Commodore Michele Miller AM, Royal Australian Navy joined the National Security College in July 2018 as a Navy Visiting Fellow, supporting the ongoing NSC relationship with the Sea Power Centre - Australia. Michele has served as a warfare officer in the Royal Australian Navy for over 30 years, spending the majority of her career at sea, including command of two ships, the last being the Frigate HMAS PERTH, and contributing to operations and engagement from the Middle East to the Indo-Pacific. Michele has served in capability development, headquarters roles, and more recently in strategic workforce planning as the Director General Navy People Branch.
For her endeavours in command and the development of Navy people, Michele was appointed in 2018 as a Member of the Order of Australia in the Military Division.
Michele is a graduate of the University of New South Wales (ADFA), has post-graduate qualifications in Management (Defence Studies) from the University of Canberra, and Maritime Studies from the University of Wollongong, and holds a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies from Deakin University. Her Masters theses examined Australia’s national interests and policy options on issues in the South China Sea. She is a graduate of the Australian Defence College’s Command and Staff Course, and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and serves on the board of the veteran’s charity, Soldier On.
Michele is married to a serving Air Force officer and they entertain one primary school daughter.