A keen life learner, Michael is an Industrial Designer and Packaging Design Specialist with 30 years' industry experience. His employment career has taken in senior roles at leading brand owners (Kambrook and Mondelez International), packaging manufacturers (Cryovac Sealedair) and design agencies (Outerspace Design) to his own current consultancies (qDesign Enterprises & The Pack Collective).
Michael works as a Solutions Designer to the Coles Own Brand – Sustainable Packaging team and is the lead Packaging Consultant to KFC Australia. These roles are focused on packaging sustainability to meet the Australian 2025 National Packaging targets and various Single-Use Plastic State bans. TomKat Global Solutions is extremely honoured to add Michael to our team as we move into the next phase.
Career highlights include working on the world’s first Eco-Designed 360-degree cordless kettle; establishing a successful offshore packaging manufacturing JV in Asia; creating a dedicated Packaging Design division at a leading Industrial Design firm; commissioning the 3D printing & Industrial Design Centre at the Mondelez Food Innovation Centre & Curating a Master’s level Packaging & Innovation Design Stream at the University of Melbourne (UoM).
Michael and his teams have been recognised with over 50 design awards including Asia Star Packaging, Australian Packaging Design Awards (APDA), Good Design Awards (GDA), Packaging Innovation and Design Awards (PIDA), Powerhouse Museum selections and the prestigious World Packaging Organisation (WPO) World Star Award 9 times. This included Australia’s inaugural World Star Award for Kraft Heinz's Golden Circle Juice Bottle in 2012.
Michael is very active in the Packaging industry, sitting as a past senior judge for the Packaging Council of Australia (PCA) APDA's & Southern Cross Student awards for a decade and helping launch the Inaugural 2017 PIDA across ANZ. He currently sits on the APCO (Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation) working groups which helps inform and guide our 2025 National Packaging Targets.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS
Industrial Designer and Packaging Design Specialist
Solutions Designer Sustainable Packaging
Business Management/ CEO Roles
Previous National President Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP)