Mike was appointed as a local governor at Academy 360 in November 2018 and is a teacher at the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, where he teaches French and German from Year 7 to A-Level. In addition to his teaching role, he is an experienced Head of Year, supporting students through pastoral and academic guidance, and undertakes regular training on all aspects of safeguarding and compliance issues, including specialist training in online safety and mental health first aid. Prior to his current post, Mike worked and studied in Cambridge, Paris and Normandy before returning to his native North East. He began his teaching career with a PGCE at Newcastle University and has nearly 20 years of teaching experience across the state and independent sectors. Growing up in Fulwell, he attended Monkwearmouth School; his son and daughter are now both at school within the Sunderland education system. He fully supports the Trust’s aims of improving the opportunities and life-chances of children and young people in the North East of England.