Michael Brough is Director of Planning and Programs for the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, which is dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S. The Leadership Roundtable exists to strengthen the temporal affairs of the Church by harnessing the expertise and resources of Catholic senior-level executives from all sectors (including the financial, corporate, governmental, philanthropic, charitable, judicial and educational) in service to the Church.

Previously, Michael was a member of the RENEW International Service Team, serving as Executive Director from 2001-2006.  Michael is an experienced presenter and teacher and worked for the Scottish bishops in the area of justice education.  He has worked with and trained priests and lay ministers in dioceses and parishes across the United States and in twelve different countries.

In his role with the Leadership Roundtable, Michael directs the organization's projects and programs and has contributed toward the development of resources to assist parishes, dioceses and Catholic nonprofits to address the development and implementation of management structures and personnel policies and procedures that enhance the effectiveness of all those in Church ministry. He is also a presenter in the Leadership Roundtable’s training for new pastors and a keynote presenter and workshop facilitator at national and diocesan conferences. 

Michael coordinates the Standards for Excellence program and successfully completed training as a licensed consultant with the Standards for Excellence Institute.  In addition, he developed and manages the Partners in Excellence program that provides education support materials and training for Catholic dioceses, parishes and nonprofits. Michael is also certified by the Center for Creative Leadership to deliver the Leadership Roundtable’s Catholic Leadership 360 assessment tool.

Michael received his MA in Social Anthropology in 1990 from St Andrews University, Scotland and his Masters of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1998. He has further qualifications in clinical and pastoral counseling and education.

Michael lives in New Jersey with his wife and three daughters.

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