VICTORIA STATE WINNER
2016 Australian Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership.
Michelle is a partner and the Chief Executive Officer of Maddocks lawyers, an Australian law firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. She was appointed as CEO following 18 years at the firm, including 13 years as a partner and 8 as leader of the firm’s commercial disputes team. Under Michelle’s leadership, Maddocks received citation as an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the WGEA in 2014 and 2015.
Michelle is a strong advocate for the progression of women into leadership. She is an ambassador for the Workplace Gender Equity Agency’s (WGEA) ‘In Your Hands’ initiative for pay equity and was recognised by the AFR and Westpac as one of 2015's 100 Women of Influence. Michelle is also a member of The Nature Conservancy Australia's Advisory Board.
Michelle is also a champion of the Maddocks Women initiative, set up to help the firm’s female employees with their professional development as well as to promote the firm as an innovative and responsive employer for women. Maddocks is also a signatory for LGBTI employer support program Pride in Diversity.
Michelle is married to Chris, a mum to 2 young children (Max and Indigo) and foster mum to a teenager.
CEO and Partner, Maddocks