Michael O'Connor - Non Executive Director (Deputy Chairman) Michael O'Connor Mike, who joined the Trust on 1 April 2014, lives in Higher Whitley, Cheshire and went to school in Manchester. He studied Classics at Durham University. Mike qualified as a lawyer in 1989 and has been a partner in international law firm Addleshaw Goddard since 1996 where he leads the Infrastructure Projects and Energy team. Mike specialises in health transactions for the NHS advising at board level and in infrastructure projects particularly in the transport and regeneration sectors. Mike has a long and diverse experience of non-executive posts in public services including at Willow Park Housing Association, the Factory Youth Zone Harpurhey and Festival Medical Services. Mike is married with two teenage daughters and his interests include Glastonbury, playing bass guitar in the Mandrills and sailing.