Mike has recently retired from a full time career in education. Born in Sunderland and a former pupil at Bede Grammar School he trained as a teacher at Bede College in Durham between 1973 and 1976. He began his teaching career in the London Borough of Ealing and then worked in schools in Wembley and Buckinghamshire until returning to Sunderland with his family in 1989.
He took up the post of Deputy Headteacher at Hylton Castle Primary School and worked as the Headteacher of that school between 1994 and 2003. He remembers the opportunity to work in close partnership with Castle View Comprehensive, as it then was, and with the other feeder primary schools in North West Sunderland as one of the most rewarding periods of his career.
Between 2003 and 2012 Mike worked within the local authority School Improvement team supporting and challenging schools across the city. He is an accredited School Improvement Partner and successfully trained as an Ofsted Inspector. He currently sits on the National Executive Council of the ASPECT Union for School Improvement Professionals. In 2009 he was seconded from the local authority to work as the Acting Headteacher at Hylton Red House Primary supporting the school as it moved out of Special Measures. He maintained the contact with schools in North West Sunderland by fulfilling the role of Interim Associate Headteacher at Bexhill Academy during 2013. He is very much looking forward to continuing this link as a governor, supporting and challenging the excellent work of the Castle View Enterprise Academy.