Michelle Mackenzie

Michelle Mackenzie became Shelter WA’s CEO at the beginning of 2018.

She has a passion for social justice, human rights and working with people, communities and institutions to advocate and deliver more affordable and diverse housing choice.

Michelle understands that championing more affordable housing choice in this State, will lead to better outcomes for people experiencing homelessness and those seeking housing security.

She is passionate about working collaboratively, facilitating the alignment of government, industry, researchers and the community sector to design and deliver an affordable housing system.

Prior to working at Shelter WA, Michelle was an Executive Director at the Department of Regional Development, led the regional community relations team at Rio Tinto, and was an Executive Manager at the WA Local Government Association (WALGA).

Originally from Melbourne, Michelle has worked on remote Kimberley Aboriginal communities and in the Pilbara, where she managed the Town of Port Hedland’s community services and development functions.

Michelle has a Master of Arts in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Music/Arts (hons).

She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Leadership WA and graduated with an Order of Merit from the Australian Institute of Company Directors' course.

Michelle leads her team through Shelter WA’s values of courage, innovation, collaboration and leadership.