Mike was born in Liverpool and over the last 30 years he has worked across both the private, public and charity sectors. Back in 1992 Mike was part of a small team which established Brouhaha International Festival and for five years he worked to establish the EU’s Cultural Contact Point UK in an office right next door to the Everyman Theatre. Mike has successfully raised funds from the public and private sector and managed public-sector grant schemes within a regional development agency here in the North West. As Director of the Lake District World Heritage Project, Mike successfully relaunched Cumbria’s campaign for UNESCO listing.
Mike now leads on Development at the Royal Institute of British Architects, home to the RIBA Stirling Prize, where he builds relationships with private sector/corporate partners to support the work of the Institute and deliver added value to both the partners and a membership of 45,000 architects worldwide.
Mike is a trustee of two North West Charities, Cadas which supports people in Cumbria to manage drug and alcohol dependency and Alternative Futures Group, one of the UK’s largest health and social care charities, currently supporting around 1,200 people across the UK and employing over 2,500 staff.