Michael was appointed chief financial officer (CFO) of Rockpool Dining Group in January 2016. As CFO, Michael oversees all Rockpool Dining Group financial, IT and legal functions.
Prior to joining Rockpool Dining Group, Michael was the commercial finance director for Gondola Group, the UK’s largest casual dining group; operating over 680 restaurants in the UK & Ireland, with a further 70 internationally. He worked on the international expansion of Pizza Express and more notably was part of the team that launched Byron as a new ‘better burger’ business, overseeing its rapid growth from small start-up to major UK brand. In 2015, Michael managed the sale of Gondola’s businesses in 3 separate transactions, completing a highly successful exit for its private equity owners, generating total proceeds of A$2.5 billion.
Before moving into the hospitality industry in 2005, Michael was a director in Price Waterhouse Cooper’s corporate finance business; advising clients in both Australia and the UK across a wide range of industries on acquisitions, mergers, disposals, IPOs and capital raisings.
Michael is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Edinburgh.