Michael’s background is finance – he is a fellow member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (FMAAT) – and fundraising in the voluntary sector, for which he gained the Certificate in Fundraising (MInstF(Cert)).

He has also worked in aid organisations, mental health and peer support.  After a brief spell in local authority, Michael co-founded Our Community Enterprise, and moved into an employee-owned CIC. In recent years, he has been a volunteer director of MaidEnergy and Reading Hydro, helping deliver locally-owned action on climate change through renewable energy generation, and is now a community shares practitioner.