Charles Goode has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree from Melbourne University, an MBA from Columbia University, New York, and an Honorary Doctor of Law from the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Doctor of Law from Monash University. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in June 2001. In May 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal. He received the Melbourne Business School (“MBS”) Award in 2006 and MBS holds an annual Charles Goode Oration.
He received the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Victorian Division) Distinguished Fellow Award for 2010.
In August 2006 he was made a Life Member of the National Gallery of Victoria, and in April 2010 made a Life Member of Philanthropy Australia. In March 2012 he was awarded by the Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne, the 2012 Alumni of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award.
He was engaged in the securities industry until 1989, for a period spanning 29 years. He joined Potter Partners in 1961, became a partner in 1969, Senior Partner in 1980 and on incorporation of the Firm, Chairman and Chief Executive of Potter Partners
Group Ltd. in March 1986.