Michael is a strategic leader on place, environment, spatial planning and public health, and is a chartered town planner and honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health.

He has initiated and led programmes on spatial planning and health including at the Town and Country Planning Association from 2009 to 2019 and currently at the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (formerly Public Health England) since 2019, which includes writing guidance to support policy development and implementation and working across government departments, agencies and stakeholders.

To maximise impact across the sectors and workforce, he co-founded the Health and Wellbeing in Planning Network in 2018, is a Visiting Fellow at the University of the West of England WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Urban Environments, part of the 2021 cohort of the Urban Land Institute’s Health Leaders Network, and Trustee of the Quality of Life Foundation.