About Michael Leek

Michael trained as an illustrator at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. On graduation he went into professional practice, working for publishing houses, advertising agencies, Ford Motors, the aircraft industries (in The Netherlands and Germany), and for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD).

He later joined the Arts University College Bournemouth, where he became Head of the School of Illustration - and where, in the 1980s and 1990s, it became one of the most successful illustration schools in the United Kingdom. After Bournemouth he was appointed Director of Studies at the former Cordwainers College in London. Michael's career in design education included working with colleagues in many countries in Europe and overseas. He was also a visiting lecturer and project manager for a university in Sweden.

Michael completed postgraduate studies at Bournemouth University, an MA at Middlesex University and an MPhil at the Royal College of Art, London. He is a life-Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a member of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and a member of a number of historical societies.

Michael has had a long interest in military aviation, particularly technological developments. Prior to digital photography, film photography was used extensively for research purposes when he was at Bournemouth. In this context aviation projects managed included work for;

The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton.
The Imperial War Museum, Duxford.
The Science Museum, London.
The former RAF Vulcan Display Team, RAF Waddington.
Rolls Royce, Bristol.
Scale Models

Since 2006 his aviation photographs have been published by

Air Forces Monthly
RAF News
Filght International
Aircraft Illustrated
Practical Photography
Aviation in Action 2010 calendar
Daily Mail
The Northern Scot
The Press & Journal
The Knock News
The RAF Museum, Cosford

He has also been twice Featured Photographer with Flight Global and, he's been a runner-up in the Action category of the Photographer of the Year competition run by Practical Photography