Michael Wood

Michael Wood is an Anglican priest who works as a University Chaplain and Professional Facilitator. He has been providing leadership coaching to leaders in the university, government, business, church and community sectors for the last 15 years. He has a special interest in supporting people to make positive changes in the world through their work, community and family relationships whether or not they are in formal management or leadership roles.   His leadership experience, combined with coach training, helps him to empathise with the demands which clergy, educators, executives, managers and leaders face on a day to day basis. It also shapes his coaching in a way that people find practical and down to earth.


As well as coaching, Michael specialises in ‘dialogic’ facilitation processes, such as Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, Talking Circles, Restorative Justice Conferencing and Contemplative Retreats. He has facilitated over 300 Open Space and Talking Circle meetings; has attended two international conferences on Open Space Technology; and conducts Open Space Technology and Talking Circle action-learning workshops around Australia. Michael is a founding member of 'Peace and Nonviolence Education Australasia' www.peaceandnveducation.org and a Contemplative Prayer Community called ‘Contemplatio'. www.contemplatioaustralia.org


Prior to his current work, Michael led several Anglican parish communities over a ten year period, prior to which he spent twelve years in the shipping and banking industries in sea-going and shore based Human Resources roles.

Michael is married and is father to two adult daughters. He is currently working on a book about 'Practicing Peace'.


​​Professional qualifications


Restorative Justice Conference Facilitator Training (2018, 2019)

Professional Certified Coach (PCC): International Coach Federation - current

Diploma of Professional Coaching: Coach School (2006)

Bachelor of Divinity: Murdoch University (1996)

Bachelor of Business (Human Resources): Victoria College (1989)

Diploma of Applied Science (Nautical): Australian Maritime College (1983)