It all started when...
Michelle is a broadcaster and businesswoman who is fast becoming known for her frank, passionate and down-to- earth attitude. A regular TV commentator, Michelle also presents ‘The Pledge’, Sky News’ popular weekly debate show.
Growing up in Hull, Michelle overcame significant adversity to show a flair for business at a young age. She excelled in the technology industry and achieved an impressive 6-figure salary aged 22. She has a strong track record of consulting at Blue Chip organisations, helping them transform using technology.
She made her mark in the media by winning series 2 of BBC’s The Apprentice, beating off competition from 14,000 people, to land a top job with Lord Alan Sugar. In true entrepreneurial style, 9
month’s into her role with Lord Sugar, Michelle got itchy feet and left to focus on her own business interests.
For the years that followed, Michelle launched a number of online deal sites, offering customers the best prices on a variety of popular consumer products. In 2007 Michelle’s autobiography, 'Anything is Possible’ hit shelves, and charted her journey from an estate in
Hull, overcoming various adversity to the point of winning The Apprentice and beyond.
Today, Michelle has multiple business interests, including IT recruitment and she works hard for the Charities she supports; Women's Aid and The Prince's Trust. Michelle is also the Patron of Hull Children's University, Children In Care Programme where she helps ensure that 'looked after children' have high self esteem, high aspirations and opportunities to achieve.
Undoubtedly one of Michelle’s hardest challenges came when she ran as an independent political candidate in the 2017 General Election for her hometown, Hull West and Hessle.
Looking to shake up traditional party politics, Michelle received unbelievable support from local people and received almost 2,000 votes in just a 4 week campaign window.
Michelle’s true passion is current affairs, and for the past 6 years she has debated such topics on national TV. As well as this, Michelle is a regular contributor to Sky Sunrise, where she reads and comments on newspaper headlines, every Tuesday morning.
As well as politics and current affairs, Michelle has also talked about more sensitive subjects such as mental health, depression and suicide. Michelle has opened up about past experiences of her own, and wants to remove the stigma surrounding these issues, and help normalise the discussion of mental health.
She regularly appears on political programmes including ‘Question Time’ and ‘This Week’.
Michelle is an in demand speaker across various events and regularly inspires audiences with her story of achieving success against the odds