Margaret O'Connor

Meanwhile Consulting

Overview

Margaret has excellent facilitation skills which she uses to support organisations to develop and improve. Her approach is collaborative using a range of techniques to involve, support and empower clients to explore, innovate and plan. Margaret’s analytical and writing skills enable her to research, review and consult to produce high quality deliverables including business plans, feasibility studies, options appraisal reports, fundraising plans and strategic plans. Margaret developed her skills through experience as a senior manager and her studies to gain a Masters in Business Administration in 2014. She moved from local government to become CEO of an enterprising arts and health charity in 2015. She has a particular interest in organisational development including support for both governance and operational management. She has designed surveys to audit board skills, knowledge and experience for many clients. Working in partnership to analyse the results, she has advised on board effectiveness, development needs, succession plans and further development of the governance framework. Margaret has provided advice and support to charities and social enterprises in Scotland for over five years.

Clients have included arts and heritage organisations, local community groups, care and support agencies and networking groups. She has extensive experience of supporting project development including the preparation of feasibility studies, business plans and options appraisal reports. Margaret has supported many organisations to build their capacity including planning for income diversification, support to plan for community asset transfer, strategic review and service redesign. She works independently and also alongside other consultants for team projects commissioned by national agencies such as Scottish Futures Trust and Creative Scotland.


Clients

Margaret has worked with a range of clients including WithYOU social care charity (governance effectiveness review), Dumfries & Galloway Council (Kirkcudbright Art Galleries Business Plan), Regional Film Scotland (Feasibility study, touring and part-time cinema), Filmhouse (organisational development). outline business planning for Community Asset Transfer projects (Princess Louise Hall Rosneath, MurrellHaus Trust), Community Development Trust projects (Lenzie co-housing, Wester Hailes, Lossiemouth), Strategic plans (Edinburgh Food Social, Granton Hub), Business plans (Aberdeen Arts Centre, Dalmeny Kirk, Glasgow Zine Library, Toonspeak youth theatre), Development Plans (Friends of Cathcart Cemetery, Inverkeithing Heritage Local History Society) and a range of organisational development projects (Crieff & Strathearn Museum, Sustainable Kirriemuir, Sanday Business Forum, Open Door Scotland, Refugee Survival Trust).


Qualifications

Margaret gained a Masters in Business Administration with merit in 2014 from the Open University. She has a first degree in the History of Art, Design & Film and a masters degree in Film Studies.


Experience

Margaret worked in senior management in local government as a Cultural Services Manager with responsibility for arts, museums and heritage for over ten years. She also worked as a Senior Manager in Adult Social Care and subsequently spent four years as Chief Executive of a national charity, Art in Healthcare. During her career, she was seconded to Scottish Government to work on cultural policy and develop a self-evaluation toolkit for the arts and sports sector. Margaret has been an Associate of Community Enterprise since 2022 and has been responsible for developing and delivering a range of consultancy projects for social enterprises and enterprising charities. She has also worked as a team member with other consultants to support large scale projects on a sub-contracted basis.