Michael Farmer has over 50 years of base metals trading experience and led two of the biggest global copper and nickel trading companies of the last 30 years. He has been a Conservative Peer since October 2014, focusing mainly on social justice issues, especially in the areas of prisoner rehabilitation, domestic abuse and preventing family breakdown. He published two reviews commissioned by the Ministry of Justice on strengthening male prisoners’ and female offenders’ family ties to prevent reoffending and intergenerational crime.
With Dr Samantha Callan he founded the Family Hubs Network, an infrastructure organisation to help grow and give shape to the movement of family support hubs opening around the country. He is on the Design Group of the McAlister Review of Children’s Social Care where he is a strong advocate for strengthening families to prevent children from entering local authority care.