John Brogden has walked a very public journey of success, failure and redemption.

From 1996 to 2005 John was the Member for Pittwater in the NSW Parliament. In 2002, on his 33rd birthday, John was elected Leader of the Opposition – the youngest person ever to hold the role and lead a major political party in Australia.

From the highs of political leadership, through the lows of a suicide attempt and depression and into the business world, John has experienced the highs, lows and highs of life.

John is a passionate speaker and an outstanding advocate for mental illness. He shares his experiences of depression and suicide with honesty and bravery and challenges the common misunderstandings of living with a mental illness.

John Brogden joined the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015. The AICD is the nation’s leading organisation for directors, dedicated to making a positive impact on society and the economy by promoting professional director education and excellence in corporate governance. We have a significant and diverse membership of more than 35,000 from across a wide range of industries, commerce, government, the professions, private and not-for-profit sectors.

John was CEO of the Financial Services Council (FSC), which represents Australia’s retail and wholesale funds management businesses, superannuation funds, life insurers, financial advisory networks, trustee companies and public trustees from 2009 to 2015.

John is the Chairman of Lifeline Australia, Chairman of UrbanGrowth NSW, a Director of NIA Limited ( and Chairman for the Furlough House Retirement Village and The Broken Bay Institute.

John is also the Patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Sydney.

On Australia Day 2014, John was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community through representational roles with social welfare organisations, particularly Lifeline, to the business and financial sectors and to the Parliament of New South Wales.