Mike Bailey was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2020 for his services to Rugby League and to the community; an honour which reflects on much of his commitment to Wests Ashfield. Although he hasn’t been a League player, he served terms as Chairman of both Wests Magpies and Wests Tigers and was prominent in leading initial discussions on the future of our NRL
Club when it was facing difficult financial pressures.
His community service has included his past work hosting events at Wests Ashfield such as ClubGRANTS presentations and the Community Citizenship and Magpie Awards Functions and through his role as a Board Member of several charities, he has assisted numerous fund raising and other activities within that sector.
Mike is a long-standing Debenture Holder who was elected to the Board of Wests Ashfield in 2010 and he became Chairman in the following year. He is involved with all Club Committees and through cooperation with his fellow Directors and the Club’s management team, his term on the Board has improved facilities for Members and their guests. The past year also saw the completion of the amalgamation with Balmain, which has resulted in further expanding the Wests’ footprint.
Keen support for Wests Magpies lured Mike to the Club after he completed his school education at De La Salle College, Ashfield.
Most of his professional life was spent as a journalist with the Seven and Nine Networks and the ABC, where he also did radio work after earlier stints on commercial stations 2KY and 2GB. He also contributed to print outlets and has worked with several state government departments, including overseeing the production of a detailed report on climate change to assist Emergency Services.
He was lecturer and electronic course coordinator for journalism students at Macleay College for more than 10 years; he has provided media training to business agencies and he recently completed employment with the administrative and charitable operations of the Catholic Church in Sydney.