Margaret Staib is a non-executive director of the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, the Australian Royal Aeronautical Society, QINETIQ Australia and member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics at Deakin University. In 2017, Margaret was appointed the Chair of the Northern Territory Government Strategic Advisory Board and the Northern Territory Defence and National Security Advocate. Margaret is also a director of Chief Executive Women.
Margaret commenced her professional career as a military logistician with the Australian Air Force, after completing a Business Degree at the University of South Queensland. She also graduated with a Master of Business Logistics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 1997.
On promotion to Wing Commander in February 1998, she was appointed Staff Officer Logistics Program Management at Headquarters Logistics Command. Her exceptional service in that post was recognised when she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2000 for outstanding achievement in the field of inventory management in support of military aviation.
In June 2000 she was selected for the prestigious exchange post with the United States Air Force Logistics Staff in the Pentagon. Her service with the US Air Force was recognised with the United States Meritorious Service Medal.
From January 2009 she was appointed as Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy. In December 2009 she was promoted to Air Vice-Marshal and posted to the position of Commander, Joint Logistics. She was responsible for developing and implementing the $2.4 billion logistics reform program, a major initiative of the 2009 Australian Defence White Paper.
In 2009, she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional service to the Royal Australian Air Force and Australian Defence Force in the field of logistics strategic planning as Director of Logistics Support Agency–Air Force and Director General Strategic Logistics, Joint Logistics Command.
From the Air Force, Margaret continued her executive career as the CEO and Managing Director of Air Services Australia, the air navigation, and air traffic management organisation for Australia. There, she led significant transformation in air safety, air navigation technology and cultural change. She has subsequently pursued a career as a Non-Executive Director.
Her expertise is in defence, national security, transport and logistics, aviation and aerospace, cultural change and organisational transformation.
In addition to her business degree, Margaret holds a Master of Business Studies (Logistics) and a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies). She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Royal Aeronautical Society. She was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross and is a member of the Order of Australia. She was also a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards (2012) and was included in the AFR 100 Women of Influence (2012).
Margaret in the proud mother of twins Alexandra and Lachlan, and her hobbies include gardening and travelling with her partner Michael Archer.