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 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.
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
Carter Holt Harvey
Electric Energy Society of Australia
Henry Davis York
Hewlett Packard (Paris, France)
Ingenium (New Zealand)
Mortgage Industry Association Australia
MOSS Sustainability Series 3 – 2009
NRMA Top Team
Proteus – Super Leadership conference
WHOI website launch
World Council of Credit Unions
WorleyParsons Best Practice Forum
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
Corporate Social Responsibility Summit
The Fatherhood Project
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
Executive Excellence (USA and Australia)
Mining Chronicle (Australia)
New Straits Times
Women & Management, New Woman
The Age, Small Business
The Daily Telegraph
“It’s not the strongest of the species that survive. It’s the most responsive.”
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