As the former CEO of Telecity, Michael built the business from £6M market cap to a £2.6bn business. Michael now holds multiple NED and Chairman roles with progressive businesses in the datacentre and technology industries, and has managed many successful exit strategies for organisations including; Pacnet, Itconic, Datapipe, and Basefarm.
Now Chairman of Audioboom, the largest podcasting platform in Europe, Michael shares his thoughts, stories and experiences via The Tobin Podcast. Tune in via the link below!
Michael also enjoys motivating and inspiring others through his books ‘Forget Strategy, Get Results’ and ‘Live, Love, Work, Prosper’.
Michael plays an active part in fundraising for charities that align with his mission to support the welfare and empowerment of children and young people globally. He is Chairman of the Friends of The Loomba Trust for widows in India, a Patron of The British Asian Trust, and Founder of the CEO Sleepout event for Action for Children.
In 2016 Michael raised over £100k running 40 Marathons in 40 consecutive days for the 40th anniversary of the Prince’s Trust.
He has been recognised with many industry awards for my achievements over the years, most recently being named as the ‘Datacentre and Cloud Influencer of the Decade’ in Monaco at the Broadgroup Industry Awards, and one of Smith and Williamson’s ‘Top 25 Power Individuals of Industry’.
Michael was named ‘UK IT Services Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst & Young three years running and awarded a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award for services to the data centre industry’ at the Data Centre Europe Awards.
In 2014 he was honoured in the Queens New Year Honours List with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to the Digital Economy.
Michael’s third and most recent book, “Lifting the Floor”, is a never-before-published account of the explosion of the data centre industry. Here, he and key industry insiders lift the lid on an industry that’s been hiding its shocking stories beneath the floor tiles of data centres the world over. This book exposes how an industry that’s only 25 years old became the most important in the world and introduces you to the egos, opportunists and forward-thinkers who made that happen.