During his term of office, like many Colleges, HRC has been through good times, challenging times, times of huge capital availability followed by reduced income through cuts, educational policy change and continuous Government interference.
Mike has extensive private sector experience having been the International Director of several worldwide logistics companies. He has also been involved, as a private consultant, in several and varied projects for private companies both in physical distribution solutions and operation flow environments.
Mike has also been a Councillor for 24 years, 6 years as Leader of East Herts. Council. He retired from the Council in May 2015 and retired a year later from the Local Government Association where he had been a National Member Peer in both Planning and Leadership.
He is a hugely experienced practitioner in facilitation, training, mentoring, leadership and overall organisational /strategic reviews all done in the format of the “Family Friend”.
Mike believes the practice of this sort of support and guidance, developed in the Local Government family, should be no different across the whole FE and Sixth Form College environment, with the promotion of teamwork applying at all levels and between levels, it is an essential platform for successful Colleges and Sector.
The principles of difference between management and governance however remain distinct and transparent in every case.
The work has been translated into practical cases as an NLG, at both SEEVIC and New College Stamford.