Michael has over 35 years of professional experience in tourism, cultural heritage, the arts and education, in Ireland and internationally. Michael’s work encompasses strategic and business planning, marketing, market research, economic analysis, and project review and management.
He has been closely involved with the Titanic Belfast project since 2004, first assembling and leading the team that originally devised it, then acting as project coordinator through the detailed design planning, funding, operations planning, and pre-opening operations stages. His involvement continues as a member of the Titanic Belfast Executive Steering Group.
Michael studied economics at Trinity College Dublin, holds a post-graduate degree in law and is a fellow, and past-President, of the IMCA. From 2003-2005 he was president of the Irish Exporters Association and he is currently Chairman of the Board of Governors of Glenstal Abbey School.