Michael is a Professor of Practice (Integrated Reporting), Deakin University and Special Adviser – Connectivity and Integrated Reporting, IFRS Foundation. As a Senior Advisor at BWD, Michael lends his expertise to companies seeking to ensure their sustainability reporting is ready for external assurance.

When it comes to sustainability reporting assurance, Michael’s experience is unmatched. He was an audit partner of KPMG Australia for 27 years between 1989 and 2016, and Director of KPMG Australia’s Better Business Reporting Services between 2016 and 2020. In that capacity, he led some of the world’s first integrated reporting assurance engagements.

As a strategic advisor to the IFRS Foundation, Michael supports the IFRS Foundation’s Chief Connectivity and Integrated Reporting Officer, leads the jurisdictional Integrated Reporting Communities program, and leads on thought leadership activities on intangibles and assurance connectivity. Within the Deakin University Integrated Reporting Centre, Michael is Director – Thought Leadership and Industry Engagement and Director – Australian Business Reporting Leaders Forum, Australia’s Integrated Reporting Community and a Reporting Stakeholder to the Australian Financial Reporting Council.

Michael is a member of the Sustainability Reporting Advisory Panel of the Australian Accounting Standards Board / Australian Auditing & Assurance Standards Board. He is a member of the Expert Reference Groups for the International Auditing & Assurance Standards Board’s and International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants’ Sustainability Reporting Assurance Projects.