Michael is a linguist and lexicographer, now mostly retired. As a dictionary editor since 1980, he designed and managed numerous dictionary projects, and had a leading role in the field of English pedagogical dictionaries. He was Managing Editor at Longman Dictionaries for many years, and subsequently Editor-in-Chief of macmillandictionary.com, having started a dictionary development programme at Macmillan in the late 1990s. In the course of his career, he’s been at the forefront of applying computational techniques to the analysis of corpus data and (more recently) to the automation of lexicographic tasks. He is currently Chief Lexicographic Officer of Lexical Computing Ltd, the company responsible for the Sketch Engine and the Lexicom training workshops.