Mike joined Staffordshire Police in 1983 and worked in North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent for over 20 years. He worked in uniform on the beat, and in many other policing roles including murder investigations. This range of experiences has given him a good understanding of the local population and economy and the pressures faced across public services in the local area. In 2005, Mike was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in Merseyside Police as Head of Performance and also worked as an Operations Commander in the Knowsley area.
In 2010 Mike was seconded as Chief Superintendent to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the government's scrutiny body for the police service of England and Wales. During his time at HMIC, Mike carried out national inspections of police forces to assess Value for Money, police integrity, efficiency and effectiveness as well as how the police treat vulnerable people and communities. He retired from policing in 2013, although still undertakes some contract work with HMIC.
Mike joined North Staffordshire CCG as a lay member in January 2017.