Since January 2019 Mike has represented the South East Colleges on the Governors Council. Prior to that he represented Landex colleges on the Council from 2010-2016. He has been a Board Member of the Association of South East Colleges (AoSEC) since 2004.
Mike has been a Governor at Plumpton College, a land-based college in Sussex, since 2002, including 5 years (2006-11) as Chair of the Corporation. Since then he has been re-appointed as Governor on an annual basis. He is currently Chair of the College’s Audit Committee.
Mike is a qualified management accountant. He joined the Civil Service in 1977 as a direct entry Principal, and spent 4 years in HM Treasury, 10 years in the Department of Energy and 10 years in the DTI in a range of privatisation policy and funding allocation/control posts. He served as Chairman of British Coal (1997-2000) and as a non-executive director of British Shipbuilders (1998-2001); he was also a Trustee of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme from 1995 to 2000.
Outside the public sector, Mike was a non-executive director of Anglo Pacific Group plc, a FTSE mining company, from 2006 to 2014, including membership of the Audit Committee throughout this period and 3 years as Senior Independent Director. He has also since 2005 been a Governor and subsequently also a Trustee of the Chailey Heritage Foundation, a Sussex-based charity that provides education and care for severely disabled children; he has chaired the Governors Finance Committee there since 2007.