Mike was born in Hillsborough in Sheffield and has lived in and around the city for most of his life. He went to Nether Edge and then Abbeydale School (now demolished!) and did an economics degree at Manchester. He started his working life selling soap powder for Proctor & Gamble, but soon changed course, did a teaching certificate and joined the Workers Educational Association in the East Midlands. Later he spent 17 years at Sheffield City Polytechnic before leaving to work independently as a teacher, organisation developer and researcher.
As a founder member of the Manor Employment Project in 1980 he was very involved with local projects and businesses in Sheffield in the 1980s & ’90s. Since then he has worked more in other places and Cohesion Sheffield is an exciting new opportunity to re-engage and get to know the city as it is now.
Reflecting on and writing about what he does is an important aspect of his practice. He has written and co-authored books and papers on self-development, leadership, action learning and the learning organisation.