A graduate in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College London, Mike started his career working for WS Atkins as a Mechanical Engineer and then worked for GKN in the UK and France for 2 years, culminating in a role as Project Manager for the Airbus A380 Freighter Trailing Edge programme.
Mike left GKN and founded MD Property Development Ltd in 2007 with the aim of building high quality, cost effective and environmentally friendly developments.
Born and brought up in Huddersfield, Mike is a keen adventurer who spent most of his teenage years in the Yorkshire Dales developing a passion for the mountains and outdoors that has stayed with him. As a university student he spent as much free time as possible travelling throughout the world, including South and Central America, Egypt and the Mediterranean.
Following A-levels Mike took part in a 10-week expedition to Southern Chile helping with various projects including working in a home for abused girls, conservation work and working on building projects in a remote community.
During the summer of both 2001 and 2003, Mike and Simon climbed together in the Chamonix valley, France. This involved both mixed and rock climbing and was a period in which Simon and Mike learned how to deal with the eccentricities of each others characters, as well as their technical strengths and weaknesses.
Whilst at university in London Mike joined the Officer’s Training Corps, OTC, which is where he first met Tim. Sadly Tim was a Territorial Army Physical Training Instructor (PTI) who took great pleasure in the physical torture of his fellow officers, a fact which lead Mike to develop a deep loathing for Tim which endures to this day.
In June 2002 Mike and Simon organised an Imperial College expedition to Mt McKinley, the highest peak in North America. The team successfully reached the summit on June 28th. On their return Mike presented at the Royal Geographical Societies ‘Explore 2002’ seminar which endeavours to encourage young explorers on their adventures.
In 2003, after 3 failed attempts due to bad weather, Mike finally managed to summit Mont Blanc as part of a traverse of the Mont Blanc Massif which took approximately 21 hours. The success of the trip was made all the more memorable as it was Mike’s friend and climbing partner Oli’s first trip to the Alps.
Mike organised and acted as expedition leader on an expedition to climb Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. Mount Elbrus is in the Caucasus Mountains, Southern Russia, which meant that the logistics of organising the expedition proved to be considerably more difficult than the climb itself.
Mike lead a team in the 2006 Polar Challenge, a competitive race to the 1996 location of the Magnetic North Pole.
The team won the race covering the 350 nautical miles to the Pole in 11 days and 15 hours to finish 15 hours ahead of the next team raising £12,000 for the Laura Crane Trust to continue the charities work.
Unfortunately, the 41st OMM experienced some of the worst weather conditions in its history, and after completing the first day, the race was called off.