Michelle's 40 year career spans public relations, advertising, politics, government and private sector consultancy. A former President of the NZ National Party, she has extensive networks in New Zealand's business and political communities and is frequently called upon to give advice to both New Zealand-based and international companies and organisations wishing to influence decision making processes within central and local government.
She is currently a Director of Strategic Communications Consultancy Boag Allan SvG, an Executive Adviser to the Middle East Business Council and her communications advisory roles cover the following sectors: civil construction, litigation specialists, IT industry, health sector, executive travel, property development, aviation, international trade, investment, transport, building and construction industries. Michelle has extensive experience in community governance and has served in an advisory or governance capacity with organisations as diverse as the Salvation Army, Auckland Rugby, Auckland Cricket, NZ Breast Cancer Foundation, Surf Lifesaving, the Racing Industry Board and the Auckland City Mission.
She is a former President of Variety Club, a former Director of TVNZ and Manu Samoa Rugby Ltd, has served on the Advertising Standards Complaints Board and is currently a Trustee of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, the Simplicity Charitable Trust and the Eden Park Trust. Michelle is a regular commentator on political affairs on radio and television and works with the Graeme Dingle Foundation and Inzone Education Foundation providing free mentoring and public speaking training to Māori and Pacific Island students and assists these organisations with fundraising initiatives.