HaTCHathon judge, Margaret WrightFrom her start as a coder in the early 70s, Margaret has come full circle after senior executive roles and Not-for-Profit Board positions. She is now involved in two Australian start-ups – the National Narrowband Network (NNNCo) and QueueMetrix. NNNCo (where Margaret is Head Of Strategy, Risk and People) is establishing an Australia-wide collaborative network to support the Internet of Things and is partnering with major organisations in Australia and elsewhere to achieve this. QueueMetrix has developed a niche application that enables corporations to use modern reporting tools to monitor critical message queues. It is now in trial at 2 major Australian banks and in several North American organizations, one of which just completed and purchased LAMAXU, with interest and discussion at several other clients worldwide.

Margaret’s passion and ability to drive growth with start-ups is complimented by her experience as a former corporate senior executive, Big 4 Practice lead and expert in the review of large and complex technology projects and author. She sat on the board of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) until March 2013, was on its Audit Committee for a number of years and was responsible for the selection and transition of its current CEO. Margaret recently won a Patrons award for her contribution as an NBCF Director. She is also on the Board of World Education Australia Limited, and chaired its Audit Committee and IT Committees.

Margaret has assisted major organisations in government and private industry to deliver large-scale projects, helping organisations embed the lessons from past programs. Work has involved transformation programs totalling over $3 billion and includes work on major programs at two of the Big Four Banks and reviews for several NSW government agencies. She has also conducted a number of Lessons Learned exercises of major transformation programs for senior executives and project leadership.

Margaret was the first female partner at KPMG and a NSW Finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year. She was a member of the Australian Standards Board and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has worked across multiple industries including Financial Services (retail and wholesale banking, life and general insurance and investment banking), Property, Transport, and Manufacturing and Distribution for both private enterprise and Government.

As an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank, Margaret led a significant IT organization and achieved a major service transformation. She measurably improved service levels, turned around several ‘toxic’ vendor and internal client relationships and delivered outstanding savings – reducing headcount and budget while improving delivery.

A published author, Margaret’s book ‘Mistakes Happen, Make the Most of Them’, gives aspiring leaders and managers a commonsense view of how to be more successful, while keeping self-respect intact. Written in 2004, it is remarkably relevant today and includes advice from some of Australia’s top executives, including Michael Chaney, Gail Kelly, Gordon Cairns, David Morgan, and Allan Moss. She is now working on another book about technology and its impact on business, in particular the change in thinking required to successfully capitalise on technology in the next decade and beyond and the importance of building people capability to achieve that.