Mike Royal is the National Director of TLG, an award-winning charity, enabling churches to work with children and young people at risk of exclusion from school across the UK. Mike has 15 years experience in local church leadership and has been the National Youth Director of a church denomination. Mike was formerly an Urban Planner with a first class degree in Urban Studies. He serves as an adviser to statutory agencies on gang-related issues. He was champion for the Young People key line of enquiry for the Birmingham Strategic Partnership social inclusion process. He also chaired a policy working group for the Centre for Social Justice on Youth Justice Reform. He has a Masters degree in Black Theology from Birmingham University, and has been married to Viviene for 20 years.