Charles Goode, AC

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.  In 2006 he received the Melbourne Business School Award.  In August 2006 he was made a Life Member of the National Gallery of Victoria and in April 2010 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

Charles 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

Charles was a Director of Woodside Petroleum Ltd from 1988 and Chairman from 1999 to 2007; a Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited from 1991 and Chairman from August 1995 to February 2010; and a Director of Singapore Airlines from 1999 to 2006

Charles is currently Chairman of Australia United Investment Company Ltd and Diversified United Investment Ltd

He is Chairman of The Ian Potter Foundation and has, over a number of years, been involved in a wide range of community activities

In October 2013 Woodside named its 294 metre, 160,000 cubic metre capacity, LNG vessel the “Woodside Goode”



  • Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd: Director 1991–2010; Chairman 1995–2010;

Funds Management

  • Australian United Investment Co. Ltd: Chairman 1990–
  • Diversified United Investment Ltd: Chairman 1991–
  • Mercury Asset Management: Chairman 1987–1998
  • Legal & General Assurance Holdings (Australia) Ltd: Director 1988–1993
  • Queensland Investment Corporation: Director 1989–2000
  • Supreme Court Library: Advisor to the Investment Committee 1981–1993
  • Thomas Baker, Alice Baker & Eleanor Shaw Trust: Advisor to the Investment Committee 1981–1993
  • University of Melbourne Investment Committee: Member 1982–2001; Chairman 1998–2001
  • Melbourne Business School Investment Committee: Member 1986–2002
  • Australian Academy of Science Finance Committee: Member 1990–1993

Oil & Gas

  • Woodside Petroleum Ltd: Director 1988–2007; Chairman 1999–2007


  • Grosvenor Australia Properties Pty Ltd: Chairman 2008–2012


  • Singapore Airlines Limited: Director 1999–2006

General Industry

  • Oliver J. Nilsen (Australia) Ltd: Director 1977–1993
  • Hallmark Cards Australia Ltd: Director 1979–1992
  • Pacific Dunlop Limited: Director 1987–1999
  • CSR Limited: Director 1993–2001


  • The Ian Potter Foundation Limited: Governor 1987– ; Chairman 1994–
  • The George Alexander Foundation: Governor 1987–; Chairman 1994–
  • The Ken Myer Bequest: Trustee 1994–2004
  • A Life Member of Philanthropy Australia
  • A Life Member of Foodbank Australia
  • Patron, FareShare


  • Australian Ballet School: Member of Council 1980–1986
  • National Gallery of Victoria: Life Member 2006


  • Australian Landscape Trust: Trustee 2000–2001
  • Asia Pacific Council of Nature Conservancy: 2000–2006
  • Regional Natural Heritage Programme Taskforce: Member 2002–2006


  • Monash University: Member of Council 1980–1985; Member of the Board, Centre for Molecular Biology & Medicine 1983–1985; Member of Finance Committee 1980–1985; Member of Trustees of Monash Superannuation Scheme: 1980–1985, Chairman 1982–1985; Trustee of Monash University Foundation 1983–1985; Member of Monash University Investment Advisory Commitee 2013-2014
  • University of Melbourne: Member of the Investment Committee 1986–2001; Chairman of the Investment Committee 1998–2001; Director, Melbourne Business School Foundation Ltd. (previously Graduate School of Management) 1992–2002; Chairman of the Melbourne Business School Investment Commitee 2013-2016


  • Howard Florey Institute of Experimental Physiology & Medicine: Member of the Board 1987–2005; Honorary Treasurer 1988–1994; Vice President 1994–1996; President 1997–2004; Howard Florey Medical Research Foundation: Trustee 1994–2004
  • Neurosciences Australia Ltd.: Director 2003–2004
  • The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital: Member of Committee of Management 1982–1986
  • Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria: Member of Appeals Committee 1980–1986; Member Executive Committee 1981–1984
  • Austin Hospital Foundation Ltd: Director 1981–1984
  • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research: Member of Melbourne Committee 1981–1992


  • Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce: Governor 2000
  • Institute of Public Affairs: Chairman 1984–1993
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