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Michelle Hughes

Michelle Hughes

Chief Marketing Officer | MDL Group Board Member

Michelle is McCarthy Durie’s Chief Marketing Officer, operating out of the Brisbane office.


Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in leading and building business across numerous sectors, including legal, finance, insurance, medical, wholesale, manufacturing and retail.

Having worked in innovation for more than two decades, Michelle has pioneered cutting-edge, digital techniques with many national, and international brands. She has a proven track record of increasing organisational exposure, enhancing client engagement and driving global business growth strategy.

Today, Michelle is an MDL Group board member who play an intrinsic role in development of the firms future development plans. Michelle works within the executive team, and guides the marketing department, partners and firm, to meet growth targets through technology, process improvement and innovation.

Her scope includes:

  • Business growth strategy
  • Brand strategy
  • Contract negotiation
  • Digital innovation
  • Advertising strategy
  • Process improvement
  • Customer + user experience (CX + UX)
  • Sponsorships and partnerships


Additionally, Michelle is an investor, non-executive director and committee executive to many organisations, bringing a unique perspective and broad commercial acumen to MDL. Complimented by her ability to identify business opportunities and develop market-ready products and services, Michelle is a valued asset within the MDL team.


MBA Queensland University of Technology 2023

GAICD Australian Institute of Company Directors 2023

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration QUT 2023

Private Equity Harvard Business School July 2022

  • AICD – Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Women on Boards
  • Directors Australia

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