Michael retired from full-time employment with M-Real in 2008 but remained active in retirement as Chairman of PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes) until December 2009.
The award recognises Michael’s contribution to the wider industry over many years. Although primarily concerned with the cartonboard market, Michael recognised that the industry needed to present a united front when faced with wider issues such as the introduction of Packaging Waste Regulations, the poor perception of the industry by NGOs and the wider public, or the need to embrace environmental issues such as forest certification proactively and whole-heartedly.
His contributions to PIMO (Paper Industry Materials Organisation), the CPI (Confederation of Paper Industries), ProCarton, and PEFC have been positive and constructive. At the same time, he was active within the PAA (Paper Agents Association) where he served on Council for a number of years and completed a two-year term as President. He continued to support the Association’s Environmental Committee after his retirement from M-Real.
In nominating him, the PAA said: “The Paper Agents Association believes that Michael’s commitment to the establishment of meaningful industry bodies and fair representation for all branches of the industry in its relationships with Government, the EU and NGOs uniquely qualify him for consideration as a recipient of the Gold Medal.”