Mike is originally from the UK and moved to New Zealand in 1991. Married with 3 children, he spends time outside of work and family life learning to fly gliders, hitting things with sticks playing hockey for Canterbury Masters, and undertaking ridiculous endurance events very slowly.
He is Director of the Canterbury Respiratory Research Group, and Community Respiratory Physician in Christchurch. He has a long-standing interest in understanding the relationship between where people live and their health, especially air pollution and lung health.
Following the Christchurch Earthquakes, Mike developed an interest in understanding how healthcare systems respond to patients during flare-ups of the lung disease COPD, and how altering these responses can help people to be better looked after at home.