Michael is an Aboriginal man and a member of the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri Nation of Central New South Wales with a career in Indigenous higher education and record of service to the arts, culture and the community spanning almost three decades.
Michael is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor Indigenous (Leadership and Engagement) and Director, Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology Sydney where he is also a Professor of Indigenous Education.
He has previously held similar leadership roles at both Western Sydney University and Macquarie University as well as part time lectureships at the Australian Catholic University and the University of Sydney.
Michael has held a number of Federal and State Government appointments having been a member of the Federal Minister for Education's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, the National Native Title Tribunal, the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal, the NSW Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the NSW Guardianship Tribunal. He has also been a Commissioner with the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Michael is also a Board Director with the Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia) and the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG) and chairs Sydney Living Museums’ Aboriginal Advisory Committee. He and is a former Board Director with the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College.
Michael joined the Bangarra Board in November 2011. In 2013 he was appointed Deputy Chair of Bangarra in October 2014 became Chair.