Mike was born in a large town, Barrow in Furness, in North-west England. After leaving school, he worked for a shipbuilding firm on warships, including Trident nuclear submarines as a production supervisor. Sixteen years later, he decided pursue a degree in English at Lancaster University, followed by a PGCE in Secondary Education.

Mike is married and has two sons, Jay and Carl; Jay has six children, two boys and four girls, making Mike a proud grandparent too. Outside of work, his interests include reading, art and writing short stories, song lyrics and poetry. Last year, he had an anthology of poetry published, co-written with an Indian poet. The book is called ‘Bones and Feathers‘, which they thought reflected their different writing styles, and were very pleased (and surprised) when it reached 25 on the Amazon best-seller list in the Poetry Anthology category.