Mike is the Chief Resilience Officer for the Christchurch City Council responsible for the development and implementation of a resilience strategy for the city which was completed in September 2016 as part of their cities membership of the 100 Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Mike has been involved in a number of emergencies ranging from earth quakes, wildfires and floods. Prior to becoming the Chief Resilience Officer he was employed as the land drainage operations manager at the Christchurch City Council. Following the September 22nd earthquake in 2010 he was the design manager for the Infrastructure Recovery Management Office and in 2014 Mike led the Christchurch Mayoral Flood Task Force. In that role he established an interagency and multidisciplinary team to investigate the cause of and find solutions for regular flooding.
As part of the emergency response to the devastating magnitude 7.8 Kaikoura earthquakes in November 2016 Mike spent a month leading the planning and intelligence section of the emergency operations centre. In 2017 he completed the New Zealand Civil Defence and Emergency Management Course and is a local controller in the Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.