Michael James Bisson (1949- )
The founder of Jerripedia, Mike Bisson was born in Nicaragua on 19 March 1949, the son of Roy Le Cras Bisson and Marguerite Constance Rimington. Descended from the Le Gros Bisson branch of St Ouen and St Mary, Mike can trace his father's lineage back to the 15th century.
He returned from Nicaragua with his parents, aged three months, and the family settled again in Jersey, where both his parents had been born. He was educated at First Tower School and Victoria College. At the age of 20 he joined the Jersey Evening Post, working as a news reporter and then sub-editor, before spending nine years as news editor from 1978 to 1987. He then left to found Michael Stephen Publishers, a successful periodical publishing division of the newspaper's parent company, the Guiton Group.
In 1989 he returned to the newspaper as editor, a position he held concurrently with general manager from 1991, until his appointment as managing director. He left the newspaper in 1996 to work as a freelance journalist and website developer and was responsible for the founding of the Jersey Legal Information Board.
He was married in 1970 to Collette Andalusia Picot Le Breton, daughter of Francis Nicolle Le Breton and Catherine Picot, and they had three children. He married secondly Sylvia Ann Collins (neé Maiden) in 2002 after they had moved to France in 2000. They now divide their time between France and Spain and Mike has been working on Jerripedia since February 2010.