Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute
Mick grew up on a farm in southern NSW. He holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees in agriculture, each obtained at the University of NSW.
His career has included periods of employment as a farm manager, a University researcher, an agribusiness consultant and an agricultural lobbyist and policy advisor.
In late 2003, he was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, an independent policy research institute that conducts research into strategic policy issues of importance to Australian agriculture.
Since that time, Mick has been involved in research into a wide range of issues impacting on the agricultural sector both in Australia and internationally, and has authored a large number of papers and reports on these subjects. He also appears regularly in the media and as a speaker at Australian and international agricultural conferences.
In 2011, Mick was appointed Chairperson of the Australian Government's panel which reviewed drought support measures, the outcome of which was a fundamental change in Australian drought policy.
In 2012, he was appointed chairman of the Australian Government's National Rural Advisory Council (NRAC), a statutory Council which provides advice to the Australian Government Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.