Jul 25, 2014

Meet Jack Tilburn, the octogenarian firebrand holding fat cats to account

Australia's first shareholder activist is still holding court in AGMs around the country -- but does he speak for all shareholders?

Paddy Manning

Crikey business editor

Veteran shareholder activist Jack Tilburn is not giving up. After 36 years taking it up to company boards at annual meetings, he told Crikey yesterday he would never stop asking his questions from the floor and was looking forward to another AGM season this November.

That’s bad news for company chairs, who need to preserve a vibrant shareholder democracy without letting company meetings descend into farce.

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4 thoughts on “Meet Jack Tilburn, the octogenarian firebrand holding fat cats to account

  1. Yclept

    It’s a shame a few more shareholders don’t make these mostly unaccountable directors sweat a bit more at AGMs.

  2. zut alors

    Stephen Mayne has made a significant contribution at AGMs – especially at his favourite, News Corp.

  3. AR

    Like Zut, my first thought was Mayne’s opinion of this article & its subject.

  4. Edward James

    I remember Jack Tilburn, a gardener when I met him as I screamed my guts out outside Governor Macquarie Towers in Farrer Place Sydney. I was just getting into almost fourteen years of activism then and he was keeping share holders interest on track. Mr Stephen Mayne still provided balls for CRIKEY.COM Some things have changed Edward James

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