan McDonald: former chairman of Multiplex who has now returned at various Brookfield funds. Sits on Billabong board and previously sat on Brambles, ANZ and ALH boards.

Donald McGauchie: former Telstra chairman who is now the deputy chair at James Hardie and sits on the boards of Nufarm and Graincorp.

Ron McNeilly: the former BHP Steel boss and main board director is deputy chairman of Bluescope Steel, chairman of Worley Parsons and a long-serving director of Alumina.

Don Mercer: the former ANZ CEO is chairman of Newcrest Mining and Orica.

Andrew Mohl: the former AMP CEO is a non-executive director of the Commonwealth Bank.

Wayne Osborn: the former Alcoa Australia CEO is now a non-executive director of Leighton Holdings and Wesfarmers.

Max Ould: former National Foods CEO who is the chairman at Goodman Fielder, a director of Foster's, Pacific Brands and AGL Energy.

Les Owen: the former Axa Asia Pacific Holdings CEO is a non-executive director of Computershare and Football Federation Australia.

John Pizzey: former global heavyweight at Alcoa and chairman of the London Metals Exchanges who is back in Melbourne as a non-executive director of Alumina and Amcor and deputy chair of Iluka Resources. Had the misfortune to chair car parts player Ion when it collapsed.

Dr Ian Pollard: chairman of Corporate Express, former chairman of Just Group and previously served on GIO, OPSM and Milton boards. Everything he touches seems to get taken over.

Timothy Poole: non-executive director of Newcrest Mining and former Asciano chairman.

Peter Polson: former funds management heavyweight who was non-executive chairman of AWB until it was taken over but remains in the chair at Challenger Financial Services.

Paul Rayner: former London-based CFO of tobacco giant BAT who is back in Australia serving on the Qantas and Boral boards.

Graham Reaney: the former CEO of Industrial Equity Ltd and National Foods went on to become a director of St George Bank, Westpac and he also chairs PMP.

Chris Renwick: did 36 years at Rio Tinto culminating in running the Australian iron ore business and still chairs Rio-controlled Coal & Allied whilst also serving on the Downer EDI and Sims Group boards.

Peter Ritchie: the former McDonalds CEO is a former Westpac director and the extremely long-serving deputy chairman of the Seven Network.

Chris Roberts: Amcor chairman and board member of the Australian Agricultural Company who previously served as CEO of Arnotts and director of Telstra. Also served on global UBS board and chaired Email before it was taken over in 2001.

Trevor Rowe: investment banker who departed ASX board in 2010 but still still chairs United Group and BrisConnections whilst also serving on the Future Fund board.

Kerry Roxburgh: chairman of the expanding Charter Hall stable of property funds and a director of the booming Ramsay Health Care.

John Schubert: departing Commonwealth Bank chairman who is also a director of BHP Billiton and Qantas. Made his name as CEO of Esso Australia and then Pioneer International until it was sold to Hanson.

Brian Schwartz: director of Brambles and Westfield and the new chairman of Insurance Australia Group, replacing James Strong.

Peter Smedley: former Colonial and Mayne Nickless CEO who these days is chairman of Onesteel and Spotless.
John Story: embattled Suncorp chairman also chairs the board at Tabcorp and sits on the board of CSR.

James Strong:
the former chairman of Insurance Australia Group has chaired Woolworths since 2000 and sits on the board at Qantas whilst also chairing the recently floated Kathmandu. Quit as chair of the privately owned RipCurl in December 2008 after a seven year stint.

Jeremy Sutcliffe: did a good job running Sims Group and now sits on the CSR board.

Ziggy Switkowski: former Telstra CEO who now sits on boards including Suncorp and Tabcorp where he has become an expert on remuneration issues.

John Thorn: sits on an array of boards including Salmat, Amcor, Caltex and National Australia Bank.

Geoff Tomlinson: the former National Mutual CEO has sat on more than 10 public company boards but these days is more focused on Amcor and National Australia Bank.

David Turner: the former Brambles finance director is the new chairman of the Commonwealth Bank.

Leo Tutt: much-maligned for agreeing to sell MIM to Xstrata on the cheap but did a great chairing Promina and then selling to Suncorp at the top of the market.

Phil Twyman: former AMP executive who went on to bigger things in UK insurance market and then returned to join boards such as Perpetual and IAG.

Bob Watson: long serving director of Seek who took over as chairman after James Packer departed in 2009.

John Watson:
farmer who rose to be excellent chairman of Incitec Pivot and also serves Tassal whilst formerly served on Rural Press board.

Gary Weiss: has sat on many boards such as Capral, Ariadne, CIC, Ridley and Tower Australia as a corporate raider but other positions such as Westfield and Premier Investments have been as a genuine non-executive director.

