Margaret has a BSc (Mathematics) from Victoria, a Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) and a BCom (Accountancy) from Auckland. Following this, she worked at Murrays Bay Intermediate School for 25 years as the Executive Officer and a member of the Executive team.
Margaret is a member of the North Shore Branch of Graduate Women New Zealand and has served on the National Executive on three occasions in the role of treasurer. She is the Academic Dress Convenor for the North Shore Branch and has managed the regalia hire for Massey Auckland since its inception in 1993. She is an honoured member of the North Shore Branch and a Member Emerita of NZFGW.
Her other associations include being a member of Zonta North Shore Auckland and the current treasurer of NCW Auckland. For many years Margaret has been the chair of Northbridge Lifecare Trust, which is a charitable retirement village on the North Shore.
In 1999, Margaret was appointed a trustee of New Horizons for Women Trust and served as Chair from 2002-2005. And in 2010 was awarded membership of New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to women.
Margaret is married and has three adult sons, an adult daughter and 6 grandchildren. Her hobbies and interests include family, theatre, travel, current affairs interest groups, cooking, reading and puzzles.