The Hon Mike Rann was appointed Australian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in December 2012.
Hon Mike Rann was Premier of South Australia between March 2002 and October 2011. He served in the South Australian Parliament for more than 26 years including 22 years on the front bench. His 17 years as Labor Party Leader in South Australia is a record and he held a series of Ministerial portfolios between 1989 and his retirement from politics in January 2012.
As Premier, he was also Minister for Economic Development, Sustainability and Climate Change, Social Inclusion, and the Arts. In 2008 he was National President of the Australian Labor Party. In 2007 he became the Inaugural Chair of the Council of the Australian Federation. Following his retirement from politics, Hon Mike Rann was appointed Professorial Fellow in Social and Policy Studies at Flinders University; Adjunct Professor in Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University; Senior Visiting Research Fellow in Political Studies at the University of Auckland; and Senior Fellow for Democracy and Development at the Center for National Policy in Washington DC.
In 2012 Hon Mike Rann was appointed by the Australian Government as Chair of Low Carbon Australia Limited. He also joined the International Leadership Council of the UK-based The Climate Group and the International Advisory Board of Britain's Ecological Sequestration Trust and the Council of the Royal Institution Australia.
Hon Mike Rann has a Master of Arts from the University of Auckland and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia. In the 2009 New Year's Honours List, he was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM).
He is married to Sasha Carruozzo and he has two children, David and Eleanor.