Michael came to prominence in 2004 when he became Britain's first black Chief Constable. He served as Chief Constable of Kent Police from January 2004 until March 2010. As Chief Constable, Michael successfully led the Force response to the Calais migration crisis and to the Channel Tunnel fire. He worked with European police forces to counter Islamist radicalisation and avert terrorist incidents. Michael also led the police response to 'Britain's biggest cash robbery', which took place at the Securitas depot in Kent and he was instrumental in the successful prosecution of the key criminals.
By the time Michael retired, Kent had 263 more officers and crime had been reduced by 22%. He won awards for his management of diversity from the National Black Police Association and Personnel Today and his Kent Police reached 4th place in the national Stonewall Gay Friendly Employers' Index. Under his leadership, Kent was highlighted by Her Majesty's Police Inspectorate as one of the most improved police forces within England and Wales.
Michael joined the Metropolitan Police Service as a cadet at the age of 16 and served in some of the most demanding Uniformed and Detective roles throughout London, including many years at New Scotland Yard. He was instrumental in setting up the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force and wrote the Met Police Action Plan in response to criticism arising from the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. Michael also set up and commanded the Operation Trident command unit, which successfully reduced gun crime in London and oversaw numerous high profile murder investigations. He had a long and distinguished police career over 34 years and on retiring was awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM).
Having qualified as a Barrister while serving as a Chief Constable, in 2010 Michael was appointed as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service. In this role he was responsible for inspecting the performance of both the Crown Prosecution Service and the Serious Fraud Office. He reported directly to the Attorney General and Parliament. He retired from this position in 2015.
Throughout his career Michael has maintained a strong commitment to self-development and he holds several various academic qualifications including a BA (Hons) degree in Social Psychology; Postgraduate diplomas in Law, Marketing and Criminology; Master's Degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Legal Practice (LLM), most of which he studied for in his own time.
Michael has inspired and captivated audiences through giving a candid insight into his leadership journey during his distinguished police career. He outlines how, having come from humble beginnings, he overcame setbacks and adversity as he rose through the ranks to the very top of the police service and became Britain's First Black Chief Constable.
Adversity, Change, Diversity & Equality, Leadership, Teamwork