I had the pleasure of working with Margaret through our respective roles at DfT and ORR. During that time, I chaired the Rail Statistics Management Group and it was always a much richer place when Margaret accepted the invite. In her customary honest manner, she could always be relied upon to spark the discussion and I often caught a glimpse of a mischievous glint in her eye. Margaret played a huge role in helping us to improve rail industry statistics over the last decade, always striving for us to do more, do it better and make the industry more transparent.
Outside of work, Margaret was tremendously kind and I will always remember the cuddly toy elephant she presented to me on behalf of the DfT rail stats team for my first born. That kind gesture spoke volumes for Margaret as a person and she will be sorely missed.