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Michael has lived part-time in Shaftesbury since 1995 but has now retired here. He has many family links in Dorset, but spent his childhood in Warwickshire where his family farmed.
Educated in Yorkshire then the University of Sussex, he joined the civil service, working primarily on overseas development but also serving as a diplomat at the United Nations and as private secretary to two prime ministers.
Later, he was chief executive of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for a decade, then Director of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts from 1995 to 2006.
Michael’s American wife Beverley qualified as a teacher before moving to England where for many years she has taught as a volunteer and served as a trustee in charities working with special needs children, particularly in literacy.
Locally, they volunteer with the Tourist Information Centre, Arts Centre, and Community Pool; they play golf and tennis and are active members of St Peter’s church. They keep strong links with the USA, where their daughter and family live in addition to all Beverley’s family.