Michael was elected to the Council as a Trustee in 2020, and is the designated Head of the Operations Committee.
As the liaison between the Council and the proprietors of the coffee shop, Michael co-ordinates the re-arrangements required during Covid restrictions. He helps the Chairman during the regular concert series and will continue to be the link for the day-to-day operation of activities within the Church.
In addition, as assistant Tower Constable, Michael undertakes regular guided tours of St Peter’s tower and is on hand to raise and lower flags, wind the clock, and help with other tower duties.
Michael is particularly interested in the history of Marlborough and is eager to bring to wider attention the town’s significant events through the activities of the Trust and the use of the Church for the benefit of the community and tourists.
Married to a Canadian in Salisbury Cathedral in 1967, Michael and Rosamund have owned a house in Marlborough since 1981, where they have lived whenever Service and other duties have allowed. Together they have enjoyed much foreign travel by land, sea and air, are social bridge players and own 2 oriental dogs.
Previously, Michael spent 33 years in the RAF involved flying Hercules tactical transport aircraft all over the world, often into inhospitable territory or climate, undertaking famine and disaster relief missions in addition to low level insertion and extraction of para-troops by day and night, training crews in air refuelling and as a meteorological research test pilot.
On retirement from the RAF as a Wing Commander in 1997, Michael spent the next 20 years training young men and women to become airline pilots at Oxford Airport, helping over 500 students develop their confidence, responsibility and the self-discipline required for this demanding profession.
Finally in 2017, after 50 years as a professional pilot and with 20,000 flying hours under his belt, he folded his wings. He hopes now to use all his experience gained as a Serviceman to enhance the opportunities for St Peter’s Trust to serve the community.