Hi my name’s Mike and for the past 27 years I’ve worked in education, most recently in developing, managing and delivering award winning community based training programmes. As a qualified teacher I care passionately about helping young people learn and achieving their full potential.
As co-founder of two national award-winning accredited training providers I’ve helped address the needs of local people by providing quality and accessible learning opportunities. In many cases these have supported many of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of our community.
I’m a County and Borough Councillor, representing Great Yarmouth Nelson and Southtown and Central and Northgate. I’m currently Labour’s county Lead for Children and Young People and spokesperson for People and Communities – I previously stood as the Labour parliamentary candidate for Great Yarmouth in the 2017 and 2019 General Elections.
As an active community campaigner I’ve set up speed watch initiatives, litter picks, a youth club and fought to save schools, outdoor activity centres and Norfolk’s children’s centres.
I run a successful community gardening scheme and local allotment project – which supports local people back into employment and training. I’m also a keen volunteer and am a member of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service national selection committee.
In 2017 I was awarded an MBE for my work within education (which I subsequently returned) and in 2018 received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of West London.
I’m a proud Dad of a wonderful family, who loves living and working in Great Yarmouth. My interests include art, running (5 marathons and counting), football, film and architecture. I also present a weekly show on Harbour Radio FM – ‘Mike’s Miscellany’ which enables me to indulge in my passion for Indie music.