Former Director General, International and Immigration Policy Group, Home Office
Policy Leaders Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy
Mike studied law at Cambridge University, and following a brief period teaching law in the United States he joined the Diplomatic Service in 1984. In the 1980s he served in the British Embassy in Moscow as the Scientific Attaché. He was later posted to Geneva and New York in the disarmament teams of the UK Missions to the United Nations. He participated in the negotiations which concluded the Chemical Weapons Convention, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and the indefinite extension of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. He also served at home in a number of posts including as Principal Private Secretary to Sir David Spedding and Sir Richard Dearlove in the late 1990s.
On return to London from the UK Mission in New York in 2003 Mike moved to be the Principal Private Secretary to Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, at the time when the major constitutional reforms were being introduced. He became Director of Strategy and Communications in the Department for Constitutional Affairs in 2006/07 and was in charge of negotiations leading to the setting up of the Ministry of Justice in April 2007.
Mike was appointed as the first Director General for Climate Change at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 2007, taking his team to the Department of Energy and Climate Change when that was set up as a new Department, and then spending time on secondment to National Grid. His last role before the Home Office was as Director General for the Green Economy, Finance and Corporate Services at Defra.
Mike left the civil service to March 2015.