Margaret returned to Essex County Council in 1990 following a five-year career break and is currently the Executive Director for Corporate Services.
Performing a key role in the organisation, Margaret works closely with the Chief Executive and other Directors to ensure that ECC can efficiently and effectively meet its key objectives. Margaret is the statutory Section 151 Officer for ECC and is accountable for the professional functions relating to Finance, Governance of ECC, Property Strategy, Business Intelligence, Business Support, Audit, Risk Management and Corporate Operations which incorporates transactional back office functions, including payroll and purchase to pay. She is also the S151 Officer for the Essex Pension Fund, which provides pension services to over 500 employers.
Previously she was the Executive Director for Finance and had responsibility for Finance (Strategy and Management), Legal Services, Procurement, Governance, Coroners, Performance, Audit and Risk Management.
The majority of her career has been at Essex County Council, where she has held many roles. Most notably she led the implementation of the general ledger and related finance systems, saw through the safe independence of colleges from the authority, and held the post of Head of Finance for Social Services before moving to corporate finance roles, becoming the statutory Chief Financial Officer (Section 151 Officer) in 2007.
At a national level, she is an active member of the Society of County Treasurers (SCT) and has served as its children’s representative for the Local Government Group working with the Department for Education on policy development.
More recently she has been appointed to be an SCT Core Advisor to the Local Government Association. She also sits on the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Local Government Policy Review Panel.
Margaret also sits on the Department of Communities and Local Government Systems Design Group for the Local Government Resource Review.
Locally, she is a member of the Improvement East Finance Directors group and the Essex Finance Officers Association.