Mike was born in West Brabourne, went to Brabourne School and the Norton Knatchbull School. He then went on to the University of East London and graduated as a Chartered Surveyor. Mike joined the Valuation Office of the Inland Revenue where he stayed for 11 years before moving into the private sector of valuation surveying where he stayed until his retirement in 2019. He has lived in the parish for over 50 years.
He first became involved with Brabourne Parish Council in the late 1980’s when there was a proposal to route the High Speed Rail Link from the Channel Tunnel to London between the village centre and the Village Hall. He was one of the founders of a protest group because the Parish Council at that time was sitting on the fence doing nothing. In 1988 there was a local election. Mike became chairman in July 2013.
As Mike was born and bred in Brabourne he says: “My love for the parish is inbred, it’s in the water and in my blood. My maternal ancestors moved to Brabourne in the mid 1800s and my paternal ancestors in the 1920s. Consequently I am passionate about the village, the landscape, the historic buildings and the quality of life the parish brings. My heart and soul are in the parish.”
“My vision for Brabourne is a small but steady growth of houses and small businesses in conjunction with our neighbouring parish of Smeeth. However, this should be in confined developments of up to 10 to 15 dwellings, re-use of redundant buildings and not be by mass building of large estates. We also need more Local Needs Housing for local people and their families but the biggest problem is finding a suitable site close to the village centre.”