Michael Becket was for over thirty years a financial journalist with The Daily Telegraph, which included editing regular supplements and he was City news editor. Before that he was for six years a civil servant. Other jobs have included two years working for Shell International, market research interviewing, operating a lathe at a Lewisham factory, and kitchen porter at the Regent Palace Hotel. He has also contributed to dozens of magazines, including The Spectator, New Scientist, What HiFi, Accountancy Age, Good Housekeeping and Amateur Photographer. His books include Computer by the Tail (co-author), Economic Alphabet, Bluff Your Way in Finance, Office Warfare, How the Stock Market Works, An A to Z of Finance, Stakeholder Pensions, and Starting Your Own Business. He has recently completed a book on history provisionally called Why The Why Then Why There but has not yet found a publisher. He is now a portrait and wedding photographer, one half of photoBECKET.
Michael became a Kensington Society trustee and editor of the Annual Report in 2012.