Margot Cairnes MBA B.Ed. (Hons)

Visionary Thought Leader
International Leadership Speaker
Transformational Strategist
Inspirational Published Author
Leading Edge Corporate Advisor

Margot works globally  delivering large scale transformation projects for multinationals and governments resulting in revenue growth in the billions. She has presented on leadership and change at the World Economic Forum and shared a stage with Hillary Clinton and Queen Raina of Jordan in NYC at womensfuture.com.

Working as a coach and advisor to boards and top teams in Europe, Asia, the United States and Australia, Margot has used her compelling approach to strategy development to help leaders widen and deepen their thinking, develop creativity, effectively problem solve and develop stronger, more robust stakeholder relationships.  She has headed multi-billion dollar change programmes with BP Oil Global, Nyrstar and Oz Minerals (originally Pasminco).

A university medallist (the first in 40 years) in education, Margot majored in educational psychology and economics.  After several years running a large not-for-profit organisation Margot attained an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She holds Australian Institute of Company Directors’ (AICD) board certification and has taught in, and written a textbook for, the AICD certification course. She is a bestselling author with five books on transformational leadership addressing Fortune 500 Chief Executive Officers and directors, global political leaders, and members of international think tanks as well as organisations which include BHP Billiton, Reserve Bank of Australia, Alcoa, NAB and Levi Strauss. The American Biographical Institute has named Margot Cairnes one of the Great Minds of the 21st Century.

David Williamson (Australia’s leading playwright) based his play Corporate Vibes on Margot’s book “Peaceful Chaos”.

Margot has worked extensively in community with entrepreneurs, disaster victims and those recovering from mental illnesses, including addiction.   She has served as chapter lead for the Impact Club of Australia in both Byron Bay and Brisbane.

Margot is currently working on her 6th book Strategy in motion – creating unprecedented success in times of change.  

Margot speaks regularly on themes such as:-  

The Future:- surviving and thriving through rapid discontinuous change.

 Strategy in motion – creating unprecedented success in times of change.  

Your future and how to create it

AI strategy in motion




Margot is regularly invited to world forums and has  presented over 85 keynote speeches to leaders around the globe.

Margot has presented at many international and national conferences for corporate, government, educational and community organisations including:


Chair, Judging Panel, EOWA Business Achievement Awards, Employer of Choice Awards Member, Judging Panel, Engineers Australia, Top 100 Engineers – 2007, 2010, AICD – Leading Your Organisation into the Future.


ANZ Bank
Annual Partners Conference
Australian Air Force National Mobility Symposium
Australian Council of Super Investor
Australian Davos Connection
Australian Institute of Company Directors
Blake Dawson Waldron Attorneys
BP Australia
Carter Holt Harvey
Electric Energy Society of Australia
Fortescue Metal
Gadens Lawyers

GE Money
Henry Davis York
Hewlett Packard (Paris, France)
Ingenium (New Zealand)
Maunsell Aecom
Mortgage Industry Association Australia
MOSS Sustainability Series 3 – 2009
NRMA Top Team

Proteus – Super Leadership conference
Ramsay Healthcare
Thomson Legal
WHOI website launch
World Council of Credit Unions
World Vision
WorleyParsons Best Practice Forum

Margot’s work positively impacts social, academic and political communities:


Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace 
Business Achievement Awards 
Local Government Manager Australian Annual State Conference 
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet 
Australian Women Speak Conference, Canberra 
Local Government Professionals Association 
Australian Quality Council 


Australian Universities International Alumni Convention 
Management Centre (Turkey) 
Southern Cross University 
University of NSW 
University of Western Sydney 
VET Network (Vocational & Educational Training) Annual National Conference, Brisbane 
Victorian TAFE Association State Conference 
World Congress of Colleges & Polytechnics 


Charity Awareness 
Corporate Social Responsibility Summit 
Rotary Australia 
SLAM Conference 
The Fatherhood Project 
Volunteers Australia 
Catholic Education 


Australasian Women in Engineering Forum 
Australian Council of Business Women 
Women.Future (www.wf360.com) – International Web cast from New York 
Women’s International Network (Geneva, Switzerland) 
Women in Finance 


Over 400 Articles by Margot Cairnes have been published in Australian and international print media including: 

Australian Financial RevieW
Australian Society of Association Executives (Great Southern Press) 
Business Review Weekly 
Company Director 
Director Magazine 
Engineers Australia 
Executive Excellence (USA and Australia) 

Mining Chronicle (Australia) 
New Woman 
New Straits Times 
Golden Wing 
Women & Management, New Woman 
OMNI Business 
The Age, Small Business 
The Daily Telegraph 
Sunday Telegraph 

Case Studies

Pasminco – from voluntary administration to $8billion company with an award winning environmental legacy


Portland Aluminium Smelter – From Industrial dinosaur to world bench mark


“It’s not the strongest of the species that survive.  It’s the most responsive.”
Charles Darwin

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