I joined the SNP aged 16 and campaigned as a schoolgirl for Margaret Bain/Ewing and Gil Paterson.
It's fair to say I have been an independence supporter all my life.
I started my working life as a professional musician.
I then spent 21 years in corporate companies delivering large IT and business change programmes.
I have run a variety of small businesses. The most recent has been with my former MP colleague and now business partner Roger Mullin. We have been delivering primary research on strategic projects to help advance Scotland. You can read more about us here:
I am a regular contributor to international magazines such as International Banker, a board member and an Ambassador to the Westminster All Party Parliamentary Group for Fair Business Banking.
I was a finalist in the 2019 Institute of Directors ''Director of the Year" for my work mentoring young women.
I travelled the length and breadth of Scotland during the independence referendum of 2014, speaking at over 100 events. I also represented the Yes campaign at events such as the Guildhall in London against Sir George Robertson at which over 1000 people attended. I was the main media spokesperson for Business for Scotland and appeared on all the main media outlets. I was noted as 'one to watch' when I entered the House of Commons in 2015.
I was the MP for Edinburgh West during 2015-2017. I was proud to be on the Business Select Committee and hold Sir Philip Green to account over his disgraceful handling of the staff of BHS as well as Sports Direct over their treatment of agency workers. You can view more about my work as an MP on my facebook page.
I have extensive life, business and political experience.
We need strong MSPs in our Scottish Parliament - and particularly women.
As the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Mr Ivan Mckee says:
"To win our nation's independence we will need to be determined in the face of adversity and resilient to overcome the forces ranged against us. Michelle has demonstrated these qualities in spades. We need her on our Holyrood team".
I will do my best for Falkirk East.