Mike has worked across a range of roles at Rio Tinto since 1981 when he joined the company as Exploration Manager for Scotland. He has worked in locations across the globe, including South America, Africa, Europe and North America.

Prior to his employment at Rio Tinto, Mike worked for a number of other mining companies. He is a Fellow of the Society of Economic geologists and of the Geological Society of London. He received his PhD in Mining Geology from Imperial in 1979.