Michael Crouch AC was Founder and former Executive Chairman (1962-2013) of Zip Industries (Aust) Pty Ltd, which pioneered the design and manufacture of instant boiling water and filtered drinking water appliances now widely used in some 70 countries.
In 1988, he was appointed Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to conservation and the community. In 1996, he was appointed Officer of the Order of St John for his service to St John Ambulance Australia, and was named Exporter of the Year by the Australian Electronic & Electrical Manufacturers' Association.
Government appointments include: Member, Australian Government Trade Policy Advisory Council 1996-1999; Member, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC) 1996-2007; and as one of three representatives of Prime Minister John Howard to the APEC Business Advisory Council 1996-2007.
In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through international trade development. In 2004 has was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for service to manufacturing, for development of export markets and for service to the community through conservation and charitable organisations.
He served as a Director, Advisory Committee and Member, Advisory Council, Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales 2001-2012. and in 2007 received the first UNSW Honorary Doctorate of Business in recognition of his extensive and sustained contribution to business and the broader community.
In 2012 he received the Duke of Edinburgh's Pin as a World Fellow of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. In 2013, he received an Australian Export Heroes Award from the Export Council of Australia.
In 2014 he continues as Chairman of the Friends of the Royal Flying Doctor Service; as Chairman, Advisory Committee, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney University; as Chairman and Director, Diamond Jubilee Partnership Pty Ltd; as Deputy President, National Board of the Friends of the Duke of Edinburgh Award in Australia; and as Chairman, National Boer War Memorial Fund.