The majority of Michael Hill’s career has been in public service. He was a Regular Army officer for 35 years, rising to the rank of Brigadier. He served three tours in the Ministry of Defence, acquiring a sound knowledge of the workings of Central Government including membership of high-level committees. On leaving the Army in 1993, Michael Hill accepted a 4 year Home Civil Service appointment in Northern Ireland as Director of a Works Organisation operating within the Northern Ireland Office, working closely with Security Force chiefs and senior government officials.
Michael Hill was elected as a Conservative Member to Kent County Council in 2001 and re-elected in 2005. He served for 4 years as a Lead Member in the Community Services portfolio and has held his current appointment of Cabinet Member for Community Services since October 2005. He is also a Member of the Kent Police Authority and is currently Vice Chairman of the Authority.
Michael Hill’s ten years as a Kent County Councillor have given him a deep understanding of value of the arts, both in order to improve the quality of life for residents and as a means of cultural regeneration of deprived areas of the county. He carried the Cabinet responsibility for the development of Turner Contemporary in Margate and is committed to the ongoing expansion of cultural infrastructure across the county.
Michael Hill is a graduate of London University and a Chartered Engineer. Married with two grown up sons he has lived in Tenterden since leaving the Army in 1993. His principal, outside interests are golf and offshore racing in the family yacht.