Michael leads the executive team and he chairs the Board of the IOPC, which includes six non-executive directors. Michael is also supported by two Deputy Director Generals – the Deputy Director General (Operations) who leads an operational team including regional directors and a Director for Wales and the Deputy Director General (Strategy and Corporate Services) who is responsible for all of the IOPC’s non-operational functions.
Previously, Michael was Chief Executive of the London Borough of Harrow becoming the first District Chief Executive to make the jump straight to Chief Executive of a London Borough. While Michael was at the helm of Harrow Council, it made vast improvements in performance and financial position. This was recognised when Harrow won the ‘Best Achieving Council of the Year’ award at the MJ Awards.
Following the tragic events of Grenfell Tower in June 2017, Michael was asked by the Government Task Force to lead on the Recovery and Remediation work as well as acting as the main interface with the bereaved families, survivors and wider community.
Before this, Michael was Chief Executive of Elmbridge Borough Council for eight years. He left Elmbridge as an ‘excellent’ graded council (in the top five in the country), having been voted the best place to live in England.
Michael has also worked at the Local Government Association (LGA) as Executive Director for Local Government Finance and Policy. He led a team of specialists, advising the LGA Executive and lobbying central Government on a wide range of local government finance and policy issues.
A qualified CIPFA accountant with a background in audit and a wealth of experience across public and private sectors, Michael has worked in central Government at the National Audit Office and in the private sector at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has over 20 years’ senior level and Chief Executive experience in a number of roles within local government across the country.