Based in Cheshire Mike graduated with a degree in Geography and continued in full time academic research for a Master of Philosophy degree in Historical Geography. This involved considerable original research into early modern manorial records, estate terriers and enclosure awards, plans and apportionments; laying an academic foundation for documentary research into public rights of way cases.

Leaving academia Mike worked as a countryside ranger and countryside manager firstly in the Yorkshire Pennines and then Cheshire before moving into public rights of way work in the early 90s. Mike has been a leading practitioner developing effective enforcement techniques and regularly leads training courses on enforcement and associated professional disciplines for the Institute of Public Rights of Way and Access Management.

As well as savouring real ale in country pubs Mike’s interests include mountain biking, hill walking, mountaineering and paddling a Canadian canoe. Together with his professional background this eclectic variety of outdoor interests provides a thorough and deep understanding of the countryside access business.