Mike was born in St Helens and, as part of a “Pilks” family, spent some of his early life in Kirk Sandall, Doncaster. On his return to Eccleston he attended secondary school in Prescot before completing his degree at Bangor University.
He went on to train as a social worker and has an M.Sc in Social Service management from Lancaster University. Having worked for both Buckinghamshire and Lancashire Mike concluded his career as Assistant Director for Adult Care in North Yorkshire.
Mike is the Mental Health Ambassador for the Saints Community Development Foundation and has followed the ups and downs of Saints for too many years. His other active sport is cricket and he is the president of his local club.
He is keen to use the benefits of books and writing in community support initiatives. He has been an active member of book groups for many years and enjoys the opportunity these give to read new and varied books.