Michael runs a family farming enterprise at Nile in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania (with property also in northern NSW) having successfully transitioned the business from a dryland grazing enterprise to intensive mixed farming. He currently serves as the Board Chair of TAPAgrico (a Tasmanian-based grain storage, stock feed and logistics company), Director of Tasmanian Irrigation, Director of Starson Farms and Director/Secretary of Winburn Tas. Michael is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has a broad range of experience in resource management, strategic planning and risk profiling, human resource management and operational logistics. Prior to joining the GRDC Southern Panel he served as part of the High Rainfall Zone Regional Cropping Solutions Network for six years. Michael received a GRDC supported Nuffield Scholarship in 2012 to study systemisation and expansion models. He then served on the Board of Nuffield Australia for two years and acted as state chair for three and regularly leads the China leg of the Nuffield Global Focus tour.