Ken Michael

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The Honourable
Ken Michael
32nd Governor of Western Australia
In office
18 January 2006 – 2 May 2011
Monarch Elizabeth II
Premier Colin Barnett
Lieutenant Wayne Martin
Preceded by John Sanderson
Succeeded by Malcolm McCusker
Personal details
Born 12 April 1938[1]
Perth, Western Australia
Nationality Australia
Spouse(s) Julie Diana Michael
Residence South Perth
Alma mater University of Western Australia
Imperial College
Profession Civil engineer

Kenneth Comninos "Ken" Michael AC (born 1938) is an Australian academic and former public servant who was the 32nd Governor of Western Australia, serving from 2006 to 2011.[2]

His vice-regal appointment was announced on 6 June 2005 by the then Premier Geoff Gallop and he was sworn in at Government House, Perth on 18 January 2006 by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and Lieutenant-Governor, David Malcolm.[2]

Previously, Michael was Chancellor of the University of Western Australia. He was also chairman of the East Perth Redevelopment Authority, a member of the Economic Regulation Authority, and a former Commissioner of Main Roads WA. He studied at Imperial College London.[1][2]

Michael was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 1996, and elevated to a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2006 Australia Day Honours. He was named Western Australian Citizen of the Year in 2001 and received the Centenary Medal in 2003 for service to the public, engineering and the Greek Community.[1][2]

In 2006 Michael was named the patron of the Fremantle Football Club, following in the footsteps of Lieutenant-General Sanderson who was also patron at Fremantle. He has been a member of the club since 1994 as an inaugural Quay Club member.

Michael is also the state patron of The Boys' Brigade, and Mrs Michael is the state patron of The Girls' Brigade.

Michael resigned as Governor on 2 May 2011. Lieutenant-Governor Wayne Martin became Administrator of Western Australia until Malcolm McCusker was sworn in as Governor on 1 July 2011.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Australian Greek named next WA governor" (pdf). Kazzie News (128). July 2005. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "His Excellency Dr Kenneth Comninos MICHAEL AC: 2006-2011". The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia. Dept of Premier and Cabinet, Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 

Government offices
Preceded by
Lieutenant General John Sanderson
Governor of Western Australia
Succeeded by
Malcolm McCusker