It seems that ACC chairman John Judge's "move" out of his role is only the tip of the iceberg; the Dom-Post reports:
A cleanout of the ACC board will continue with two more directors to be released from the top of the troubled state insurer.Chairman John Judge was effectively shown the door yesterday after political pressure over the Bronwyn Pullar case.The Dominion Post has learnt that his deputy, John McCliskie, and another director, Rob Campbell, will also be replaced.ACC Minister Judith Collins confirmed last night that the terms of five board members expired in March, and three would not be renewed."I think what you'll see is a change in direction. The fact is, we have board members whose terms have expired and I'm taking the opportunity to bring in people who I believe will be able to help change the direction," Ms Collins said.New appointments to the board were pending approval from the responsible Cabinet committee. Government enforcer and existing director Paula Rebstock would act as chairwoman until a permanent appointment was made.Mr Judge and chief executive Ralph Stewart were called to a meeting in the Beehive yesterday morning, during which Mr Judge was told he would not be kept on the board.
The present ACC board was appointed during the time of ACC Minister Nick Smith. Ms Collins is clearly wanting a change of direction, and the comments she made through gritted teeth yesterday indicate that she is far from pleased with the ongoing distractions at ACC. She is of course hamstrung to a degree by ongoing inquiries into goings-on at ACC, and she will be hoping that the Privacy Commissioner and Auditor-General conclude their investigations shortly.