Michael Steer - Founder & CEO

Michael is the founder and owner of Live Element. In 1991 Michael began his career in the Industrial Combustion Industry starting as an apprentice electrician working on the design, installation and commissioning of burner management and fuel delivery systems for medium to large industrial combustion plants around Australia. He was awarded the 1994 NECA Apprentice of the Year and was also recognised for his Industrial Automation studies. In 1994 he obtained an Industrial Gas License and in 2005 gained TUV Functional Safety Engineer accreditation. Michael has gained a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration en route to completing his MBA.

Michael was introduced to the Events Industry in 1999 when he was asked to design, supply and commission the fuel delivery and burner control system for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Cauldron*. He went on to operate the Cauldron for the rehearsals and the Opening Ceremony.

Prior to starting Live Element Michael had significant roles in other high profile flame effects for:
•    The 2001 Olympic Cauldron Relocation at Overflow Park, Sydney*
•    The 2004 Athens Olympic Opening Ceremony "Rings of Fire" effect and Olympic Cauldron*
•    The 2006 Doha Asian Games Cauldron and Sports Tower Flame**
•    The 2007 Rio Pan American Games Cauldron in Rio de Janerio**
•    The 2008 Hariri Memorial Flame in Beirut, Lebanon**
•    The 2008 Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Venue Cauldron**

Michael's globally unique and holistic experience in Olympic Cauldron and Flame Effect design and implementation along with his qualifications form the cornerstone of Live Element's capabilities.

* Michael was involved in these projects while managing Combustion Electrical Services, a specialized sub-contractor to FCT
** Michael was involved in these projects while employed by FCT.