Michael commenced his career in education as a secondary teacher, working in Catholic schools across New South Wales and Victoria. He moved to the Independent Education Union in Victoria in 1995 where he worked as an organiser and trainer. Michael took up a position with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service as the National Workplace Learning Manager and Principal Officer of the Registered Training Organisation in 2000. During his career, Michael has pursued research and further study completing a Masters degree in Education Leadership and lecturing on that topic for Victoria University. In 2019 he completed his PhD on the topic Lessons from Paul: First educator of the first millennium. Michael’s interests are in the purpose of education in the community; the role of teachers as agents for social justice and architects of social change; in leadership development and in leadership as a quality to be exercised by all teachers in education. Michael is the Executive Officer of the Teacher Learning Network, a role he has held since 2006. His role includes being the editor of the TLN school journal, responsibility for the TLN leadership program and overseeing TLN major projects. Michael presents a variety of professional development programs for TLN members and schools.