He has a track record of supporting government and non-government organisations to navigate change and achieve ambitious objectives in challenging contexts in Australia, Africa, the Middle East, South-East Asia and Europe. He is also a trusted facilitator, leading consultation and mediation processes with complex stakeholders, including people with lived experience, policymakers, services providers and community leaders.
Before joining Nous, Michael enjoyed a career in the international humanitarian and development sectors, working with communities in Australia, Chad, Ethiopia, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Palestine, Somalia and Yemen. His career has included leadership roles with the British Red Cross, Save the Children and CARE International. He is currently the Chairperson of the Centre for Asylum Seekers Refugees and Detainees in WA.
Michael has also been privileged to work as a social worker and counsellor in Australia; working with individuals, families and communities affected by forced migration, mental illness, marginalisation and poverty. He holds a Master of Science (security studies, first place) from the University College of London; a Master of Science (humanitarian management, first place) from the University of Liverpool, and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of WA.
Michael loves travelling with his wife, eating with friends, James Acaster’s comedy and reading with his cats. He enjoys horse-riding and making unfulfilled plans to be more active.