Michael is an award winning landscape architect, architect, artist, jeweller and writer. He studied at Plymouth Art College, Plymouth Polytechnic, and Sheffield University, and worked both in local government and private practice. He was the founding President of the European Foundation for Landscape Architecture, Vice President of the Landscape Institute and Chairman of its Education Committee for several years.
In 2001 he moved to the French Alps where, whilst still engaging in a number of professional activities, he consecrated more time to sporting interests including paragliding, skiing and climbing. He is an experienced mountaineer who has climbed extensively in the Massif du Mont Blanc, as well being an experienced sailor having participated in regattas such as the Fastnet and the Swan Rolex Cup.
In October 2014, Michael was invited to receive an honorary membership of the International Federation of Landscape Architects Europe. The award was presented by the General Assembly on the occasion of their 25th anniversary.