Michelle Hertz (nee Purkiss) has been a local to the North Sydney area for over twenty years. She is a strategy executive currently working in social infrastructure at Ventia, an Australian/New Zealand business headquartered in North Sydney delivering essential services to communities. Michelle has over twenty years of experience in strategy and growth, large-scale reform, operational improvement, innovation, and strategy execution both in Australia and internationally – particularly across emergency services, health, human services and justice sectors.

Michelle enjoys creating solutions that alleviate or solve the “hard to solve” social issues through service delivery and infrastructure. She works with best of breed partners to design and deliver those solutions bringing the best of capabilities to current and prospective clients. Michelle specialises in creating first generation solutions for the social sector with the safety and wellness of the community being the utmost priority. These solutions include integrated service delivery, social infrastructure operations and maintenance, operational technologies and logistics.

Michelle has sat on the board of Tuberous Sclerosis Australia (a rare disease organisation) for the last six years, being deputy chair for the last three. She has been a senior executive in the NSW Public Service, a small business owner, and a management consultant. Michelle is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GACID) in addition to being a practicing member of the Australian Transformation & Turnaround Association. She is also currently completing her Masters’ of Criminology through the University of Sydney.

Michelle Hertz is standing for election in the North Sydney Council elections on 4.12.2021