Mike was appointed to the Trust Board in 2013. He is Pro Vice Chancellor for the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Architecture and Design at Victoria University of Wellington. Graduating with a first–class natural science degree from Cambridge University in 1980, Mike was awarded a PhD in Physics in 1984 after carrying out research with the Radio Astronomy Group at the Cavendish Laboratory. He was made Lecturer in Applied Mathematics and was subsequently promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Applied Mathematics before becoming Head of the School of Mathematics at the University of Leeds in 2001. In 2005, he was appointed as Dean for the Faculty of Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University of Leeds before joining Victoria University.