Michael Barnett is Chief Executive of the Auckland Business Chamber. He is a highly respected voice for business and has led the Chamber for more than 25 years.

In his role as CEO he leads a management team dedicated to fostering business success by providing a wide range of business advisory and support services to the business community. He is committed to the objectives of diversity in the workplace and achieving greater work-life balance.

Prior to his time with Auckland Chamber Michael spent 15 years within the manufacturing and supply chain industries involved with importing and distribution in New Zealand.

He was a proud recipient of a NZ Order of Merit in 2011 for services to business.

Michael is currently a director of both the Auckland Chamber and NZ Chambers of Commerce & Industry. He is chairperson on the following boards:




  • Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust (now Diversity Works)
  • 6 years elected Member of the Auckland Electricity Consumer Trust
  • Member & Chair
  • Deputy Chairman Mercury Energy
  • 9 years elected Member Auckland Regional Council 
    - Deputy Chairman Transport Committee
    - Chairman Economic Development Committee
    - Deputy Chairman of Council
  • Member Council for Open Polytech
  • 9 years as Member Prime Ministers Business Advisory Council – J. Bolger
  • Chairman Economic Development Forum Taupo


  • CEO – The Cloud, Queens Wharf
  • Chairman Puka Park Hotel
  • Director Credit Corp
  • Lead and participate in Trade Delegations, including Germany, Poland, Austria, Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Chile, Argentina and USA

 09 302 9916
E  mbarnett@chamber.co.nz