Peter Willcox: the former BHP Petroleum CEO was somewhat tainted by being a director of James Hardie but did a good job as AMP chair and also contributed well to the Telstra board. Also served FH Faulding and chaired Mayne Group for a period before it was split up and taken over.

Here is a list of other prominent male directors not ranked in our top 100 blokes

Bill Bartlett: sits on the board of Abacus Property Group and is a director of Suncorp-Metway and GWA.

Paul Biancardi: former chairman of Coopers & Lybrand and PwC partner who is deputy chairman of Mirvac.

Len Bleasal: the former AGL CEO is getting on now but remains a director of QBE and chairman of APA Group.

Duncan Boyle: a veteran insurance industry lawyer who joined the QBE board in 2006 and also serves on the Stockland Trust board.

Alec Brennan: former CSR CEO who now chairs Emeco and the PPI Group.

Bruce Brook: a former CFO of WMC who served on the Boart Longyear, Snowy Hydro, Consolidated Minerals and Lihir Gold boards. Also chaired Energy Developments.

Russell Caplan: a retired Shell executive who now serves on boards such as QR National and Orica.

Peter Cassidy: a mining industry veteran who served as CEO of Goldfields for 7 years until 2002 and has since served on boards such as Zinifex, OZ Minerals, Lihir Gold, Aurion Gold and Energy Developments. Still serving the Chinese on MinMetals and Eldorado Gold.

Ian Cockerill: a former CEO with Anglo American group who is chairman of Petmin Ltd and in 2010 joined the Orica board.

General Peter Cosgrove: the former defence force chief is a director of Qantas and Cardno.

Doug Curlewis: former CEO of National Consolidated who currently sits on boards such as Nufarm, Sigma and GUD and previously served National Foods, Hamilton Island, Gibson Chemical, IAMA and Pacifica.

Peter Day: former Amcor finance director who now sits on Centro Retail, Ansell and SAI Global.

Peter Duncan: a former CEO of Shell Australia who stayed and served on boards such as NAB, Gasnet and Orica, which he has chaired since December 2009.

Richard England: an Adelaide liquidator who did some work chasing Alan Bond and went on to serve on boards such as St George Bank, Choiseul Investments and Healthscope. Also chaired Ruralco Holdings.

Richard Euchtritz: the former JB Hi-Fi CEO is returning as a non-executive director in 2011 and has also joined the Seven board as an independent to keep Kerry Stokes honest.

David Evans: a former Managing Director of Channel Nine in Melbourne who made it in Hollywood, had a senior position with Fox in the US and is these days based in Melbourne and a director of BSkyB and Village Roadshow after an earlier stint on the Fairfax Media board.

Paul Fegan: former St George Bank CEO who is now a director of AMP.

Ian Ferrier: chairman of Goodman Group and also the chair of Invocare.

Vince Gauci: the former MIM CEO who famously defied his board and opposed the 2003 Xstrata takeover has since served on the Newcrest, Coates Hire and Runge boards.

Danny Gilbert: career lawyer who co-founded Gilbert + Tobin in 1988 and landed a spot on the NAB board in 2004 but hasn't expanded the portfolio.

Stuart Grimshaw:
former senior ComBank executive who became CEO of Caledonia Investments whilst serving as a director of Suncorp.

Michael Hawker: the CEO of IAG Australia from 2001-2008, he joined the board of Macquarie Group in March 2010.

Jim Hall: the former Orica finance director is a non-executive director of Alesco Corp, is on the board on Centro and sits as an independent director of ConnectEast.

John Harvey: spent 7 years at PwC as managing partner in Melbourne and a further seven as either national executive chairman or national senior partner. Blotted the copybook as chairman of APN Property Group but has recently joined David Jones and APN News & Media boards. Also served for many years on AIF and Templeton Growth Fund boards.

Ray Horsburgh: the former Smorgon Steel CEO is chairman of Toll Holdings and a director of CSR.

Les Hosking: sits on the boards of Adelaide Brighton, AGL Energy and Innovation Australia.

Tony Howarth: the former CEO of Challenge Bank rose to be chairman of Alinta and Mermaid Marine. Still serves on Wesfarmers board and was with AWB until the 2010 takeover.

Brian Jamieson: the former KPMG partner is chairman of Sigma Pharmaceuticals and a non-executive director of Oz Minerals and Tatts Group.

Dr Peter Jonson: former director of research at the Reserve Bank and Norwich Union managing director who now serves on boards including Village Roadshow, ProMedicus and Bionomics as well as several unlisted bodies focused on science and research.

