Michael, history graduate and former solicitor, joined Scottish Borders Council following a by-election in 2002. From 2003 to 2007 he was Depute Leader of the Council, and became COSLA’s spokesperson for Strategic Human Resource Management from 2007 to 2012. Michael was elected Vice President of COSLA in June 2012.

Council and COSLA responsibilities keep Michael busy but what spare time he has is spent keeping poultry, walking, reading and listening to music.

Michael is passionate about Berwickshire and the Borders and is associated with a variety of groups and bodies in the area. Michael lives on Lamberton Moor with his wife, Joany, and their daughter, Catriona.