In 1978, Michael Oglesby founded the Bruntwood Group of companies.

At the beginning of 2000, he ceased to hold the joint roles of CEO and Chairman and his son, Chris, took over the day-to-day running of the company.

At the end of 2013, he gave up all executive responsibility in the company as he approached the age of 75.

Today he devotes his time to a broad span of philanthropic and voluntary activities. He makes the claim that “life is currently as busy as at any time in the past 50 years”.

In 2006, he was voted Businessman of the Year in the North West by the CBI.

From April 2007 to April 2008 he was High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.

In May 2009, he was appointed Vice Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and retired from this position in June 2014.

He was awarded the CBE in the January 2011 Honours List for his services to Industry and Charity, as well as the Prince Charles Medal for Arts Philanthropy in November 2011.

Personal interests are varied and include theatre, music, sailing, skiing and walking.