Michele is General Secretary of the National Society for Education in Art and Design – the trade union, professional body and learned society for art, craft and design professionals.

Michele has worked throughout her career with children, young people and educators in arts education and cultural settings. She firmly believes in the power of the collective – working together to make change through the arts.

After working for many years in London and Kent as an art teacher, head of department and school leader, she joined Kent County Council’s Advisory Service for Schools, supporting schools in challenging circumstances, then as Adviser for Art & Design, for all Kent schools. Since 2010 she worked as an independent arts consultant, before taking office at NSEAD in January 2019.