The Person Behind the Brand
Mike’s track record and accomplishments merit their own space. But the man behind the brand is an approachable people’s person and family man.
Mike was born in Shrewsbury to a dad with a busy career in oil and gas. He attended boarding school in the UK before gaining a taste of the wider world thanks to his father’s frequent overseas job postings. As a child, he lived in Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Muscat, Doha and Thailand among a string of other destinations – giving him a particularly broad and well-rounded worldview.
He later found himself back in the UK, where he attended Royal Shrewsbury School. Mike’s business acumen was obvious from his school days – where business studies particularly fascinated him. It’s almost cliché, but Monopoly is still his favourite board game – because he says it plays to his two key strengths: strategising and wealth management.
Mike studied at Birmingham University –manufacturing engineering and business studies. He met his wife Rebecca in the UK, and tied the knot in 2002. He is now the proud father of two beautiful children – Grace and Mike. Mike is currently attending Abberly School while Grace is already in Malvern College. His wife is forging her own path in interior design.
Mike was an ardent rower in school, but doesn’t find much opportunity to dip his oars in the waters of the Arabian Gulf while living in Dubai. When taking a few minutes away from a hectic career creating customer-centric success stories, he prefers somewhat more relaxing activities – such as spending time with the family. He likes travelling, and is ready to head out to new adventures with the family at the drop of a hat.
Mike’s father’s senior roles within the oil and gas industry had a lasting influence on him and foreshadowed his future. Fourteen years ago he happily returned to the Emirate of Dubai with his family when joining deVere and then returned to the UK in 2015. Back in 2017, Mike returned to Dubai and is now living the Expat life once more.
Mike is forever looking forward to new and exciting opportunities that lay ahead.