Michael Barnett is Chief Executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and a Director of both the Auckland Chamber and NZ Chambers of Commerce & Industry. The Chamber placed over 1,000 people into employment last year through their various programmes.
A well known as a voice for business and has led the Chamber for over twenty years. He also leads a team of senior managers dedicated to fostering business vitality by providing a wide range of business advisory and support services to the business community. He has been chief executive of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce since 1988 and is regarded as one of the most influential businessmen in Auckland.
After a battle with cancer, Michael was recognised by the Queen in the 2011 New Year’s Honours with a NZ Order of Merit. Michael credits the unwavering support of his wife Kim, daughter Maddison and son Finlay for much of his successes in his life.