Michael Chaney

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Michael Chaney
Born Michael Alfred Chaney
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australian
Education Aquinas College, Perth
Alma mater University of Western Australia;
Harvard Business School
Occupation Businessman
Parent(s) Sir Fred Chaney
Relatives Fred Chaney (brother)

Michael Alfred Chaney AO (born in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian businessman and current Chancellor of the University of Western Australia.


A son of Sir Fred Chaney, a minister in the Menzies government and brother to Fred Chaney, a former Deputy Liberal leader, he attended Aquinas College, Perth.

Chaney graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration in 1972 and 1980 respectively. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1992 and has also been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Western Australia.

After obtaining his science degree, Chaney worked for eight years as a petroleum geologist in Australia and the USA. He joined the Australian Industry Development Corporation in 1980 as a corporate finance executive and became Manager for Western Australia in 1981. He joined Wesfarmers in 1983 as Company Secretary and Administration Manager, became Finance Director in 1984 and was appointed Managing Director in July 1992. He retired from that position in July 2005 and returned as Chairman in November 2015.

Chaney was Chairman of the National Australia Bank Limited from 2005 to 2015. He is current Chairman of Woodside Petroleum Limited and Wesfarmers Limited, a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies, and the current Chancellor of the University of Western Australia, since 2005. He was a director of BHP Limited and subsequently BHP Billiton Limited from 1995 to 2005 and a member of the JPMorgan International Council from 2004 to 2015.

Chaney was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia on 14 June 2004 for service to the business sector through innovative leadership and management strategies, and to the community through involvement with and support for a broad range of artistic, cultural and scientific organisations.[1]


  1. ^ "CHANEY, Michael Alfred". It's an Honour. Australian Government. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 5 March 2007. 

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Preceded by
Ken Michael
Chancellor of the University of Western Australia
2005 – present