Margaret is an experienced consultant with a demonstrated history of working across the Public, University and College sectors. In 2019 she designed the skills model for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) with Dr Pauline Anderson, and is currently involved in two projects: as international consultant leading the skills needs assessment in construction, textiles and renewables in the UNDP project Bridging the Skills Gap to Create New and Better Jobs project (with Dr Pauline Anderson); and, A Review of the Teaching of Fair Work in Scottish Business Schools – with the Institute for Employment Research at University of Warwick.
Margaret worked in the college and university sectors for twenty years across a range of areas: IT/ Computing, delivering the teaching qualification for college lecturers, research fellow at the Centre for Research and Lifelong Learning, and Articulation Partnerships manager. She moved into the public sector at Skills Development Scotland firstly as Programme Manager for Employability and latterly, as Programme Manager for the Centre for Work-Based Learning (CWBL). She has extensive experience of strategic project and programme management across a wide range of disciplines.
Her research focuses on vocational education systems, critical pedagogies, transition, articulation pathways, work-based learning, RPL, skills development, skill ecosystems, fair work, the future of work and new/green jobs.