It was with great sadness that we learnt about Mike’s death. He was a truly remarkable individual who achieved an incredible amount in his life and touched the hearts of so many people. Our thoughts are with Jean, Chris, Kate and the wider family at this difficult time.
Mike is perhaps best known as the founder of Bruntwood, a highly successful property development company. In his business leadership, as in so many aspects of his life, Mike was inspirational. In addition to his sharp intellect and proven business acumen, he was committed to building an ‘ethical business’ that cared about its people and the environment and gave back to local people.
His insight as a cancer patient, and indeed for many years as a cancer survivor, was powerful and invaluable. Mike was incredibly supportive of our work at The Christie, with a very keen interest in supporting our research work. He was the founding chair of the Manchester Cancer Research Centre (our research partnership with The University of Manchester and Cancer Research UK) and chaired the fundraising appeal on behalf of the MCRC partners when we wanted to build the MCRC building.
This building was very recently named ‘The Oglesby Cancer Research Building’ in recognition of Mike’s tireless support and dedication to the development of cancer research in Manchester.
More recently Mike was a lay member of the programme board for the Paterson rebuild project, overseeing the development of the new cancer research building which will replace the badly fire damaged Paterson building.
Personally, through his family charitable foundation and his corporate business, Mike and his wife Jean gave extremely generously to The Christie and our partners to improve treatment and care for cancer patients.
Just a few examples of how Mike and Jean have supported The Christie include:
- Donating their golden wedding anniversary gifts towards leukaemia research at The Christie.
- Co-hosting lunches and dinners for us and, in particular, hosting a dinner to raise funds for our first Da Vinci robot. Mike personally donated to this project.
- Jean sponsored The Christie garden at the RHS Flower Show Tatton Park.
- Providing funding for three bursaries at The Christie.
Mike’s wife Jean also helped to establish and was the original chair of the Altrincham and Sale fundraising group for The Christie which has been raising funds for over 23 years.
In addition to being so supportive of our work at The Christie, Mike made a huge contribution in both Manchester and the North West. He was involved with MIDAS (the inward investment arm of the region), the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music, the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership and many more. He was High Sheriff for Greater Manchester, won North-West Businessman of the Year and was awarded a CBE in 2011 for his services to industry and charity. Mike and his family, through their family trust, donated very generously to causes such as the arts, health, education and reducing social inequality.
His passing is a great loss to us all and he will be sadly missed.