(1933-05-27) 27 May 1933 (age 80), Sydney, Australia
Businessman and exporter
Michael Jenkins Crouch AO (born on 27 May 1933, Sydney, Australia) is an Australian businessman. He is Chairman/CEO of Zip Industries, the Australian manufacturer and distributor of potable boiling and chilled filtered water delivery products. Zip was the first company worldwide to develop small instant boiling water heaters. Those heaters are now widely used throughout Australian offices and in the UK. They are also used in the kitchens of some fifteen Houses of Parliament around the world, and in the offices of at least four Heads of State.
1 Business activities,
2 Memberships and committees,
3 Positions held (1976-2008),
4 Honors and awards,
5 Personal life,
7 External links,
Business activities edit:
Crouch attended Cranbrook School, Sydney. he is a prominent member of the Australian business community, with a long-held interest in promoting Australian exports. In 1996 he was appointed one of the three Australian representatives to the APEC Business Advisory Council by Prime Minister John Howard. The Council of 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region reports to national leaders directly once a year on business perspectives, and the annual plans of Government to diminish barriers to trade. He remained a member of APEC until 2007.
Memberships and committees edit:
He served as a member and treasurer of the Finance Committee of the Liberal Party of Australia, NSW Division; a director of the NSW Society for Crippled Children (Northcott Disability Services; a trustee and President of the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife; a director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of NSW; NSW Chairman and Director of the Advance Australia Foundation; a member of the National Committee for the Development of Youth Employment; a member of the Finance Committee of the St John's Ambulance, Australia; a member of the Salvation Army Sydney Advisory Board; a member of the Federal Government's Trade Policy Advisory Committee; a member of the Salvation Army's Rehabilitation and Services Command Management Advisory Committee and a director of Standards Australia International Ltd For more than 20 years he has been a member of the Australian Pacific Economic Cooperative Council. He was founding chair of the Friends of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (South Eastern Section) and has raised more than $10 million in the past two years in support of the purchase and fit-out of two new aircraft.
In 2001 Crouch became a member of the Advisory Board of the former Faculty of Commerce and Economics of the University of NSW and continues to serve as a member. of the Advisory Council of the Australian School of Business Australian School of Business. He was recognized by UNSW with an honorary Doctorate of Business an honorary doctorate. He has been a member of the National Board of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Australia since 2009.
Crouch is a major supporter of and sits on the board of the Symphony of Australia Foundation.
Positions held (1976-2008) edit:
1996 to 2007 one of the three Australian representatives of Australian Prime Minister John Howard to the APEC Business Advisory Council,
1996 to 2007 member of the Australian Pacific Economic Cooperation Council,
1996 to 1999 member of the Australian Government Trade Policy Advisory Council from,
1999 - 2003 Director of Standards Australia International Ltd,
1980 - 1996 President and Trustee of the National Parks and Wildlife Foundation,
1994 - 2002 Member of the Sydney Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and their Rehabilitation and Services Command Advisory Board.,
1984-1989 Director and NSW Chairman. the Advance Australia Foundation,
1984-1986 Director, Muscular Dystrophy Association NSW,
1985-1987 Member, National Committee for Development of Youth Employment,
1976-1986 Director, NSW Society for Crippled Children (now the Northcott Society),
Honors and awards edit:
Crouch was appointed an Officer of the Order of St John in 1996 in recognition of his service to St John Ambulance Australia. He was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Governor-General in 2003 for his services to Australian society through international trade development. He was appointed to the Order of Australia as a Member (AM) Order of Australia in 1988 for service to conservation and the community and as an Officer (AO) in June 2004 for service to the manufacturing sector, to the development of export markets in the Asia-Pacific region and to the community through a range of conservation and charitable organizations.
1988: appointed Member of the Order of Australia for service to conservation and the community1,
1996: named Exporter of the Year by the Australian Electronic & Electrical Manufacturers Association,
1996: appointed an Officer of the Order of St John in recognition of his service to St John Ambulance Australia through its Finance Committee.,
2001: awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through international trade development2,
2004: appointed Officer of the Order of Australia for service to the manufacturing sector, to the development of export markets in Asia Pacific and to the community through a range of conservation and charitable organizations3,
2007: admitted to the degree of Doctor of Business in recognition of his service to Australian industry and the community Honoris Causa by the University of New South Wales 4,
Personal life edit:
He is married, has three children, and lives at Point Piper, NSW and at Waverley station at Gundy near Scone in the upper Hunter Valley of NSW. He is engaged, long-term, in the breeding of Angus cattle.