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Business Services, Digital, Government, Management Consulting, Not for Profit / Charity, Public Sector

About Mike

Strong leader with a proven track record of improving business performance in exec roles, ranging from £5m to £500m pa. Specific skills in strategy development & implementation, business growth and leadership.
Experienced Non-Exec Chair and NED since 2000. Particular experience in Industry 4.0; digitisation; journey of the North; political connectivity; Place making; listening; and diversity.

Mike's Career History

September 2018 - Ongoing

Non-Exec director - Telcom Group

Telecommunications and IT services company

September 2018 - Ongoing
North West England

Fellow of IN4.0

IN4.0 are an industry 4.0 training and consultancy provider, who are empowering startup businesses and small to medium enterprises to be at the forefront of this industrial and technological change.

November 2015 - January 2018

Head of Digital Government - BT

BT Public Sector - A focus based around using people and technology to improve operational performance, with a particular focus on large scale transformational change. It was achieved through an holistic understanding of each client’s people, challenges and opportunities. This led to a reduction in organisational complexity and improved performance.

April 2012 - Ongoing


Lowry Theatre

April 2011 - Ongoing


Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.

A Private/Public board developing the economic strategy for Greater Manchester. Works closely with private sector professional bodies to support business growth and place making.

January 2011 - September 2015

Vice President Strategy & Planning, BT Government & Health

BT Government & Health - Developed the strategy for the public sector market unit and provided leadership to influence and shape the market as it developed. Annual revenue of £1.8bn.

April 2007 - December 2010

Director BT Central Government & Home Affairs

P&L responsibility for Central Government sector in BT

January 2007 - January 2018
North West England

Chair of BT's NW regional board

BT Group - This role had pan BT responsibility to act as the lead person for BT in the NW. This meant meeting and keeping informed, the key opinion formers based in the NW, including politicians, Government civil servants and senior business people. In addition, it ensures that the aspirations and ambitions of the North West are communicated into BT Group.