Not so John Davies. The former headteacher of Swinford Manor school in Kent was fully cleared last year after being accused of a range of crimes including - the horror - sending pupils on cross-country runs.
Mr Davies decided he wanted to put his unique experiences to good use. As they say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. So he applied to become a lay member of the GTC's disciplinary panel earlier this year.
Unfortunately, the council recently rejected his application, giving no reason for the snub.
Mr Davies, who now works as a property developer in Guildford, said he has his theories.
"There are plenty of solicitors and accountants out there who are probably better qualified than me. Maybe it's because I wanted to make a complaint about the length of time my tribunal was taking, and I challenged the fact they were self-regulating. Perhaps it's because I went to the press about it afterwards. Perhaps they don't want challenging people."
But Mr Davies, aged 59, says he is not bitter. His property portfolio is worth pound;2.5million.