Mike studied Engineering at Cambridge University and went on to work as a Civil Engineer, mainly on road construction until the 1980s, when he switched to the other aspect of the construction industry, buildings. He was working for contractors and rose through the ranks to director level of the construction subsidiary of a major contractor. For a number of years he was responsible for construction projects in and around the City of London, and fortunately most of those buildings still exist! After over thirty years working for contractors he switched to become a ‘client’ overseeing at director level a range of projects for one of the London Boroughs including about £500m worth of school buildings. Over time he was given additional responsibilities including Regeneration, Town Planning and even School Admissions for a period of time.
Now retired, in addition to a variety of pastimes, he sits on the Guildford Diocesan Board of Education, which oversees Church of England schools in the diocese, as well as spending a significant amount of his time with the Worshipful Company of Cutlers. A family connection goes back to his three greats grandfather who became an Apprentice Cutler in 1813, and rose to be Master in 1850 and 1851. Mike has been involved in many Committees since joining the Court in 2005, including the (main management) Committee, the Charities Committee, both of which he has served on for many years, and the HR Committee which he has chaired for the last seven years. He served as Master in 2009-10 and is fortunate to have an opportunity to serve again following another member of the Court having to step aside after a change in their personal circumstances.
At Cambridge Mike rowed pretty seriously, but not at the highest level, but gave up a few years after graduating when he could not put in enough time to prevent himself from becoming progressively less fit, and progressively worse at rowing! Since then he has been a very regular skier, particularly since buying an apartment in the French Alps, and now spends as much of the winter as other activities (and Covid!) allow, out in the snow. His daughter and son, who started skiing when very young, of course became much better than him in their early teens, but fortunately he probably still has the edge on his wife Claire.
More recently he has played golf quite regularly, which he took up after a 15 year gap prior to retirement, only having dabbled at it prior to then. Although he enjoys it he has a very high handicap! Other activities include regular walking, including in the Alps in summer, and gardening, which seems to take an increasing amount of time. In the last few years he and Claire have also spent quite a bit of time travelling around the world, trying to catch up with their much more widely travelled children, but this was of course much curtailed by Covid.
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Ian is a Consultant Neurosurgeon, formally at Barts Health, but after 38 years in the NHS he is now in full time private practice at the Wellington Hospital in St John’s Wood. He joined the Cutlers’ Company in 2015, initially to assist in judging the Surgical Award Prize, and the Surgical Fellowship, which attract applicants from around the country. He is a member of the Wine Committee, having passed the WSET Diploma of Wines in 2021, and the Charity Committee, with previous experience as a trustee of two other charities which support surgical research in England and Wales.
Ian was born in Nottingham, spent his early childhood in Trinidad and then his school years in Essex, before moving north of the border for medical school. After eight years in Dundee, his surgical training brought him to Barts Hospital, subsequently passing the Fellowship examinations of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of England. He was the Neurosurgical Tutor to the College in London for 10 years, a member of the Court of Examiners, and of the Specialist Advisory Committee for neurosurgery. His neurosurgical training was at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square, and the Department of Surgical Neurology in Edinburgh, with a period of research in the Institute of Neurology before his consultant appointment to Barts in 1992. Although his training covered the full spectrum of neurosurgery, his main clinical interests now are in skull base surgery and gamma knife radiosurgery.
At university, Ian’s main sport was target rifle shooting. He was captain of the rifle team and shot for Angus County, and for Scottish Universities. He has now swapped his rifle for golf clubs with which he is woefully inaccurate, but he remains a member of the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club in Deal. He is a long time Spurs supporter, but no longer a season ticket holder since moving to Deal.
He rode motorcycles for many years, both on track and around London, and provided medical cover for the British Superbike Series. Until last year he was also involved as a concussion specialist for the NFL during their London events at Wembley, Twickenham, and White Hart Lane.
Ian’s other interests include classical guitar, recently returning to guitar lessons after a gap of several decades, and wine, sometimes together. He is married to Sarah, a former hospital CEO, and they live by the sea in Deal, having shaken the dust of London off their boots three years ago.