Michael started work in 1972 as a grain and commodities trader in Ireland and then London, where he passed his trading exams. He worked and traded cereal commodities in Rotterdam, Buenos Aires and Toronto returning to London in 1978 to continue trading in grains and oil seed commodities. He acted as an arbitrator for the Grain & Feed Trade Association.
Michael started work at Kimpton Brothers in 1983, who were niche commodity importers and traders to the food manufacturing trade. He specialised in animal by-products, botanicals and foods.
In 1989, he was appointed Managing Director of Kimpton Brothers and Evans, Gray & Hood, a role in which he remained for 20 years. He developed and expanded the business in honey, cereals, pulses, chemicals, animal by-products, botanicals and foods. He is a past President of the International General Produce Association and acted on trade appeal hearings.
Michael set up Beacon Commodities in 2009.