Michael is a well-known figure in the North East. In addition to establishing one of the biggest and longest-standing independent estate agencies, he is a real champion in the community. He is Chair of Trustees for Teesside Family Foundation; a charity that works to alleviate poverty and help those in need through ill health, disability or financial hardship. He is also a board member for 5 Lamps – an organisation that aims to transform the lives of individuals and families by helping them to find work, start up a business and generally improving aspiration among young people in the area. He is the Chair of Trustees for Greatham Hospital of God and a Magistrate and Deputy Bench Chairman for Teesside Magistrates Court.