Margaret Malcolm

Margaret has over 35 years' experience in the voluntary and community sector and in local government, 20 of them at a senior level and is now director of Indigo Pearl Consulting Ltd, specialising in interim management and management consultancy services. Margaret's experience is in homelessness, supported housing, mental health, learning disabilities, substance use, community development and social enterprise.

Areas of Interest and Experience

  • Interim Management Solutions
  • Turnaround and Troubleshooting
  • Mergers and Joint Working
  • Organisational Development including strategy development, business
    planning and project development
  • Leadership development at board and senior officer level
  • Governance
  • Systems and process development
  • Finance and fundraising

Recent Assignments

  • Interim Chief Executive roles at SITRA, Ataxia UK and the TreeHouse Trust
  • Merger facilitation between Priority Youth Housing and Wayahead Housing and Support for Young People (Bristol) and between Single Homeless Project and Redbridge Night Shelter (London)
  • Organisational development, fundraising and leadership support for CEO at Brent Homeless User Group (B.HUG)
  • Grant application assessment for the London Housing Foundation


Margaret has a degree in Administration & Social Administration from the University of Strathclyde and a Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Sheffield Hallam University.

Contact Details

Telephone:  020 8549 0120

Mobile:  07799 066149

Email:  click here to send an email


Some Little Known Facts About Margaret

  • The most fun I have had in the voluntary and community sectors was organising and taking part in community carnivals where I lived in Hammersmith, London in the 1970s
  • I first got into this kind of work by volunteering and being elected to the committee of a Neighbourhood Council, also in Hammersmith
  • My job from hell was mmm… well there were many of them in my youth. Working in a Wimpey Bar was pretty spectacular when rival Glasgow gangs would come in and start fights – crockery flying everywhere, but in proper working life would have to be my first CEO position, the proverbial baptism by fire.
  • Before I’m 60 – I hope to have travelled the planet (or a reasonable amount thereof).
  • The biggest influence on me has been working as a temporary social worker as a student, seeing the abject poverty that some people lived in and how children were treated in some families