Breaking moulds - Michael Rose
“I am interested in fairness and equity in the community and I really get excited about new ideas and innovation,” says Michael Rose.
Previously a partner at a leading law firm, including nine years as its Chief Executive Partner, Rose now dedicates much of his time to a number of government, arts and not-for-profit organisations.
He is Chairman of the Committee for Sydney, Sydney Living Museums, and the Institute for Global Development at the University of New South Wales. He is also Global Chairman of the ChildFund Alliance, a development NGO active in more than 60 countries, and a member of the Referendum Council on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
“The common thread in all of the things that I do is that I really enjoy being in an environment that is rich in ideas. The Committee for Sydney is brimming with ideas for the city as a whole; Sydney Living Museums looks at how Sydney’s past can inform its future; and in the development space we focus on critical ideas like human rights, sustainable development and social fairness and equity” he says.
For Rose, ‘as a beneficiary of living in a great city and a great country’, he feels he has an obligation to participate fully in the civic life of Sydney and feels privileged to meet and work with so many others who do the same.
Rose’s leadership in the legal profession and the broader community is exemplary of what he says is a ‘dynamic and healthy coalition between government, business, non-profit organisations and our universities’ that is driving exciting change in Sydney and its culture.
It is this momentum that makes Sydney so exciting, and according to Rose, there is a real opportunity to harness this momentum to cement Sydney’s place as one of the world’s great cities.
“Sydney has a really strong business and financial services sector; world-class education, medical research and healthcare sectors; a unique cultural offering; a great physical environment and extraordinary lifestyle. Ensuring Sydney not only stays a great place, but actually gets better as it grows, is a real motivator for me.”