Michael was born in Brisbane and studied Law and Commerce at the University of Queensland, followed by a business strategy professional qualification with CIMA. He has been the General manager of Santos for the past 5 years and overseen the transformation of this once-struggling business to a strong local employer that has recently transitioned into a not-for-profit environmental charity. Michael was elected to Byron Shire Council in 2016 as part of the Greens on a platform of supporting local sustainable agriculture and a chemical-free shire.