Michael Barnett is Chief Executive of the Auckland Business Chamber, and a Director of both the Auckland Chamber and NZ Chambers of Commerce.

Michael was appointed Chief Executive of the Auckland Chamber in 1991. He has led the Chamber through times of change while maintaining a focus on what was good for business and good for Auckland. His role as Chief Executive enables him to contribute towards issues of trade and policy that grow the economy as well as providing a voice for business. It also allows him to pursue initiatives enabling youth to participate in the workforce.

Michael provides leadership on matters including diversity, education, transport, international trade, ports, infrastructure and local government efficiency.
The Auckland Business Chamber established the Michael Barnett scholarship in 2016 to mark Michael’s 25 years of leadership of the Chamber.

He was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2011.