Michael has extensive experience of EU institutions, policies and programmes, including in Regional Policy, Agriculture and Fisheries and EU Enlargement. He worked for the UK government for more than 25 years and is currently Head of EU Programmes at the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership. Michael and his team support local investment of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds, assisting businesses, universities and other partners to develop ERDF and ESF project ideas; promoting EU funded rural development programmes. He is involved in various European Transnational Co-operation programmes including the Interreg Europe HIGHER project.
As Head of European Programmes at the Government Office for the East of England, Michael worked on the 2000-06 and 2007-13 East of England Structural Fund programmes.
During the 1990s Michael led UK trade delegations to Central and Eastern Europe, including at the annual AgriBalt exhibition in Vilnius, supporting agri-food businesses to gain access to new and emerging markets. Between 2001 and 2003, Michael led an EU twinning project in Riga to assist with Latvia’s EU accession preparations.
Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Enterprise Partnership
Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough (GCGP) Enterprise Partnership is a private, not-for-profit company, funded by central and local government. GCGP is one of 38 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England. The LEPs were formed in 2011, following the abolition of a regional structure in England. They were set up as business-focused organisations with responsibility for tackling key barriers to growth, such as skills development, infrastructure and funding.
GCGP is a business- led, collaborative organisation, focused on helping to drive forward sustainable economic growth in a large area of the East of England, working with local businesses, education providers, community organisations and the public sector – all represented on our board of directors – to achieve this. Our area covers 15 local authorities, with a population of over 1.6 million, 760,000 jobs, more than 70,000 enterprises and a GVA of £38bn per annum. The local economy is built around two cities – Cambridge, which is home to one of the world’s great universities and an undisputed, premier, global brand; and Peterborough, one of the UK’s fastest growing cities.