I was born in Norwich and have lived, schooled, and been around this part of East Anglia all my life. My career in film and TV production took me to London, but even when living and working there, my parents still lived in Toftwood, my relatives in Mattishall, Gressenhall and Suffolk, and consequently I spent a great deal of time in this special part of Norfolk. I have now lived permanently in Mattishall since 2005.
Why did I stand as a Parish Councillor? Time has become one of the most important commodities that people now have. I know from previous charitable work that people with busy lives are more prepared to give money than time. So in early Summer 2015, when there were four vacancies on the nine member Parish Council, I decided to give my time.
The time is right for our community to take a fresh approach to how we provide and care for our ageing population, but also as to how we provide affordable housing for our young who are the future of our village.
Mike is an active supporter of the Mattishall Youth Club, a member of the Neighbourhood Plan Delivery and Monitoring Group, and regularly attends meetings relating to the Norwich Western Link and A47 dualling projects.