In Mikey's first chapter, he spent 20 years flying and operating assault helicopters, often in support of special forces, as well as strategic planning, in Her Majesty's Royal Air Force, serving on operational flying tours in Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia and Iraq, as well as strategy and diplomacy tours in Afghanistan, Sumatra (post-tsunami), India and Africa. He quickly rose to Senior Officer status and spent his final years before military retirement as a military advisor within the UK's Ministry of Defence. He left the British military with a Master’s degree from Kings College in War Studies.
In his second career as a correspondent and filmmaker, Mikey has covered in-depth, national security and aviation, medical, mental health, political, conservation, religious, and energy-based stories broadcast on the BBC, CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, National Geographic, History Channel, Travel Channel, and Vogue. He is an accomplished correspondent, host, camera operator, writer and editor. He can operate as a correspondent or with a camera - even at high altitudes, being an experienced mountaineer, or sub-surface, being a qualified SCUBA diver.
In the last few years he has filmed in Iraq, Siberia, South Africa, Peru, Nicaragua, Namibia, Vietnam, Columbia, Japan, Kenya, Ethiopia, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Europe, and the United States including Alaska.
His latest film for the BBC is 'My Autistic Big Brother & Me', which he filmed and directed in the mountains of North Wales and spent 4 years writing and editing the initial 60-minute version. The 40-minute version aired on the BBC and BBC iPlayer in 2019.
Mikey has been very busy during the world Covid 19 pandemic. Mikey spent most of the last two years on the road, telling real stories of the social impact of the disease on people and communities, for GE Healthcare.
A summary of the films is listed below. You can view the actual episodes if you go onto www.mikeykay.com