With Elizabeth Proust now at the helm of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, there is increasing momentum to tackle the under-representation of women at the upper echelons of corporate Australia.

Proust, a former CEO of City of Melbourne and secretary of the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, is a straight-talker who is pushing through some practical research and reporting, which is making a noticeable difference. The biggest obstacle to achieving cultural change in corporate Australia is the reluctance of people in the directors club to call out bad behaviour.