Michael is a retired solicitor whose practice specialised in international organised crime. He was previously Executive Chair of his law firm, Clarke Willmott LLP, where he led a key programme of strategic change. As well as extensive experience advising at board level, he has also been:
- Chair, CBI South West
- Chair, The Somerset Development Partnership
- Chair, the Board of Trustees of the Royal West of England Academy
He is a Governor and Chair of Audit & Risk at Arts University Bournemouth.