Mike graduated in metallurgy from Aston University in 1970 and studied for a PhD at Birmingham University before returning to his roots in the steel industry.
After several years in research and development there he embarked on a series of functional and general management roles in the advanced metals and manufacturing sector. This gained him invaluable experience in the forging and casting of a wide range of metals; including steel, stainless steel, nickel alloys and titanium alloys.
Latterly he has spent a number of years on new product development both at home and overseas. These developments in engineering businesses were either direct company funded or through part funding support from European Union sources.
Mike has a long term association with Beta Technology having worked on establishing and developing Centres of Excellence for Metals (NAMTEC) and Low Carbon and Fuel Cell Technologies (CENEX), amongst others.