Michael Smith Hon DLitt (UWA) FAICD

Principal, Black House

Michael has a long history in the development of effective strategies, managing performance and identifying critical success factors for outstanding executive team function. 

He has provided extensive strategic support in the building of elite level executive teams to a lengthy list of leading companies and organisations including Rio Tinto, St John of God Health Care, Arafura Ltd, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA, Cirrus Corporation, Swick Mining, the West Australian Football Commission, Western Australian Cricket Association, City of Perth, City of Rockingham, Satterley Property Group, Brightwater, Christ Church Grammar School, Methodist Ladies’ College, Screenwest, Lotterywest, HBF, Navitas, RAC, Hawaiian, RSM, The Australia Council, AFIA, AIM, Force Technology and CBH. A full client list is available.

Michael’s passion for leading governance in the boardroom is exemplary and his contributions at the board level are considerable. He is the current Chair of 7-Eleven Stores PL and Starbucks Australia, is a director of AusCycling, where he chairs the High Performance Committee and is Patron of the Co3 Dance Company.

Michael’s previously held roles include Chair of Pioneer Credit, the Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group, iiNet, state energy suppliers Synergy and Verve, the Perth International Arts Festival, the West Coast Eagles, National Chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, deputy Chair of Automotive Holdings Group and a director of Creative Partnerships Australia and HOME Building Society. Other past positions include Chairman of the Pearling Industry Advisory Committee, State President of the Australian Marketing Institute and a member of the national board.

In March 2014, Michael was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia for his contribution to the business sector and the arts. In addition to this award, Michael is the recipient of the Patron’s Medal – His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, in recognition of his services to marketing by the Australian Marketing Institute.

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