Dr Michael Atkinson was educated at Stonyhurst College and read Classics at St. Johns College, Oxford, gaining his BA, MA and DPhil.
During his career he was an Assistant Master and House Master at Eton College where he was Master-in-charge of the King’s Scholarship Examination, rackets and squash. He was also the Chairman of Eton Action, the School’s charitable organisation. He also spent time as House Master at Budhanilkantha School, Kathmandu.
Michael was a Governor at Summer Fields Prep, Oxford until 2007 and is currently Chairman of both the Maristow Gardens Residents Association and the Plymouth Philharmonic Choir.
In 2009, Dr Michael Atkinson was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Knight of St. Gregory the Great.