Margaret Dewhurst

Business advisor

Margaret was a management consultant for much of her career. Since retiring (from paid work but not from life!), she has been and is actively involved with a number of arts organisations – a big but welcome change from her science and technology-filled working life. 1623 figures highly in her activities and interests!

Margaret's first degree was in chemistry followed by 13 years of industrial experience in sales, marketing and business development. She then did an MBA as a precursor to 24 years as a management consultant - later gaining Chartered status. She originally worked for the international PA Consulting Group (five years based in Cambridge) and latterly for a group of spin-off consultancies, most recently one of which she was a director.

As an Management Consultant, she specialized in strategy development, business process re-engineering, project management, re-organisations and business development mainly in high-tech industries. She worked on a wide range of projects internationally for large blue-chip companies with many years in Finland (a variety of electronics and process industry companies) and the Netherlands (Philips & DSM) spent protracted spells in the USA and Russia (as VP Product Engineering for a nanotech company) and Japan (LG, Hitachi & Philips). She also worked in the UK with many SMEs (small/medium enterprises) on government-backed growth initiatives like the Global Company Development Programme and Technology Foresight.  She was heavily involved with a UK science and technology think-tank CEST.

Margaret has been on a collection of boards: PA Pension Fund Trustee board, Boardroom Associates Ltd, SORIS (set up by UK government to promote the UK chemical industry) and, most recently, 1623 theatre company.

She was an active supporter and judge for over 12 years in the Engineering Education Scheme, Young Engineers for Britain, and so-called Big Bang.

In the last five years, since retiring from paid work, her voluntary work has included:

  • 18 months with QUAD as Advocate Liaison Officer
  • 5 years with Derby Arts Festival on the Council (responsible for modernization of systems – website, data capture etc – on-going)
  • Coaching - ongoing: actively working with a number of individual clients and small companies on personal, life coaching (for recent MBA students from her former SoM, Cranfield) and strategy development for a consultancy based on opera singing, another working with a group of London-based SMEs
  • Contributor to a number of books on management consultancy and board dynamics

Margaret has been actively involved with 1623 since January 2013 and is a member of the Advisory Board.

Hobbies: gym, disco dancing, decluttering (yes!), reading and fashion.

Recent short courses in WordPress, weaving and animation.


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