Michael assumed the role of CEO of China Matters in March 2020. He has enjoyed a diverse and varied career including almost 20 years in trade and defence appointments across Asia and the Middle East.
A graduate of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Michael served in the Australian Army for 20 years before retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He subsequently served a further 20 years with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission until his retirement from the Australian Public Service in December 2018. He is President of the Australia-China Business Council, NSW.
Michael’s career highlights include almost six years as head of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission’s network in China and assignments in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Osaka. He has served as a Departmental Liaison Officer and adviser to the Minister for Trade, and Chief of Staff to a senior Cabinet Minister.
Michael speaks Chinese and Japanese, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of New South Wales.