Starting out in the oil industry, Mike moved into IT in 1985 leading to a senior IT appointment in 1993 with Amec Engineering. At Amec Mike put together the strategies and delivered the systems to support major oil field developments in the North Sea for customers such as Shell, BP and Maersk.
Moving to the IT services sector in 1996, Mike joined SAIC, a US systems integration firm, and initially managed a business unit delivering IT services to energy sector customers such as BP, Elf, McDermotts and British Gas. Mike grew the business and improved profitability while introducing new services. While at SAIC Mike set up an e-commerce consultancy, participated in the creation of an IT joint venture with Scottish Power and managed a $100m turnover systems integration practice in the USA.
In 2005 Mike joined the Youth Justice Board as CIO to lead the Wiring Up Youth Justice programme. Independent reviews of Mikes work at the YJB by the Office of Government Commerce and industry observers such as CIO magazine (see link) point to an unusual degree of success, achieved very quickly and with limited funds.
Mike is established as an independent consultant taking on assignments advising on technology acquisitions and divestments, technology and organisational change programmes and interim CIO roles.