Michael Smith

Michael Smith, Hon DLitt (UWA) FAICD, Principal, Black House

Michael has a long history in digital, strategy and market research.

Michael’s contributions at the board level are considerable. He is the current Chair of 7- Eleven Stores PL and Starbucks Australia, the Lionel Samson Sadleirs Group and Pioneer Credit. Michael is the Western Australian Patron of Variety – the Children’s Charity and the Co3 Dance Company.

Michael’s previously held roles include Chair of iiNet, state energy suppliers Synergy and Verve, the Perth International Arts Festival, the West Coast Eagles, National Chair of the Australia Institute of Company Directors, deputy chair of Automotive Holdings Group and a director of Creative Partnerships Australia and HOME Building Society. Other past positions include Chairman of the Pearling Industry Advisory Committee, State President of the Australian Marketing Institute and a member of the national board.

In March 2014 Michael was awarded a Doctor of Letters from the University of Western Australia for his contribution to the business sector and the arts. In addition to this award, Michael is the recipient of the Patron’s Medal – His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, in recognition of his services to marketing by the Australian Marketing Institute.