Michael Buckland

Chief Executive Officer, McKell Institute

Michael Buckland is the CEO of the McKell Institute, Australia’s leading progressive think tank in areas of housing affordability, taxation, wage theft, wage growth, superannuation, childcare and more. 

The McKell Institute works with all major political parties to pursue pragmatic progressive solutions to our most pressing policy challenges. 

Michael joined the Institute from Australia’s largest philanthropic fund, the Paul Ramsay Foundation, where he led policy programs and public affairs to help achieve their mission to break cycles of disadvantage in Australia. 

His passion while working for the Foundation was seeking ways to disrupt the stubborn cycle of disadvantage caused by our criminal justice system. 

Michael has served as Chief of Staff and Policy Director to NSW Opposition Leaders, giving him extensive experience at the highest levels in policy development and government. 

His diverse background includes work for derivatives trading firm, First Prudential Markets, trade unions and advocacy campaigns.