Michael has worked in international development for 30 years, with a particular focus on fighting poverty through trade. He joined the Fairtrade Foundation in 2009 as deputy executive director, before becoming chief executive in 2012.

Prior to this, he spent eight years as director of policy at Traidcraft, where he led their public policy programme on issues including ACP-EU trade relations and UK Company Law reform.

Michael is an elected member of the global Fairtrade executive team, he also sits on the UK government’s strategic trade advisory group.

Michael lives in Suffolk with his wife and two children.