Michael Fraser

Michael Fraser

Best known for co presenting of the BBC's "Beat the Burglar" and as the principal mentor in C4's "Going Straight", Michael Fraser is also a highly successful businessman. As a youngster in care, he came within a whisker of receiving a custodial sentence and he has not forgotten how he could so very well have gone on to become a hardened criminal had he not been given a chance to “go straight”. His remarkable success is an inspiration to us all.

Michael spent much of his childhood in and out of care. He was expelled from more than one school, eventually leaving with no qualifications to mention. He drifted into petty crime in his early adulthood and generally seemed to be heading down a steep and slippery slope.

Looking back to his youth, Michael recalls the turning point in his life. The owner of a small aluminium company was prepared to "take a risk" and employ him as a junior. Due to his sheer fright at the looming prospect of a jail sentence Michael threw himself into his work. It was this humble start sweeping the factory floor that enabled Michael to become what he is today. He has not forgotten this, indeed it has become his personal mission to see that others can be given such chances.

By working closely with the Apex Trust (he is a Trustee), Michael succeeds in helping people who would otherwise struggle to get a start in life. The Apex Trust aims to help people with criminal records obtain jobs or self-employment. They achieve this aim by providing them with the skills they need in the labour market, by working to break down the barriers to their employment and increasing employment opportunities in communities with high levels of crime.

Michael is able to help the Trust in many ways and has over the years taken on a number of employees through Apex. Michael helps with raising the public profile of the Trust, having spoken at numerous meetings and has contributed to several television programmes.

He has also become ‘well known’ through his work on BBC’s ‘To Catch a Thief’ programme, which, by the end of the series, was achieving an audience of 8 million viewers. Two series of "Beat the Burglar" were originally shown on the BBC.

Michael’s series for Channel 4, entitled ‘Going Straight’ followed eight people with criminal records who were offered a chance to hold-down a job running a flower shop in London. As chief mentor he helped them to develop the self-discipline required to make themselves and the venture work.

Audiences readily take to him, recognising his strength of character and determination. He is fully committed to giving advice on how to avoid being the victim of crime as well as talking to business people and 'decision makers' into re-appraising their own attitudes to what makes a criminal and what can be done to turn them into useful members of society. (Sadly, the majority of kids brought up in care, end up with a criminal record and most never get out of the vicious circle of crime/institutions). Mike has a ready wit, so any talk on his life and work will make the audience both laugh and cry, but hopefully also change attitudes/perceptions.

PRESS (Features)
Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Mail On Sunday, Nottingham Evening Post, Readers Digest BalanceLife Magazine, The Sunday Post, Scotland's New Homebuyer, London Lite
International Homes, B&Q Inspired Living, Capital Life, Manchester Living

Eircom, ADT, Churchill Insurance, RAC, Edelman, Talkback Thames, Porter Novelli, Lexis PR, Mander Shopping Centre, PMW Communications, London Borough of Richmond Learning Needs Team, Consolidated Communications, P&O, APEX Trust, Specialist Schools & Academies Trust, Calder, Path Yorkshire, Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council, NFEA, Stevenage World Forum for Ethnic Minorities, Local Government East Midlands, Hertfordshire Criminal Justice Board, Learning Needs Team, Privateer, Ginger TV Productions, Lion TV, North One Television Midlands, BSkyB, Talkbackthames, GMTV (keeping your home safe from burglars), Overseas Property TV.

To contact Michael Fraser please call Sylvia Tidy-Harris at STH Management +44 (0) 1530 263221 or email sylvia@sthmanagement.co.uk

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