Mike believes in the inspirational power of cities and spends a good amount of time encouraging anyone in his orbit to get out of the house, to know their city and to have more fun. While working as a lawyer in the Middle East, he spotted an opportunity to launch global lifestyle brand Time Out in Sydney in 2007 to achieve these aims.
In 12 years at the helm of Time Out Australia he has grown the brand across print, digital, event and social channels, which now reaches 1,000,000 Australians monthly.
In recent times, and prompted by the challenges facing Sydney’s night time economy, he has focussed his efforts on aligning and empowering industry to intervene in the political process in order to effect change. This saw him take a leading role in launching an independent bars association for Sydney in May, and this month has launched a Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) of which he is the inaugural Chair. The NTIA’s membership spans arts, culture, entertainment and hospitality.
Mike was also recently appointed to UNSW’s Art & Design Advisory Council.