Winner of the Apprentice and Entrepreneur
Michelle Dewberry is a businesswoman and broadcaster and keynote speaker who came to the public attention when she won the second series of the Apprentice on BBC2.
Michelle Dewberry overcame significant adversity during her childhood and early adult years, growing up in Hull.
Leaving school at 16, she started her career as a YTS in St John Ambulance before moving into one of Hull’s biggest employers – KCOM and starting at the bottom (juggling this with part time work on the checkout at Kwik-Save!). She excelled in the technology industry and has subsequently consulted at a number of FTSE companies, alongside advising SMEs and working as a Non-Executive Director.
She made her mark in the media by winning series 2 of BBC’s The Apprentice, beating off competition from 14,000 people, to land a top job with Lord Alan Sugar.
Michelle is passionate about current affairs, and for many years she has debated these on national TV across all major news channels and programmes including Newsnight, Question Time, Politics Live, Broadcasting House and more. Michelle was a presenter of The Pledge, Sky News’ popular weekly debate show, before joining GB News in 2021 presenting Dewbs & Co.
As a proud Northerner, Michelle feels strongly about dissolving the North/South divide and the need for the working classes to be properly heard and their interests represented amongst the ‘Westminster Bubble’. She truly believes UK politics is broken and ran as an independent political candidate in the 2017 General Election for her hometown, Hull West and Hessle in an attempt to bring about change. She ran also as a Brexit candidate in the 2019 election to give the Brexiteers in her home town a viable option to vote for.
Having been affected by a number of challenges in her personal life, Michelle is now an ambassador for Women’s Aid and The Prince’s Trust. She is passionate about helping others and also works as a transformational Coach, helping people to excel.
Michelle Dewberry is an in-demand speaker across various events and regularly inspires audiences with her story of achieving success against the odds.
Her topics include –
• Anything Is Possible – Motivating, uplifting insights into Michelle’s story and how to overcome adversity and achieve success.
• Mental Health – Michelle recently publicly discussed her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts. She speaks on the importance of mental wellbeing and how to become (and remain!) “Mentally fit.”
• Business Start-Up- Michelle has worked as a mentor to many individuals and start-up businesses.
• Business Transformation – Michelle has worked as s transformation consultant for many years and can speak on how to transform, which pitfalls to avoid etc. North/South Divide – Michelle is passionate about the North and its prosperity
Michelle Dewberry hosted and spoke at our event. Michelle was fantastic to work with and very professional. During her speech she shared her own journey as an entrepreneur. Her story and passion resonated with the audience who were made up of representatives from over 30 UK corporations. Alongside her speech, Michelle co-hosted the awards for the evening together with one of The Trust's Young Ambassadors who was less experienced. The Young Ambassador was well taken care of and supported by Michelle, and the evening's proceedings ran very smoothly.
— Erino Kobayashi, The Prince's Trust 'Million Makers Enterprise Challenge Award Ceremony.'
Michelle spoke at our political debate and was a stand out performer in a panel with senior figures from major political parties. She provided a unique and personal insight to the event, as opposed to the repetitive talking points that dominate most panel discussions. She was a pleasure to host, and her team made organising logistical arrangements easy.'
— Alastair Sledge, John Hampden Grammar School, 'Question Time' event.
Michelle’s presentation was very well received, and her presence made a real difference to the event
— Peter Huntingdon (Go Skills - Government Apprenticeship body)
“Michelle was an excellent guest for our group. Her story is inspiring and motivational, and she is a great speaker. We know from many of the comments we received that listening to Michelle has had a real impact on those who attended the event. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
— Chris Cardell (organiser of The Wealth Mastermind Event)