Michael Hickinbotham is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hickinbotham Group, the largest and longest established building and development group in South Australia.

He has always had a strong interest in entrepreneurial ventures that create value and helped establish the Paringa Vineyard in South Australia‚Äôs Riverland which became one of the largest and most profitable vineyards in Australia. More recently he started the Australian Distilling Company, which makes premium artisan gin.

Mr Hickinbotham also has a strong interest in innovation, education and community building, and pioneered the establishment of Woodend School, the first privately owned public school in Australia and one of the first in the world. He funds educational scholarships for children from high needs families, and supports many cultural, sporting and community groups and charities.

He is currently a member of the board of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA). He is a former Chairman of the Australian Population Institute of Australia (SA), and a former board member of Family Business Australia (SA), as well as the Economic Development Board of South Australia which is the principal economic adviser to the Premier of South Australia.