Academic Qualifications & Training

Post graduate level

Diploma in Management Studies

DeMontfort University, Awarded 1991


Graduate level (or equivalent)

BA(hons) Humanities – Art History & French (2:1)

Open University, Awarded August 2013

Diploma in French

Open University, Awarded 2010

IBMS Special Examination – Clinical Chemistry

Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Awarded 1980

HNC Medical Laboratory Sciences (Clinical Chemistry)

Paddington College, London, Awarded 1976


‘A’ level equivalent

ONC Sciences (Medical Laboratory Sciences)

Paddington College, London, Awarded 1974



5 GCE including English & Mathematics; The Stationers’ Company’s School, London 1973


Professional Qualifications

I held Fellowship of The Institute of Biomedical Sciences, and Chartered Scientist status until my retirement. I was an Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine between 2010 and 2013.



Work Experience

Volunteer Visitor Attraction Risk Assessor

Volunteer Lock Keeper / Towpath Ranger


Quality & Risk Manager (Compliance; Risk; Litigation - scientific & support services);

Various managerial & supervisory laboratory positions (Pathology)


Supervisory, & Training roles in a variety of different Pathology laboratory settings.

2015 - continuing


2012 - continuing



2003 – 2011



1980 - 2003



1972 - 1980





Canal & River Trust,

Central Shires / EastMidlands Region




University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust




Newark Hospital, Nott's;

Papworth Hospital, Camb's;

Royal London Hospital & Whittington Hospital, London


email :

Twitter: @MikeFromLFE

Michael Gayler

BA(hons), DMS


The Short Version


I was born in London and worked as a Healthcare Scientist, and latterly as a Healthcare Manager in the NHS. I am now retired, but work as a volunteer for The Canal & River Trust.


I am a graduate of The Open University BA(hons) Humanities - Art History & French.

I have a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies.


I am a competent Microsoft Word and Excel user.

I hold a full UK Car & Motorcycle driving licence.


I am happily married and have grandchildren living close by.

I am an enthusiastic, but fair weather, cyclist.

We cultivate fruit and vegetables on our allotment.

We enjoy travel, particulalrly within Europe, by train.


I speak French, and have an elementary grasp of German and Spanish.










Ungrouped Skills Listing

Driving; French; Law; Dealing with the public; Motorcycles; Cycling; Travel; Philosophy; Art history; Tourism; Safety; Quality management; Hedge laying; Biochemistry; Haematology; Art; Healthcare management; Microsoft office; Word; Excel; Canals; Management; Graduate; Organised; Clinical chemistry; Pathology; Modern art;

Other Short Courses & Miscellaneous Qualifications


  • Introduction aux droits de l'homme - Coursera - Université de Genève
  • English Common Law: Structure and Principles - Coursera - The University of London
  • CAATS Assessment - Safe Operation of Canal Locks - Canal & River Trust
  • Stereoscopy: an Introduction to Victorian Stereo Photography - FutureLearn - The Open University


  • Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare - FutureLearn - The Open University
  • Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum - FutureLearn - The Open University
  • Hedge Laying (One Day Course) - Trust For Conservation Volunteers / Canal & River Trust


  • Think Again: How to Reason and Argue - Coursera - Duke University
  • Sports and Society - Coursera - Duke University
  • Introduction to Philosophy - Coursera - University of Edinburgh
  • Dog First Aid - Leicester & Leicestershire Animal Aid Association


  • Health & Safety Induction Training - British Waterways / KNW Training


  • Starting With Law - The Open University (Level 1 module)


  • Major Incident Management - Health Protection Agency/ Coventry University Enterprises


  • Brainbench Certification - Operations Concepts; Listening Skills; Medical Terminology
  • Mindleaders Certification - Business Communication; Writing Skills; Forms of Writing; Negotiating Techniques


  • EMFEC Level 3: Advanced Internet Training Certificate; City College Manchester


  • Radio Amateurs’ Certificate; City & Guilds of London & The Home Office


Highbrow, Short Courses (


  • Philosophical Ideas; Ancient Philosophy; Medieval Philosophy; Renaissance & Modern Philosophy; Contemporary Philosophy
  • Significant Futurists; History of Architechture

Online Travel Training Ltd, Short Courses


  • Great Southern Rail


  • Great Rail Journeys; Viking River Cruises; Affordable Car Hire; Botswana Tourism Organisation; Warner Leisure Hotels; Lounge Pass


  • Haven Holidays; Bourne Leisure; Condor Ferries; Eurostar; RailEurope