R Michiel Stevenson OBE DL Hon LLD Hon MA was born in the City of Nottingham in 1941 and educated at Cottesmore Secondary Modern School where a Scholarship was won to People’s College for the Building Industry and Allied Trades. Mich then went on to further education at Nottingham Polytechnic, where City and Guilds Full Technological Certificate in Mechanical Engineering was achieved.
Mich then served a five year apprenticeship with Messrs A V Roe – Aircraft manufacturers and repairers, working on Shackletons and the first Vulcan. Following his apprenticeship he was appointed to the Design Team. Due to the running down of the aircraft industry he took a three year sales position with Vauxhall/Bedford, selling trucks to Fleet Operators, attending sales training courses throughout this period. Mich was then offered a position with Raleigh Industries in Nottingham in Toy Design; within three years he was promoted to Senior Pram Designer. He was then offered a position back in Vauxhall/Bedford Dealership as Fleet Sales Manager for three years. Awarded membership of the Bedford Truck Specialists Association and Association of the Institute of Road Transport Engineers.
He designed and patented product known as “Washmatik” which has been successfully marketed for over twenty five years.
Whilst working in the automotive industry, Mich had been investing in properties. In 1975 he decided, with his brother, to go into full time renovation and reconstruction of property. This partnership grew into a private limited company, Spenbeck Limited, in 1981 successfully developing an investment portfolio, including a substantial number of prestigious properties in the Lace Market.
In 1992 formed the Lace Market Heritage Trust to enable and encourage the regeneration of the historic Lace Market area of Nottingham, which had fallen into severe decline, and was appointed its inaugural Chairman. In 1993 The Museum of Law Trust Company was formed to oversee the creation of the Galleries of Justice, working towards its recognition as the National Museum of Law. He was appointed Chairman.
In December 2004, Mich became Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire and in May 2005, Mich was awarded the Freedom of the City of Nottingham.
1997 – awarded Honorary Degree of Master of Arts (Nottingham Trent University) in recognition of his contribution to the regeneration of the Nottingham Lace Market
1998 – awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for “Services to the Galleries of Justice, Nottingham”
2001 – awarded “Enterprise Midlander of the Year” for East and West Midlands, by Carlton Television
2005 – Freedom of the City of Nottingham
2010 – awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (University of Nottingham)
Current Chairmanships, Directorships and Board Memberships
Chairman of The Egalitarian Trust (NCCL + Galleries of Justice)
Chairman of the National Ice Centre, Nottingham
Chair, Nottingham City Creative Quarter
Main Board Member of Sport England
Chairman of Sport England Project Board
Chairman of Nottingham Regeneration Limited
Chairman of East Midlands Regional Venture Capital Fund
Chairman of West Midlands Regional Venture Capital Fund
Board Member, Nottingham Express Transit Limited (Tram)
President of Newark Air Museum
Former Chairmanships & Directorships
Chairman of Sport England Finance Board
Chairman of Nottingham Waterside Limited
Director of ITV Central Regional Advisory Council
Chairman of emEP
Chairman, Nottingham Development Enterprise
Chairman, Profile Nottingham
Chairman, Carlton Television Midlander of the Year
Chairman, EMDA’s New Technology Initiative (NTI)