Born and bred in Cardiff, Michael has worked in finance for the Ministry of Defence, in economic development for the Welsh Assembly, and in communications for the Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, EADS and several other public and private sector organisations.
He was educated at Clifton College, Bristol - winning an academic scholarship to attend the prestigious private school. Following this, he read Politics and Economics at Cardiff University, specialising in policy-making throughout the EU. The current economic climate means that these skills are particularly relevant when seeking to understand what steps European countries are taking - or should take - in order to return speedily to sustainable growth.
More recently, Michael has qualified in the law through Coleg Glan Hafren (now Cardiff and Vale College) and has further legal qualifications from Cardiff Law School.
Long a campaigner for local improvements, Michael got involved in local politics from a young age - having seen at first hand the impact that 'Reaganomics' had on South Wales. This experience instilled in him a strong sense of natural social justice.