Mike qualified in Medicine in Nottingham, and was a GP principal in Hampshire before moving into Public Health Medicine. Having achieved MSc with Distinction at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he joined Portsmouth and South East Hampshire Health Authority, holding the joint posts of Deputy Director of Public Health, and Medical Adviser. He has since held a series of senior clinical leadership roles in national organisations in both the public and private sector, including as Chief Operating Officer at NHS Direct, and then as Chief Operating Officer for Serco’s Health Division.