Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Michelle was member of Ards Borough Council representing Newtownards Town from 2005, until she stepped down in December 2010 to concentrate on her Assembly duties.
This is Michelle’s second term as Assembly Member for Strangford having been successfully returned in 2011. She served as the Chair on the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee until September 2014 when she was appointed as Chair of the Education Committee.
On 11th May 2015 Michelle was appointed as Junior Minister in the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister. After the Ulster Unionist Party walked away from the Executive in August 2015 Michelle took on the role of Minister for Regional Development.
Following the 2016 Assembly Election Michelle was appointed as Minister for the newly formed Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs,