Board Committees: Executive & Budget, Convenor: Professional Development sub committee.
Mike specialises in succession planning, project management, community and workshop facilitation and people management. His training activities concentrate on making people work more effectively together in a farming and rural environment. He has recently completed a degree in MSc (Strategic Foresight).
He is the Managing Director of Mike Stephens & Associates (MS&A). MS&A is a broad based agricultural consulting company, providing advice, training and services to farmers, agribusiness and government. The company and its affiliates has a team of twenty consultants plus support staff.
Mike spent fifteen years as the part time Executive Officer of the Beef Improvement Association of Australia, is a Director of Working With People, Chairman of the Churchill Trust Victorian Primary Industry Selection Committee and a past Chairman of BRACE – a Ballarat community based education and training organization. He is involved in many community and agricultural activities and is well known in rural circles for his broadcasting and writing. He was an inaugural director of Farm Management 500.
In 1993 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and studied Farm Business Management in the UK, New Zealand and France. In 1998 he was awarded the inaugural Marcus Oldham College Excellence in Agriculture Award. He broadcast on the ABC Country Hour for seven years as Michelago Mick.
Mikes interest in people lead him to establish a recruiting and HR division of MS&A in 1984. The HR services remain an important part of MS&A’s client service. In 1992 Mike was approached to be part of a group to develop manage and deliver the Marcus Oldham Leadership Program. The program, now in its sixteenth year has been and remains an outstanding success. Mike has been involved in the redesign, management, coordination and delivery of every course. The success has led Marcus Oldham and Mike to work together on other leadership programs.