Following experience as a Jackaroo, Stockman with New Zealand Loan, and as a Snowy Mountains Scheme Worker, Mike graduated from Marcus Oldham and commenced working as a Property Manager. The largest business he managed ran nearly 80,000 sheep and lambs and produced 2000 bales of wool annually.
From 1983 to the present-day Mike has been a Director of a company which is a broad based agricultural consulting company, providing advice, training and services to farmers, agribusiness and government. 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 Chairman of the Churchill Trust Victorian Primary Industry Selection Committee, the former Deputy Chair of National Indigenous Pastoral Enterprises (NIPE) and a former Chairman of the Ag Institute Australia.
Mike, who is a Churchill Fellow, was awarded the inaugural Marcus Oldham College Excellence in Agriculture Award and is a Fellow of The Ag Institute Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mike was a weekly columnist in The Weekly Times, and in a former life he broadcast on the ABC Country Hour for seven years as Michelago Mick.
Mike holds a Diploma of Farm Management, and a MSc, is a Fellow of Ag Institute Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is an accredited advisor with Family Business Australia, and is currently a PhD candidate studying Farm Business Succession.
He has written several books, is involved in many local community activities around Yendon, Victoria.
Mike’s presentations can be tailored to meet the needs of individual clients and are lively and entertaining.