Michael was born and spent his early years in Malaysia. He graduated from Durham University in Chinese followed by postgraduate studies in Japanese language, politics and economics at Nanzan University in Nagoya, after which he worked for Toyota Motor Corporation as an analyst.
Returning to the UK in 1988, Michael worked at the University of Bath as Director of the Foreign Languages Centre. In 2001, he returned to Asia as Director of INSEAD Executive Education in Singapore and subsequently joined the CCL Asia Pacific as Managing Director. In 2009 Michael took on the role of CEO, Roffey Park Institute (UK). In 2018 Michael joined the Human Capital Leadership Institute in Singapore as CEO in July 2018 before moving to setting up Expert Humans in April 2020.
The UK’s HR Magazine named Michael as one of the UK’s Most Influential Thinkers in HR in 2013 and 2016 and in 2020 Michael joined the UK-based FutureWork Forum as a Partner. Michael is a regular speaker, writer and moderator on humanising the workplace, new thinking in leadership development, the Future of Work and sustainability. He is the author of Expert Humans: Critical Leadership Skills for a Disrupted World which was recently published by Emerald.