Michael grew up in Yallingup, a product of a surfer from the east seeking new waves and the daughter of the local baker. After completing an engineering degree at UWA, and a stint in offshore oil and gas, he returned down south. Michael has been partner in a structural engineering consultancy, Cotan, based in Busselton for the last 20 years working on projects throughout the South West. Returning to where his education first started, Michael was P&C President of Dunsborough Primary for 7 years and is currently chair of the Dunsborough Primary School Board. Seeing the need to act on Climate Change, he sees NREG as a catalyst for local action.