Margaret Exley CBE

Margaret is well known for her Board evaluation and Board development work as well as for her advisory and coaching work with Chief Executives and senior leaders in the public and private sectors. She has worked with many household name companies including ABF, Heineken, Shell, BP, GSK, Unilever, Close Brothers, Moneysupermarket and BT, as well as a variety of central Government Departments at Executive and Board level, including the Ministries of Justice and Defence, Home Office, Cabinet Office, Department of Health, DCLG, BEIS and HMRC. She has also worked with a variety of high growth businesses and social enterprises. Margaret successfully founded and built several businesses of her own. She founded Kinsley Lord, the first UK Change Management consulting business in the mid-1980s, grew it to a sizeable business, with a significant UK presence, and sold it in the mid-90s to Towers Perrin. She then went on to lead their european consultancy business. She set up Delta Oliver Wyman UK in 2001, a subsidiary of Marsh McLennan specialising in organisational change and leadership. Following a large piece of research on the characteristics of high growth businesses, Margaret then set up Stonecourt Consulting which specialised in advising companies on how to embed these characteristics and accelerate growth. Margaret sold the firm to her partner a few years ago to focus on her Board and advisory work. Margaret was the first non-executive director of HM Treasury, a role she held for six years. She has also been a non-executive director of DVLA, the Insolvency Service and the Field Group plc as well as two major London NHS Trusts. Margaret has a First degree in Economics from Manchester University and a Master’s degree in Business from Warwick Business School. In 2001 she was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to management in the public sector. Margaret is from Sheffield, has two grown up children and lives in West London. She is a mentor on the London Business School Entrepreneurship Programme.