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Dr Ken Michael AC was installed as the thirtieth Governor of Western Australia on 18 January 2006, retiring from this position in May 2011.

He was educated at Highgate Primary School, Perth Boys’ School and Perth Modern School.  He graduated in civil engineering from The University of Western Australia and completed his PhD degree at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.

He was Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, Chairman of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, Chairman of the Western Australian Museum and a member of the Economic Regulation Authority.  He also served as Commissioner of Main Roads and Public Service Commissioner.

Dr Michael has made a significant contribution in many areas, including public service, engineering, academia and, in general, to the Western Australian community.  He continues his support of the community in his retired capacity.  He is currently Chairman of the Australian Defence Force Assistance Trust and Chairman of Broome Future, as well as being involved in other community based activities.

He has received a number of awards in recognition of his contribution to his profession and the community.  He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1996 and Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2006 Australia Day Honours.

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