Michael Kelly - QLD Board Representative

General Manager, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Michael commenced his career in operational management within the theme park, hotel and casino industries before joining Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in 2013. 

During his 7 years with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Michael has overseen unprecedented growth in visitation and revenue with his strengths in connecting strategy, visitor experience and business outcomes. This has allowed the commercial revenue arm of the business to almost double during his tenure. 

His leadership has been integral in developing Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary into a must do attraction for both local and international visitors. Michael has also been working with his team to further develop the Sanctuary’s conservation programs and has been instrumental in leading the responsible business initiatives within the organisation and local community. Currently, he is developing and leading the implementation of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary strategic direction, breathing new life into the facility and continuing to grow the world-renowned attraction.

Michael is an active board member of the Southern Gold Coast Chamber of Commerce and sits on a number of local community groups including the Palm Beach Currumbin State High School council. He is also passionate about tourism and has degrees in Hospitality Management, Events Management and Leadership & Management.

Michael joined the ZAA Board in 2020 as the Queensland Representative.