Mike was born in Sunderland in 1949 and attended St Aidan’s Grammar School. After leaving school he worked as a Professional Musician for many years but subsequently diversified his career gaining employment as a Foreign Exchange cashier and then as a Foreign Exchange Manager for Thomas Cook Ltd. After leaving Thomas Cooks he went to work for John Nixon Plant Hire as Group Credit Manager where he remained until taking early retirement in 2009.
Mike is married to Margaret and they have three daughters, six grand children and two great grand children all of whom play an important part in their lives.
Mike’s main interest apart from his family and freemasonry is playing lawn bowls in which he has achieved some success having won several major championships and having represented Durham County over 90 times.
Mike’s Masonic career began in 1987 when he was initiated into The Lodge of Harmony 4224. He has been Master of the Lodge twice in 1993 and 1996 and has been the Lodge’s Director of Ceremonies since 2000. He was appointed to Provincial Grand Lodge in 2000 with the rank of Acting Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and received further promotions to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 2001 and Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2012. He was also appointed as Provincial Deputy Grand Secretary in 2012, a position which he continues to hold. Mike was also honoured by Grand Lodge in 2015 with the rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
In the Royal Arch Mike was exalted into Amity Royal Arch Chapter in 1988 and was the First Principal in 1999 and subsequently served as director of ceremonies until the Chapter’s amalgamation with Londonderry Chapter in 2011.
Mike was appointed to Provincial Grand Chapter in 2004 with the rank of Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer and promoted to Past Provincial Grand Scribe N in 2008. He has also held the position of Provincial Grand Janitor from 2010 to 2018. He was further honoured by Supreme Grand Chapter in 2016 with the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer.
In the Mark Degree Mike was advanced into Bede Mark Lodge 605 in 1988 and has served as Master in 2000 and 2001. He was appointed to Provincial Grand Lodge in 2004 with the rank of Past Provincial Grand Registrar and appointed as Acting Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 2006. He was appointed as Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2010 and promoted to Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2013, a position he has held until his appointment as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2018. Mike has also been honoured by Grand Mark Lodge with the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer in 2010 and promoted to Past Grand Junior Deacon in 2015.
In the Royal Ark Mariner Degree, Mike was elevated into Bede Royal Ark Mariner Lodge in 2010 and was Commander of the lodge in 2014 and 2015. He was appointed to Provincial Grand Rank in 2016.