In 1998 Margaret was appointed as senator to the Engineering Council. She was elected in 2001, as one of the 24 members to represent all the EC Registrants, onto the Registrants Panel and College A of the engineering and technology board, and was nationally re-elected in 2004. Margaret's original degrees were in mathematics.
Margaret had been an independent member of PITCOM (Parliamentary IT Committee) and had been elected onto its council.
Margaret was responsible for introducing the first accredited European computer driving licence course in the UK at this university. She is particularly interested in encouraging part-time education, including e-learning modes of study to enable all those who are not able to follow conventional education courses, particularly in Africa, to obtain skills and qualifications which would be of use to them.
Margaret’s past hobbies were competition modern and Latin American dancing and riding, and she was chair of the Southampton Area of the British Horse Society for fifteen years, and organised many events including those for disabled riders.