After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer in 1984, Michael joined Sola Optical for 10 years; one of the early international "Medical Devices" companies.
Michael completed an MBA in 1998 and established Adelaide Consulting, with clients including The University of Adelaide. After managing the establishment of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics at the Waite Precinct in 2002, Michael joined it as General Manager.
Between 2004 and 2010, Michael was a Director of AusBiotech and chaired its Risk and Audit Committee. He was a member of the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property, the organisation that advises IP Australia and the Federal Government on IP matters.
Michael is now a director of the ABIC Foundation, based in Canada.
Michael is also the Company Secretary of ACPFG.