Michael is a leading figure in the Australian social and affordable housing industry, with more than three decades‘ experience in both private and public sectors, in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Housing Choices Australia from when it was founded in 2008 until 2012. In 2014, Michael returned as Managing Director.
Under his stewardship Housing Choices has grown to be one the largest housing associations in Australia.
In the mid-2000s he led the establishment of the Glasgow Housing Association through the transfer of the largest volume of public housing stock in Europe. He served as Chief Executive Officer of the Housing New Zealand Corporation. As Chair and Executive Director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) he drove its restructuring leading to its status as the pre-eminent research resource for the housing industry in Australia. He has also led a significant Government Department in South Australia.
He was Chair of national peak body, the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), from 2016 to 2019, during which time he led the development of its comprehensive National Plan for Affordable Housing, delivered in 2018. Michael is the former Chair of the SA Planning Commission. Michael has been an adviser to Australian governments at all levels and has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation. He is a leading advocate for reform across the housing and planning sectors in Australia, and an experienced board director and university governor. He is an adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide.LinkedIn