Sir Michael has been a front-line pilot with experience of flying over 100 different types of aircraft. After service on the Air Force Board and as the UK's Military Representative to NATO, he retired as an Air Chief Marshal, but reverted to Flying Officer to help with ATC and CCF training. In 2001 he was appointed an Honorary Air Commodore in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. Thus he has the unusual distinction of holding three different ranks on the same Air Force List.
Since retirement he has been heavily involved in the fields of healthcare, education, sport, charities and the aerospace industry. He has been Chairman of Cobham plc, the Page Group and Cranfield Aerospace Ltd. Chairman and President of The Air League, President of the Royal International Air Tattoo, Chairman of the RAF Charitable Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Liveryman of the Guild of Air Pilots & Air Navigators and Patron of the Guild of Aviation Artists are but a few of the positions he has held.
Sir Michael has a passion for Rugby Football and played for 32 years in various second rows around the world. He served for over 18 years as an administrator, at Service & National level. He was an Executive Committee member of the Rugby Football Union, and is now a Privilege Member of the Union.
Sir Michael has also been heavily involved in the campaign to restore to flight the last Vulcan bomber and is Chairman of the "Vulcan to the Sky Trust". He is also Chairman of the Exmoor Calvert Trust, which helps people with all types of disability to experience a variety of challenging activities in the countryside.
Sir Michael lists writing, public speaking, music, current affairs and travel among his other interests. He and his wife Pat now live on the North Coast of Devon.