Michael was appointed chief financial officer (CFO) of Rockpool Dining Group in January 2016. As CFO, Michael oversees all Rockpool Dining Group financial and IT functions.
Prior to joining Rockpool Dining Group, Michael was commercial finance director for Gondola Group, the UK’s largest casual dining group; operating over 680 restaurants in the UK & Irelands, with a further 70 internationally. He joined Gondola Group when it was a FTSE 250 listed company, later taken private a European private equity firm which successfully expanded it from turnover of A$700 million to over A$1 billion. Between 2013 and 2015, Michael managed the sale of Gondola’s businesses in 3 separate transactions, completing a highly successful exit for its owners, generating total proceeds of over A$2 billion.
Before moving into the hospitality industry in 2005, Michael was a director in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ corporate finance business; advising clients in Australia and the UK across a wide range of industries on acquisitions, mergers, disposals, IPOs, capital raisings and valuations.
Michael is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of Edinburgh.