About The Author

My name is Michael MacMahon, a septuagenarian with no interest in retiring who has developed a portfolio career drawing on a lifetime of personal and professional experience instead. I am…

  • a writer
  • a speaker on a wide range of subjects; I also coach speakers
  • a voice actor who makes occasional forays on to screen and stage

I have written a book called Back to the Black, about getting out of debt and managing your personal finances so you stay that way.  I also blog from time to time (see online home) about the challenges of public speaking and other subjects that interest me.



A native of Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, I spent my university years at Imperial College, London and afterwards had a 25-year career in the chemical industry, ending up as Managing Director of a sales and marketing company in the Swedish-owned Holmen group. I left to set up and run a training consultancy where I designed and delivered courses for major corporate clients in Scandinavia in business communications skills – delivering impactful presentations, running effective meetings, telephone skills and the like – combined with teaching the English language. I then spent five years working with a major UK health charity, first in fundraising and then in media relations.

I have been a frequent speaker at corporate events, fundraisers and social functions for 35 years.

Nowadays I live in the great city of Bristol, in the West of England, avoiding retirement and enjoying a wide range of projects.