Michael and his family have a well established name within Leeds and London particularly within, Retail, Property and Charity sectors. The family has a long history of making large donations to good causes.
He was born in 1953 and was raised in Leeds and educated at Clifton College in Bristol and Leeds University. He is married to Debra and has three Sons, Samuel, Henry and Alex.
He enjoys running and has competed in the London marathon and other 10K and half marathons. He is also a keen cricketer and through Maccabi cricket as well as being involved in junior football, he attended the Maccabi Games (Chair of Junior Cricket in 2005 and Chair of Junior and Open Cricket in 2009) and his family have had a great deal of success at various international Maccabi Games going back a number of years. Michael is also an avid Leeds United football and Yorkshire Cricket Club supporter.
After working for Slater Walker Securities in 1975, he joined Debenhams and spent 3 years gaining experience throughout the business. In 1978, he joined the family Bradford-based footwear business Stylo, founded by his father, as a Director and in 1980 he joined the Stylo Board as a Chief Executive Officer.
He is Chief Executive of Barratts Trading Limited and today operates retail outlets throughout the UK and Eire, under the brands Barratts and Priceless. Additionally in 2004 he became a Director of Town Centre Securities plc, a fully listed property company in which his family has a substantial interest and also owns the Merrion Centre in Leeds.
He has a host of wide-ranging interests and has previously held many roles as Chairman of the Bradford Urban Regeneration Company; the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club Members’ Committee.
In July 2011, he became the Chairman of the Maccabi Foundation and Maccabi GB, Vice-President of the United Joint Israel Appeal. He is also President of the North and Yorkshire Business Forum and Director of the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition. He is also President of the UK Israel Business (formally BICC) and also a Trustee and Director of The Jerusalem Foundation.
As a member of the Council of Leeds University since 2001, he was appointed Deputy Pro-Chancellor in January 2008.
To add to his many achievements, he was awarded Doctor of the University by the University of Bradford in recognition of his business achievements for his contributions to the City and District of Bradford.