Margaret was a lay member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians, London, and Chair of their Patient and Carer Involvement Steering Group, from 2004-2008. From 2007 - 2012 she was a lay Trustee of the College and remains a member of the Patient & Carer Network. She also sits on the Management Board of the National Clinical Guidelines Centre. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2008.
She is a lay member of the National Quality Board, advising Ministers and the Department of Health and was on the Governance Board of the Centre for Workforce Intelligence. She is a member of the Patient and Public Involvement Clinical Studies Group of the UK Stroke Research Network, and has served as a lay member on a NICE topic selection panel. She is currently a standing committee member of a NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee.
She is a Vice-President of The Stroke Association having served as Chief Executive from 1997–2004, during which time she was Co-Leader of Stroke-specific Development Programmes for the Clinical Governance Development Team at the NHS Modernisation Agency.
Margaret's career has involved posts in both academic and NHS organisations including Head of the Health and Management Development Division at the Nuffield Institute for Health, University of Leeds, and Chief Executive of the North Bedfordshire Health Authority. She is a Past President of the Institute of Health Services Management and was a member of the NHS Executive team implementing the first Patient’s Charter in 1992.
Margaret was awarded an OBE in 2004, for services to healthcare.