Henry Bosch AO

Former Chairman of the National Companies and Securities Commission

Henry Bosch is a leading Australian who is perhaps best known for his advocacy of sound corporate governance. The 1991 Bosch Report: Corporate Practices and Conduct and subsequent publications such as The Workings of a Watchdog and The Director at Risk - Accountability in the Boardroom are well known to those with a keen interest in business in this country. He has delivered many hundreds of speeches and training sessions on corporate governance both in Australia, in New Zealand, the Phillipines, China and Thailand.

At the forefront in raising corporate governance standards in Australian companies, Henry has advocated a number of good governance principles (e.g. the  separation of the roles of CEO and Chairman, guidelines for directors' conduct, an active governance role for shareholders etc.) The impact of his work can be best seen in the increasing willingness of shareholders to demand better performance from the companies in which they have invested and, in particular, higher standards of performance and accountability from company directors.

Educated at Sydney and Oxford Universities and at the Centre d'Etudes Industrielles in Geneva, Henry Bosch went on to spend thirty years in the manufacturing sector. His experience was gained in the aluminium, steel, man-made fibres and plastics industries in Switzerland, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

In 1972 Henry Bosch was appointed as a company director of John Lysaght (Australia) Ltd. This was the beginning of a growing involvement in corporate governance. Over a period of twenty years, Henry Bosch has gained considerable experience across thirty companies, industry associations and public inquiries as a director and chairman. In 1980 he was appointed Managing Director of Nylex Corporation and he has been President of the Plastics Institute, Chairman of the Chemicals and Plastics Industry Council and a member of the Australian Manufacturing Council. In 1984 he chaired a public inquiry into the aviation industry.

Henry Bosch has contributed significantly to the public sector as Chairman of the National Companies and Securities Commission. He held this position of chief corporate regulator during the period 1985 - 1990 and was regarded by some in both government and the business community as controversial in this role. He used this opportunity to highlight irregularities in practice within the business community and took steps to implement change, particularly in the highly sensitive area of corporate takeovers.

Other key appointments have included Chairman of the Standards Australia Committee on Corporate Governance 2002 - 2003 and Deputy Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority 1988 - 1994.

He has been a director of many companies as well as a member of the Board of the Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority.

Henry Bosch was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1991 for services to industry, commerce and government. He was awarded the John Story Medal by the Australian Institute of Management in the same year.  In 2006 he was awarded Doctor of Business Honoris Causa at RMIT University.

In 1996 he was made Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors (Australia), for services to corporate governance. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of RMIT University.

Henry Bosch OA talks about:

  • Government and Business
  • Influencing Government
  • Corporate Governance
  • Directors in Danger
  • Professional Credibility and Creative Accounting

Client testimonials

Clear, concise, to the point, well researched, learned, scholarly, well illustrated, well received and widely reported in the media. We hope he will come again.

Australia Day Council, Queensland

Conference delegates were very impressed with his address and rated it one of the high points of the conference.

The Institute of Internal Auditors

We very much enjoyed your fine address for its relevance, importance, comprehensive coverage of the subject - not to mention your masterful presentation.

Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants