Have you been affected by Cyclone Gabriel? Do you or your team need support with stress management, anxiety, trauma recovery or staying resilient in these challenges times? We’re located in Hawkes Bay and here to help. For one-on-one support or group sessions contact us michelle@ignitegroup.co.nz

About Michelle

Hi, I’m Michelle Dalley, the owner of Ignite Group.

I’ve spent the last 14 years working as a professional Coach and Trainer and absolutely love the work I do. During this time, I’ve been privileged to learn from some amazing teachers who are leading the way in the fields of neuroscience, resilience, coaching and mindset work.

I use the knowledge, skills and frameworks I’ve learnt, to help my clients be more resilient and to build thriving cultures. Whilst I work with a wide range of clients, I’m particularly passionate about supporting new and middle Managers to develop and build their leadership skills. I also love to support individuals to overcome stress, build their confidence and develop their ability to communicate powerfully.

I support clients through working one on one, in groups and through blended learning programmes.


Earlier in my career, I was an Operations Manager, and occasional Project Manager, for about 12 years. This part of my career helped me learn what works and doesn’t work (the hard way…) when it comes to leading and influencing people. It also ignited my passion for wanting to understand psychology and how our brain works.

Over the years I’ve developed a keen interest in how to support people to cultivate wellbeing, be more resilient, manage stress and feel more confident. We live and work in complex environments and have to deal with continual change.  Sometimes this is exciting and fun and sometimes it can be challenging and overwhelming.  The more people can cultivate the skills to navigate these challenges, the more successful and happy they’ll be.  My role is to support you to do this more effectively

When I’m not working you’ll find me hanging out with family and friends, having fun with my dog Bailey, studying something(!), doing volunteer work, travelling and getting out in nature.


Michelle is warm, insightful and highly skilled. She is a true professional coach.

My coaching qualifications and frameworks that I use include:


  • Certified Coach: Conversational Intelligence™
  • Master Practitioner and Trainer: Neuro Linguistic Programming 
  • Master Coach & Trainer: mBIT
  • Certified Leadership Coach: Babcock Coaching Methodology
  • Accredited Facilitator: DiSC Profiling
  • Five Behaviours of Cohesive Teams Facilitator
  • Accredited Coach & Trainer: The 10 Behaviours of Successful People
  • Accredited Master Coach & Trainer: BravaTrak High Performance Coaching
  • Positive Neuroplasticity Practitioner & Trainer
  • Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioner and Trainer
  • Certified 6-Step Belief Change Practitioner and Trainer
  • Blanchard SLII Trainer
  • Emotional Culture Deck Practitioner

“One of the most powerful development experiences of my whole career.”

“Professional coaching with Michelle has been one of the most powerful development experiences of my whole career. Michelle brought together a huge range of practical tools and models, and effortlessly combined this with her considerable coaching talents. Working with Michelle has helped grow my confidence, as well as practice some great new ways of working that really suit my style.”


“NLP has helped shift my anxieties and fears I had with flying and general self confidence with public speaking.  I am amazed at how well the treatment worked on me, and I encourage anyone who might be struggling with things similar to this, to give it a try and see the difference it can make to your everyday life.”

Nicholas Brinkman