Michael comes from Ryde, is part of a huge Island family. and owns and runs his own business here (Bar 74). He has always been very passionate about giving back to the community, and has worked to support islanders through previous jobs working in health and social care, charity work, volunteering and fundraising. Michael is currently a mature university student studying Psychology and Child Development, and previous roles have included the youth service Breakout Youth, a children’s home and working with people with mental health and learning disabilities.
Coming from the LGBTQ community he has worked hard to make the bar a safe space for all, and supported many local groups to feel comfortable meeting there as well as providing a space for local dance groups.
“I believe that the only way to move any community forward is to work together, despite any differences, in sharing the one common goal – which is an Isle of Wight that thrives and celebrates all of its diversity of its residents, as well as protecting our beautiful beaches and green spaces. I am a big supporter of adult education as well as the restoration of old buildings such as the Ryde Theatre. Being part of the Ryde Business Association I would like to work hard to support the growth of Independent businesses in Ryde – and beyond.”