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Wright, Michael

Michael Wright
Michael Wright

Michael Wright is an honours graduate economist from the Australian National University (ANU) with postgraduate qualifications from London School of Economics (LSE). Michael has held academic positions at LSE and at the Universities of Sydney, Melbourne and Monash.

Michael left academia for a senior management position in the Victorian Public Service, where he worked in a member of the Senior Executive Service for 10 years. He left Government employment to establish a consulting company in 1991. At the time of his departure, Michael was Deputy Secretary of Transport and a Member of the Board of the National Rail Corporation.

Michael has run the Miller Network Group for nearly 25 years. The Miller Group works extensively providing organisational and strategic change advice and solutions within the public and private sector. The Miller Group has worked with some 220 clients since 1990. In recent years, this has included clients as diverse as most of the Health Services and many Hospitals in Australia – as well as a number in New Zealand -, the Federal Government and all Australian States and Territories other than Western Australia, Global mining companies, such as Anglo American in Australia and South Africa, Victoria Police, V/Line Passenger Services Board, AIM, Fair Work Australia, P & O Ports, Victorian Channel’s Authority, the Northern Territory Government, ComCare, and a number of international manufacturing companies and Australian Universities and TAFE providers. Michael has worked with clients on a range of change projects extending from strategic planning, to organisational redesign, change facilitation, to senior management mentoring, through to major organisational reviews, business case development and the development of Reports to Government. Michael also provides leadership programs and coaching of senior executives across a wide range of industries in Australia, either directly, through the Miller Group, or with the Jeff Whalan Learning Group and has facilitated over some 7 years for the Cranlana Leadership program of the Myer Foundation.

In addition to running the Miller Group, Michael has undertaken short term senior roles within the public and private sector. Between 2002 and 2005 Michael returned to Government as the CEO of the Victorian Channels Authority and later as Deputy Secretary in the Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet, leading the “whole of government”, Office of Workforce Development. In recent years Michael has led innovative entities developing new solutions in the health sector – notably as Managing Director of Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre, as CEO of the Victorian Cancer Agency and as Director of the Monash Health Translation Precinct.

Michael also holds and has held a number of not for profit Board roles ranging from a member of the Board of the Transport Accident Commission, to the Board of Oxfam Australia, Chair of The Victorian Neurotrauma Initiative Board, Chair of the McCaughey Centre for Social Wellness at Melbourne University, Chair of the Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO), a member of the Board of HomeGround Pty Ltd and a member of the Footscray Community Arts Centre Board.

Michael is a very experienced senior leader with extensive organisational breadth and change expertise. He has a reputation for his strategic skills, honesty and independence.  

Agora Dialogue Alumni – Michael Wright

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