Geoff Kleeman: former Woolworths and PBL finance director who is now on the board of Asciano.

Dr David Klinger: did 38 years at Rio Tinto and is now chairman of the Rio-controlled uranium miner ERA along with Adelaide-based Codan Ltd, where he succeeded former CRA chairman John Uhrig.

Rod Keller: a resources industry veteran who served on the Dyno Nobel board and also chaired Gasnet for five years and served on Macquarie Communications Infrastructure Group.

Richard Knight: a career miner who was an executive director of North and CEO of ERA before serving on boards such as Oz Minerals, Newcrest, Zinifex, St Barbara Mines and Portman Mining.

Ewoud Kulk: an insurance industry veteran who finished up on the Suncorp board via Promina.

Charlie Lenegan: the former Rio Tinto executive is a newly appointed director of Oz Minerals.

Leon L'Huillier: the former chairman and CEO of the Transport Accident Commission has been a non-executive director of Woolworths since 1997.

Allan McCallum: still operates a farm near Kerang whilst serving as chairman of Tassal, a long-serving director of Incitec Pivot and a former deputy chairman of Graincorp.

Charles Macek: non-executive director of Wesfarmers and a former director of Telstra.

John Marlay: the former boss of Alumina is on the boards at Boral and Incitec Pivot.

Greg Martin: the former AGL CEO is a director of Santos and Energy Developments but blotted his copybook as a director of the failed JackGreen Ltd and the teetering Everest Financial Group, which he now chairs.

Jerry Maycock:
a former CEO of both the Hastie Group and CSR, he is on the board of AGL Energy.

David Meiklejohn:
the former long serving finance director of Amcor is a director of ANZ and Coca Cola Amatil and is the chairman of Paperlinx. Also chairs the Melbourne Cricket Club.

Ken Moss: on the way out but is a former chairman of Boral who also sat on GPT, NAB and Macquarie Capital boards.

John Moule: blotted his copybook as the chairman of Toll Holdings who allowed the executive team of Paul Little, Mark Rowsthorn and Neil Chatfield to have extraordinarily generous contracts. Rose up through Deloitte where served as Melbourne managing partner and then served on boards such as MLC, Gribbles, NAFM and Austrim, the failed manufacturer which he chaired in 2001-02 courtesy of an Alan Jackson connection.

Graeme Pettigrew:
is a director of Adelaide Brighton and is on the boards of some smaller materials companies.

Bruce Phillips:
on the board at AGL Energy as well as director of Platinum Capital and AWE.

Ron Pitcher: founder of Pitcher Partners who now chairs Cellestis and McMillan Shakespeare and is also a director of Reece Australia and National Can.

Paul Rizzo: career banker then Telstra finance director and now a non-executive director of National Australia Bank.

John Schmoll: the former CFO of Coles Myer who spent 5 years on the AWB board whilst also serving on other boards such as Housewares, Oroton, ALH and Chandler McLeod.

Brian Scullin: a former chairman of Deutsche Asset Management and director of State Super and DB REEF who also chaired BT Investment Management and served on the Deutsche-sponsored Spark Infrastructure Board.

John Spark: a former managing partner of Ferrier Hodgson who later served on boards such as Newcrest, Baxter, ANL and Ridley Corp.

John Thame: the former chair of St George Bank is chairman of Abacus Property Group and on the board of Reckon Ltd.

David Walsh: former Mallesons partner who was sponsored by Macquarie onto the Dyno Nobel and Macquarie Infrastructure Management boards. Also chaired Templeton Global Growth Fund.

Peter Warne: the former BT executive is a director of Macquarie Group and the ALE Property Group.

Roland Williams: a Brit who finished his executive career at Shell in Australia and never left. Blew up hundreds of millions as chairman of the failed Australian Magnesium Corp in 2003 but somehow survived in the club and still serves on Origin and Boral boards.

Malcolm Williamson: non-executive director of National Australia Bank.

David Wills: former deputy chairman of PwC and partner for 25 years who served on the Dyno Nobel and Soul Pattinson boards as well as some smaller insurance concerns.

Frank Wolf: a co-founder of Abacus Property Group has been on the board since the beginning.

The directors who should retire from all public company boards

Ken Cowley: News Corp director since 1979 who is in his mid 70s and should really retire.

Barry Cusack: the former senior Rio Tinto executive is a non-executive director of Toll Holdings, the former chairman of OZ Minerals and deputy chair at MacMahon Holdings.

Trevor Gerber: dreadful record at Valad Property Group, lead independent director of Macquarie Airports who championed the outrageous $345 million divorce payment to Macquarie and also chaired one of the dud Babcock vehicles. Should be off all public company boards yet Risk Metrics supported his re-election at MAP's 2010 AGM.

