Michael graduated from Manchester in 1993, studying Psychology (BSc) before moving on to Leeds to complete a PGCE in ICT. He was Head of ICT in York for nine years where he met his wife Nathalie before moving to Harrow International School in Thailand as Head of House. In 2010, Michael and his family moved to the Netherlands, joining the British School in Amsterdam as Secondary School Headteacher.
Michael completed an MBA from Keele in 2013 and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a keen sportsman and has a passion for skiing. He has two children who attend the PBIS.