Mike is the Senior Consultant for AMT-I, the commercial arm of a national membership organisation and ‘voice’ of rural localities, Action for Market Towns. Having worked in both the research and regeneration sectors separately, Mike combined his two great passions in 2008 and has developed a nationally known suite of products and services entitled Town Centre Solutions. Town Centre Solutions include economic performance reviews, visitor research, footfall counts, signage audits and mystery shopping. Mike is also vastly experienced in measuring the outputs and outcomes of private and public sector initiatives. In his spare time, Mike teaches A Level History and Geography at Milton Keynes College.
A seasoned researcher, Mike led a national research project on Neighbourhood Councils and applying Community Planning in Urban Areas. This project spanned two years (2009-2011) and produced a national report based on research into “Understanding Economic Resilience of Market Towns (2009)”, commissioned by the Council for Rural Communities. Mike has a wealth of experience in regeneration through partnerships, one such example being the creation and delivery of a Town Centre Partnership “Southam First” to help regenerate the small Warwickshire town, along with an impressive track record in delivering Community Consultation Workshops such as those supporting the “Towns Alive” project in East Riding of Yorkshire, Buckinghamshire and Somerset and Avon.
In addition to an already outstanding set of achievements, since 2008 Mike has been, and remains, responsible for managing and delivering the Town Benchmarking System across over 100 towns in England and Wales. Evidence from Town Benchmarking has attracted millions of pounds worth of funding to help regenerate localities.
PGCE (Post Compulsory) Oxford Brookes University (2011
MA History: Open University (2008)
Post Graduate Certificate in Social Sciences: Open University (2006)
BA Hons Geography and History: Staffordshire University (1997)
“AMT’s expertise has been invaluable to Cheshire East Council. Their staffs’ attitude and flexibility to working with us has been extremely helpful and supportive and we look forward to continuing to work with AMT as our Sustainable Towns work develops.” (Jez Goodman, Economic Development Manager, Cheshire East Council)