Michelle trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and played the violin professionally. Michelle co-founded Cause4 on leaving her role at the London Symphony Orchestra, where as Development Director her achievements in private sector fundraising led to her being judged the Best Upcoming Fundraiser at the National Fundraising Awards in 2008. Michelle’s fundraising experience includes the development of multi-million pound commercial sponsorships, cultivation of high net-worth individuals and substantial statutory fundraising.
Michelle was the winner of the female entrepreneur category in the Natwest Startup awards 2011 and is a top 10 winner in the Ernst and Young Future 100 awards 2011 for entrepreneurs under 35 that demonstrate innovation in progressing a responsible business venture. She is a silver award winner in the 2012 international Stevie Awards for female innovator of the year and a member of Accelerate 250.