He has worked in the affordable housing sector since 1997, having previously worked for Flagship Housing Group and Anglia Housing Group. Previously Michael worked as a Chartered Surveyor in private practice in London, working for both Richard Ellis and Savills.
In 2013-14 he was the Global President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Previously held positions within the RICS include Vice Chair of the Global Management Board and Chair of the Communications Board, Public Affairs Committee and the UK Residential Policy Panel.
Michael is a Professional Member of the RICS Standards and Regulation Board, which sets practice standards and regulates chartered surveyors worldwide. Working with the Economic and Social Research Council, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Michael chaired an initiative to establish the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence, which was launched in 2017, and now sits on its International Advisory Board.
He is a Visiting Fellow and Chair of the Real Estate and Land Management Advisory Board at the Royal Agricultural University. He is also the Chair of the Surveying Professional Advisory Board at Portsmouth University, where he studied 30 years ago, and which awarded him with an Honorary Doctor of Science in 2015 for services to both housing and also real estate education.
Away from housing, Michael is the Chair of the Theatre Royal (Norwich) Trust, an educational charity running the 1300-seater art deco theatre in Norwich city centre, as well as the 300-seater Norwich Playhouse and an educational facility called Stage Two.