Mike was born and brought up in Ellon, where he lives with his wife Margaret. They have a son Ross who lives in Houston and a daughter Jane living in Aberdeen. He retired from his architectural practice in 2013, Taylor Design Services. Through his company he has been involved in the development of Ellon for the last 40 years. He was also a director of local house building company Scotia Homes Ltd, retiring in 2011. He is involved with local originations including Rotary (past president), and was also involved in setting up and running the Ellon Business Initiative, promoting Ellon for many years. He is also an active member of Ellon Civic Pride. He has had an interest in Ellon Castle Gardens for many years before the gardens were handed over for community use.