Michelle was AustCyber’s inaugural Chief Operating Officer, joining the company in January 2017 and was appointed CEO in April 2018.
Prior to joining AustCyber, Michelle was the first Senior Adviser for Cyber Security at the National Security College within The Australian National University and developed the blueprint for the ANU Cyber Institute.
Before joining the ANU, she held various strategy and risk management roles across the Australian Government, including at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, where she was instrumental to the delivery of the Government’s 2015 Cyber Security Review and Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy, released in 2016. While at PM&C, she was also the architect of the world’s first national security strategy risk framework and managed the Government’s Coordinated National Security Budget across three federal Budgets.
Prior to government, Michelle spent ten years in the food safety segment of Australia’s food manufacturing sector, focused on risk management, supply chain security and strategic communication.
Michelle is a director on the boards of AustCyber, the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre and the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre. She also holds positions on senior industry and government Forums, Advisory Committees and Working Groups, including the the national Industry 4.0 Advanced Manufacturing Forum. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics, Business Law) from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communications) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is an alumna of the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Michelle is passionate about Australia’s cyber security sector enabling all Australian organisations to grow and take advantage of the cyber world. She is also a strong advocate for increasing diversity in the cyber security workforce and inspiring people with the possibilities of cyber innovation.