Michelle has been the Executive Director of The Baird Institute since 2008. Reporting to the Board, she is responsible for strategy and operational leadership in order to achieve the mission of “funding research and applying science to improve the quality of life of all patients facing heart or lung surgery”. The role requires the ability to build relationships with a diverse range of community, corporate and government stakeholders, as well as management of the team, including volunteers.
Michelle’s background is in psychology and human resources working for many years in senior executive positions at Westpac, IBM and Unilever. Twenty years ago she established a human resources management consulting practice, Diversity Management, and led that organisation for 16 years. Michelle has worked extensively in the areas of change management, organisational analysis and design, human resource management, program management, stakeholder engagement as well as leadership development and training.
Michelle has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Technology, a Master of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New South Wales. In addition Michelle is a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Michelle is also a Councillor for the City of Willoughby in Sydney. During her time as Councillor and Deputy Mayor, she has worked tirelessly with the local community advocating across a range of local and state wide issues. Her interest in local government was developed over many years as a very active volunteer in her local community.