Interview with…Michelle Brown, PR Consultant and Owner of Brown's Public Relations

AUGUST 12, 2015

In matters pertaining to public image and media management, there is nobody in Port Elizabeth with the experience and connections of Michelle Brown.

In the past 27 years Michelle has managed PR campaigns for many top names in sport, business and entertainment including Glenn McGrath, Sir Viv Richards, Jake White and Francois Pienaar as well as for numerous popular events such as the Miss Port Elizabeth pageant, the Marc Lottering shows, the Soweto Gospel Choir, and the St Petersburg Russian Ballet Theatre, just to mention a few, and in the process she has collected several coveted PR and business awards.

Business Link (BL): We have seen you at many high profile events all over Port Elizabeth, but who is Michelle Brown?

Michelle Brown (MB): Well, with me, what you see is what you get. I never try to be someone else for the sake of a job or so that I secure new business. I’m passionate about Port Elizabeth and have always been, and, above all else, I love my family. I have two children, who currently live overseas, and I have been married for 32 years now. My business is wonderful, but if ever I were to choose, I am a mother first before everything else!

BL: Have you always worked in PR?

MB: I’ve always been a good organiser. So, from an early age, I knew that I wanted to be organising things and to work and network with people. I did dabble in a few jobs before I decided to venture on my own in 1989. I must add that although I might be the visible leader, my success over the years has been because of the wonderful teams I have worked with.

BL: You are also the Chairperson of the PE chapter of the Business Women’s Association of SA. What is its role? 

MB: We have an MOU with both the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Business School; however, we work specifically to empower, grow and advance women business leaders. We’re for women by women. I’m passionate about empowering local business women and we have several annual programmes to nurture young girls into the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

BL: Is enough being done to advance women in business and in the workplace?

BM: I think the groundwork has been done – there are structures, programmes and incentives in place, but I do not think enough is being done. In 2015, we still have a very low percentage of women sitting on corporate boards or senior executive positions at the big companies. At the BWA, that is one of our key focus areas as well.