Margaret Gardner

Marketing and Communications Director, Practical Action
Margaret joined Practical Action in 2000, where she has established a successful marketing and communications area including overseeing the rebranding from ITDG to Practical Action. Her team lead on communications, campaigning, impact through knowledge sharing, education and fundraising. She also oversees the development of Practical Action Publishing.

Margaret is the former Vice Chair of BOND (British NGOs for Development) and is a former Trustee of the YWCA.

Margaret is interested in the potential of global movements to deliver sustainable change. She began her career in commercial marketing – working for the 80s giants Coloroll and Lonrho. In the 1990s Margaret decided to align her work more fully with her principles and moved to the UK’s leading fair trade organisation Traidcraft, working extensively across Africa and Asia, to develop Traidcraft’s Market information and market access services and providing capacity building to businesses and their support organisations internationally.

Passionate about social justice and community, she continues to be excited by the role technology can play in poverty reduction, and ambitious for Practical Action’s work.