As Senior Partner of Kingston Smith, Sir Michael is responsible for the management of the firm and he maintains a varied client commitment, including professional practices, offering business advice and aiding negotiations.
Sir Michael leads the firm in providing a framework within which Kingston Smith’s Partners and staff can flourish and deliver ‘service beyond expectation’ to all its clients.
He trained and qualified with the firm, having joined in 1968. He became Senior Partner of Kingston Smith in 1990, having worked for 11 years prior to this as Managing Partner.
Considerably involved in public and voluntary work, Michael is Common Councilman for the City of London, in addition to being a member and former Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee (the Leader), member of the Finance Committee and Chairman of two other City of London Corporation Committees. He also serves as Governor of the City of London School for Girls; Vice-Chairman of Governors of Brentwood School; Chairman of London Business Loans (Wholesale) Ltd; and Chairman of the Government’s Professional and Business Services Group which advises Ministers and senior civil servants on economic, business and regulatory issues affecting the largest industry sector in the UK.
He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Directors and the Royal Society of Arts; Chairman of the Association of Practising Accountants; Member of the Securities Institute; and a Member of Group A firms. He is also a past Master of the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers, and Master of the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers, as well as a patron of Just Share.
In his spare time, he enjoys music, gardening, inland waterways and narrow boating.