MSP for the South Scotland region covering East Lothian, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale
Originally trained at The London Hospital, Whitechapel, Michelle began her career working as a staff nurse in the Intensive Care Unit, then moved into Health Service Management. Michelle went on to hold a number of posts within finance before moving to South West Thames Regional Health Authority as the Deputy Regional Finance Training Manager.
In 1990 Michelle and her husband decided to move to the Scottish Borders in order to set up their manufacturing company and raise their six children, establishing their business in Walkerburn and settling near Selkirk.
After the move Michelle continued to work as a nurse while also completing an Honours degree at Heriot Watt University. She then returned to Health Service Management in 2000, latterly managing Acute Medicine in Edinburgh before moving in 2005 to head up an independent charity providing specialist drug and alcohol support to children, families and offenders.
In 2012 Michelle was elected to Scottish Borders Council, where she served as Leader of the Conservative Group. Michelle was then successfully-re-elected in March 2017 and resumed her position as leader at Newtown St Boswells.
In May 2017 Michelle became a list MSP for the South Scotland region, covering Midlothian South, Tweeddale, Lauderdale and East Lothian, stepping down from the Scottish Borders Council.
Michelle is Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Social Security. In addition to this she also sits on the Social Security Committee.
Office number: 0131 348 5661
Parliamentary office address: Room M2.13, The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP.