Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC (Retd) was born in Wiluna, WA in 1937, Michael Jeffery graduated from the Royal Military College into Infantry, serving operationally in Malaya, Borneo, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, where he was awarded the Military Cross and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
From 1993-2000 he was the Governor of Western Australia. In 2000 he established, in Perth, a not for profit strategic research institute – Future Directions International (FDI), which he continues to chair. From 2003 to 2008 he served as Governor-General of Australia where his key interests were in youth, education and sustainable agriculture.
He is Chairman of Soils for Life, the Australian Trachoma Alliance and the Constitutional Education Fund Australia. Patron of numerous charitable organisations, he is also the National Advocate for Soil Health, a Prime Ministerial appointment.
Married to Marlena, he has four children, 10 grandchildren and enjoys golf, fishing, cricket and music.