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Jonathan Michie

Professor Jonathan Michie is a British economist and holds the joint post of Director of the Department for Continuing Education, and President of Kellogg College, University of Oxford, where he is Professor of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange. Jonathan Michie is the son of the biologist Dame Anne McLaren and computer scientist Donald Michie.

Jonathan started his academic career in 1973 at United World College of the Atlantic, gaining his International Baccalaureate. He then gained a full scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford via the common entrance exam, where he gained first class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later a Doctorate, after having obtained an MSc in Economics (with Distinction) from Queen Mary, University of London. In 1983 he moved to the Economics Department of the Trades Union Congress and then in 1988 to Brussels as an Expert to the European Commission, before becoming an academic at the University of Cambridge in 1990. After seven years at Cambridge - first in the Economics Faculty and then the Judge Business School - he took up the Sainsbury Chair of Management at the University of London, where he was Head of the School of Management & Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck College.

In 2004 he became a Professor of Management at the University of Birmingham where he was Director of the Business School and a member of the University Council. He was also a Non-Executive Director of the Sandwell & West Birmingam Hospitals NHS Trust.

Jonathan was a founding Director of Supporters Direct, the Government-funded body that gives legal and other advice to groups of football supporters who wish to establish supporters' trusts at their football clubs.

In December 2007 he was appointed to the joint positions of Director of the Department for Continuing Education and President of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

Jonathan was one of the first chairpersons of Shareholders United, formerly Shareholders United Against Murdoch, the not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promote fan ownership in Manchester United F.C.. They successfully thwarted Rupert Murdoch's attempt to take over Manchester United. When his term as chair passed in 2004, Shareholders United had over 30,000 members and owned 1% of Manchester United. The organisation is now known as the Manchester United Supporters' Trust.

He is married to Carolyn Downs, Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General of Corporate Performance at the Ministry of Justice. They have two sons, Alex and Duncan. They currently live in Oxford.