Michael Murphy has an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Leeds Metropolitan University. He has been an independent governor at London Met since March 2014 and is currently the chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. Michael also serves on the Remuneration Committee.
Michael has been in an international communications career for over 30 years, thanks to which he has developped experience in helping organisations across the world to transform, adapt, become more effective and successfully mature.
After an early career in journalism, Michael moved to the PR sector and is currently an adviser to a number of international communications and marketing agencies. Between February and August 2013 he was the non-executive chairman of Grayling, a global public relations and government relations consultancy with operations in over 40 countries. He was responsible for merging a number of businesses to create and launch Grayling as a new global PR and PA group, for which he was the global chief executive officer (CEO) from 2009 until 2013.
Other previous positions include CEO of Trimedia International between 2004 and 2009, CEO of Hatch-group from 2000 to 2003, CEO and Deputy CEO roles at Shadwick Group from 1989 to 2000 and founder/CEO of PR Consultants Scotland between 1982 and 1989.
Michael has also been a member of The Superbrands Council (2013), and he chaired the UK Government and PR industry study into the future of the PR industry, leading to chartered status for the industry (2001). He was also the non-executive director of DEGW Scotland, a leading international architectural practice (1990-1993), non-executive director of Think London, the City’s inward investment agency (1998-2005), a member of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) London Council (1999-2000) and a trustee of Action on Addiction (1998-2007).