Michael is the Managing Director of the Hickinbotham Group, and is based in Adelaide, South Australia. Prior to joining the Hickinbotham Group in the mid-1990s, Michael was a solicitor at the Melbourne office of national law firm Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) where he specialised in corporate and commercial law. Michael is currently a member of the board of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA). He is a former Chairman of the Australian Population Institute of Australia (SA), and a former board member of Family Business Australia (SA), as well as the Economic Development Board of South Australia which is the principal economic adviser to the Premier of South Australia. Michael holds a degree in Economics from the University of Adelaide and an honours degree in Law from University College London. He is admitted to practice as a barrister and a solicitor in the Supreme Courts of Victoria and South Australia and the High Court of Australia. Michael was awarded a Centenary Medal for service to the Australian building industry and the community.