Advisory Board

Michael Byrne

Advisory Board

Michael’s role with HSE Global is to utilise his extensive experience and offer counsel and direction as to how Boards and CEOs of multinational corporations can see safety and compliance as a value proposition and look past sequential thinking, process and legalities and towards connecting with workers as people through felt leadership and passion in a non-hierarchical way.

With a distinguished career in C-Suite executive positions including being the Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Toll Holdings Group; Chief Executive Officer of Coates Hire; Linfox and Westgate Holdings, as well as Non-Executive Director of Australia Post, Michael understands what it takes to be a successful executive in challenging international markets.

In addition to this Michael was appointed International Freight Coordinator General, Austrade on 31 March 2020 to assist the Federal Government’s COVID-19 response. Michael currently serves on the Boards of Ausgrid Asset, Management, Finance and Operator Partnership, NSW Ports and Peel Ports UK. He is also a council member on the NSW Freight Advisory Council, a Senate member and Chancellors Advisory Board for the University of Western Australia and is a Strategic Advisor on Infrastructure to IFM Investors and Australian Super and leads the Talent and Capability Think Tank for Deakin University.

Michael holds a Master of Science in Transportation and Infrastructure from the University of Denver, USA. He completed management training at the Darden School of Management at the University of Virginia, as well as the International Management Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2017, Michael became the inaugural Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics at Deakin University.

Michael has been married to Leah for over 28 years, and they have three adult children – Sarah, Jacob and Isaac. He has been a patrol captain and board coach at Elouera Surf Club, Sydney, for more than 15 years. Michael has also coached children’s sport for over 25 years in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.

Michael Byrne
“Historically, risk management has sometimes been a lot more analysis than management”
– Professor Jim Joy

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