Our Board & Staff

Michael Traill, AM

Chair, The Front Project, Chair, Goodstart Early Learning, SVA Leadership Council; Director MH Carnegie & Co, Sunsuper.

Michael was Chief Executive of Social Ventures Australia for 12 years from 2002 to 2014. Prior to that he spent 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment.

Michael currently has a range of primarily social purpose Chair and board roles, including Chair of Goodstart Early Learning, Chairman of Assetic Pty Ltd, a Director of M H Carnegie & Co, Sunsuper, and a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia. In 2010, Michael was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to not-for-profit organisations.

Michael is the author of Jumping Ship – From the world of corporate Australia to the heart of social investment, which reflects on his personal and professional journey, and has been a widely acclaimed manifesto for change and action in the social purpose sector and has been shortlisted for the 2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize.

Michael holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Harvard University.