Michael is part of the team at the British Library helping to ensure that its digital collections are preserved for future generations. He is particularly interested in promoting a deeper understanding of the Library's diverse and ever-growing digital collections and in developing the necessary knowledge and tools required to support preservation planning and decision making.
Michael first became interested in digital preservation in the late 1980s when he was a postgraduate at Loughborough University. Before joining the British Library in 2013, Michael mainly worked in the UK higher education sector, including seventeen years based at the University of Bath working as a researcher and research manager for UKOLN. While there, Michael worked on a large number of research projects on digital library topics and helped to initiate and develop a portfolio of activities on digital preservation and research data management, including the Digital Curation Centre.