Albert Harris: one of the oldest remaining directors at 80 who is on the APN News & Media board. Chaired Metcash from 1994 until 2007.

Peter Mansell: former chairman of WA News and Zinifex who departed after the creation of Oz Minerals. Is on the board of Bunnings Warehouse Property Trust and is somewhat tainted by his directorship of the failed Great Southern Plantations.

Donald Morley: Hugh Morgan's long-time finance director at WMC has been the overpaid chairman of post box company Alumina for the past nine years. Also sits on the Iluka Resources and Spark Infrastructure boards. Having hit 70, it is time to go.

David Ryan: non-executive director of Lend Lease and former Transurban chairman whose record was blotted at ABC Learning which he chaired in the final months after leading the audit committee for six years.

Terry O'Dwyer: quit the chair of Gold Coast property and finance play MFS more than a year before it collapsed but is still partly responsible for what happened and should therefore quit the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank board after more than 10 years.

John Stocker: the former chairman of the CSIRO was chairman of the besieged Sigma and is also still a director of Telstra and Nufarm.

Murray Wells: has served for far too long on the Seven board and didn't exactly himself in glory during the recent $2 billion Westrac related party deal.

Former top directors who have largely departed the scene

Don Argus: a former CEO of National Australia Bank and recently retired as chairman of BHP-Billiton and Brambles. Was on the board of Southcorp but resigned after the $1.5 billion Rosemont takeover went to pot. Also a long-serving director of AFIC, his last remaining public company gig.

Tim Besley: the Silver Fox was a career public servant who rose to chair Leighton and Commonwealth Bank.

Milton Bridgland: a former CEO of Dulux Australia who rose to chair ANZ, ICI Australia and Centro Properties whilist also serving on boards such as Nylex, Freeport McMoran Australia and Jennings Ltd until it collapsed in 1992.

Ian Burgess: former CSR CEO who rose to be chairman of AMP and WMC before crashing and burning.

Nobby Clarke: a former CEO of NAB who later chaired Foster's and Coles Myer.

Leon Davis: a former global CEO of Rio Tinto who then went on to chair Westpac.

Jerry Ellis: leapt from being CEO of BHP Minerals to chairman of the board and also served many years on ANZ board, plus a shorter stint as chairman of Pacifica.

John Gough: the former ANZ and Pacific Dunlop chairman who also served on BHP and CSR boards.

Colin Harper: served 23 years on ANZ board and chaired CSL for a decade until 1999, whilst also serving the likes of North Ltd for 13 years, APPM for 7 years, EZ Industries for 8 years, CUB for 8 years and Dalgety Australia for 7 years amongst various others.

Jim Kennedy: a Queensland account who was the top Brisbane director for many years serving on boards such as ASX, MIM, Qantas, GWA, Suncorp-Metway, Macquarie Goodman, QCT Resources, QIC, Santos, Pacific Dunlop and Commonwealth Bank.

Brian Loton: former CEO and chairman of BHP who also served on NAB and Amcor boards.

Alan McGregor: chaired FH Faulding, James Hardie and Burns Philp for many years and also served on the ASX board before cancer ended his career prematurely.

Sir Laurance Muir: a former Potter Partners establishment figure who served on boards such as PBL, Herald & Weekly Times, ANZ, Hudson Conway, Alcoa Australia and Wormald International.

John Phillips: a former deputy governor of the RBA who went to chair AGL and serve on other notable boards such as Woolworths, QBE and WMC.

John Ralph: former CRA CEO who rose to chair CBA and Pacific Brands whilst also serving on the BHP and Telstra boards.

Richard Searby: an old school mate of Rupert Murdoch's who was bumped as News Corp chairman in 1990 but also served on CRA board through the 1996 merger with RTZ, plus was a director of Woodside Petroleum, BRL Hardy, Amrad, Equity Trustees, plus various international operations of News Corp such as Times Newspapers, News International and South China Morning Post.

John Utz: made his name as an executive at Rothmans and then served on boards such as AMP, Crown, Qantas, Woolworths and Westpac. Was also President of CEDA for a decade.

Peter Wade: former North Broken Hill CEO who served on boards such as CSL and Tabcorp.

Stan Wallis: former Amcor CEO who rose to become chairman of AMP, Coles Myer and Amcor before crashing and burning and finally also departing the AFIC board in 2010.

Dean Wills: made his name as a tobacco executive who went on to run Coca Cola Amatil for a decade until 1994 and then served as chairman of Fairfax, CCAm National Mutual and Transfield whilst also did a long on various Westfield boards.