Michael worked in further and higher education, as a cultural diplomat with the British Council, and as a charity director, commissioning editor and arts and educational consultant before embracing information technology. He was an early participant in the digital rights management market and spent several years promoting online projects in publishing and related sectors for the technology plc Business Systems Group, where clients included Extenza, Emerald Group Publishing, Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. Whilst at BSG he created and managed the first series of Technology Updates for the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).
In 2007 Michael set up i-Publishing Consultants Ltd, which provides both strategic consultancy and complete solutions, using its own resources and also working with communications, content management, online community and back office systems providers, to help organisations work more effectively and more interactively.
Michael is retained by the firm of chartered accountants PKF Littlejohn LLP to provide strategic marketing for its publishing business management system AVATAR, whose clients include Pen and Sword Books, Boydell and Brewer, AM Digital, Pluto Press and Hymns Ancient & Modern.
i-Publishing Consultants regularly gives presentations, manages seminars and organises workshops for clients and with partners. Michael has recently organised and chaired Round Tables and Think Tanks for senior industry professionals in the publishing and membership sectors.
Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (RSA) and a special adviser to the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA).