Born and raised in Perth, Mike moved to Edinburgh to study politics at Edinburgh University. After graduating he joined Lothian and Borders Police where he served as a beat officer and scenes of crime examiner before leaving to work for Standard Life as an IT developer and project manager. After numerous attempts he was successful in being elected as Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West in 2010. After resigning as PPS in the Scotland Office, he then served on the Scottish Affairs and Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee before losing his seat in 2015. He has been a Transformation Lead in the Digital Directorate of the Scottish Government for the past two years where he currently leads on the delivery of a Digital Identity for access to Scottish Public Services.