Ward Member for Nevill Ward in Harborough District Council
Michael was first elected in 2015. After a year, the then Leader elevated him to the Executive Committee of the Council. and recognising his area of expertise gave him the Wellbeing and Localities Portfoliuo, which included physical health strategy.
Re-elected in May 2018 with an enhanced majority, the new leader of the council expanded Michael's Portfolio to cover Community Safety as Lead Member.. Within this role he is deputy chair of both the Police & Crime Panel and the LSCSB.
He is passionate about the countryside and healthy activity, sees protection of our heritage as a vital part of the Local Plan Executive Advisory Committee on which he sits, and supports the desperate need for every village in the district to have more 2 bedroom houses for first time buyers and allowing downsizing rather than leaving the villages.
Born in Acton, London with Welsh/Irish parentage, Michael has three siblings, David, Alan (sadly deceased) and Sheila.
A great deal of his childhood was spent in choirs, madrigals and solo performances with Covent Garden and the Royal Albert Hall amongst the venues.
Grammar school educated, he had several jobs before finding his vocation in tennis.
Michael is an LTA Master Club Tennis Coach, the top level in the Association, he was Head Coach at the Vanderbilt Indoor Tennis Centre in Shepherds Bush and Sheen LTC where he produced many county juniors.
A chance meeting with a lady called Pat Menon led to him forming a partnership and opening a specialist Racquet Shop. Pat’s husband, Remy recognised as the foremost racquet stringer in the world, had passed away the year before.Many famous players sort to seek Michael and Pat’s skills included Connors, McEnroe, Edberg, Cash, Smith, Evert, Navratilova, Graf, and many many more, and the pair were soon seen as the pre-eminent racquet stringers in the world. In fact in one year they strung all the Wimbledon champions’ racquets. The US Open, World Doubles, Queens, Nottingham Open, Benson & Hedges, Federation Cup, Wightman and Davis Cups all benefitted from their ability, and the stream of famous names that beat a path to their door was endless.
Some 30 years ago he moved his mother to Medbourne for her health reasons, gave up teaching for a short while to look after her, but very soon news of his presence resulted in being asked to run the coaching at the village tennis club.
He then also perceived a need to expand the clubhouse for the future of the junior and senior members, and leading a small team, raised in the region of £200,000 over 13 years. Gaining a grant from HDC Community Grant Fund allowed him to also start a Seniors Lunch Club at the Sports Club where once a month between 30 and 40 over 60’s enjoy a lunch and a social.
Besides tennis his other love is horses, breeding then whilst educating several youngsters, who have has competed in Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping. He is a BHSAI teaching riding, is a Pony Club Examiner, a qualified masseur and a commentator.
In 2018 he organised a black-tie Ball which raised £10,500 for Pancreatic Cancer which had claimed the life of his brother.