At first glance, Michelle’s twelve years as a City headhunter in the international legal sector might seem a strange lead-in to her role as Relationship Manager of a new charity like The Sustainable Health Foundation. However, aside from putting to good use the experience she gained from being involved in the running of a successful business, servicing international clients and managing teams of staff, Michelle is also bringing to bear the skills she acquired as a researcher, writer, organiser and client liaison.
Recruiters have an in-joke that nobody goes into recruitment on purpose and the same is true for Michelle. Her first love was dancing and her university degree and post degree studies (from the University of Cape Town and the Institute of Linguists respectively) were in languages. A career break to have children provided enough space for her to remember that headhunting had not been her life plan.
For the last nine years, Michelle has been employed as a writer, consultant and translator by a range of businesses in the natural health sector and has taken steps to consolidate the knowledge gleaned from working in this sector with a foundation course in Clinical Neuropsychoimmunology. She is now happily dubbed ‘The Fun Police’ by her children and immediate family as she lives the ‘food is medicine’ lifestyle!
Working with The Sustainable Health Foundation is immensely inspiring for Michelle, given the opportunity to spread the word that eating and living well is within all of our reach – as is the living of a vital and resiliently healthy life!