Mike is the founding Director of a broad based agricultural consulting company providing advice, training and services to farmers, agribusiness and government. Mike has 35 years’ experience in human resource management and provides consulting advice to major agribusiness companies. As a concurrent activity with MS&A, for fifteen years Mike was the Executive Officer of the Beef Improvement Association of Australia. In addition he was a Director of Working With People Pty Ltd and Executive Officer of The Victorian Farmers Federation Employers Association. He is a former Chairman of Country Education Program (CEP) the Ag Institute of Australia and the Churchill Trust Victorian Primary Industry Selection Committee. He was deputy Chair of National Indigenous Pastoral Enterprises.
Mike, who is a Churchill Fellow, was awarded the inaugural Marcus Oldham College Excellence in Agriculture Award is a Fellow of The Ag Institute Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mike holds a Diploma of Farm Management, and a MSc and PhD in Family Farm Business Succession. He has been an accredited advisor with Family Business Australia. He recently received the 2023 Howard Yelland Beef Industry Award.
Mikes keynote addresses focus on the whole business. Getting the best result from the human, financial and physical capital requires a depth of knowledge in all aspects of the business. His presentations on business succession, while focusing on family owned businesses are applicable to any. When it is appropriate, to emphasise a point, Mike draws on the hundreds of poems he has written or will write one specifically for the occasion.