Margaret Jackson, AC

Chairman, Qantas Airways Limited

Australia’s Qantas: Bold, Brave & Innovative

The Australian public servant Sir Roland Wilson had a long and illustrious career. He was also a proud and active Chairman of Qantas from 1966–1973, during a time of extreme turbulence for the company. In Sir Roland’s address on the airline’s fiftieth anniversary, he declared that it was a near miracle that the company had lasted so long, and done so well.

In this lecture, Qantas Chairman Margaret Jackson considers the modern challenges faced by Qantas and describes how the company is drawing on its tradition of being bold, brave and innovative to survive and succeed in the 21st century.

Margaret Jackson was appointed Chairman of Qantas on 1 August 2000. She was first appointed to the Qantas Board of Directors on 1 July 1992. She is also a Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and a Director of Billabong International Limited.

Ms Jackson is Chairman of the Asia Pacific Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS; a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a member of the Foreign Affairs Council; a member of the Melbourne University Business School Association; an Executive Committee member of the Australia Japan Business Co-operation Committee; and Chairmen’s Panel Member, Business Council of Australia.

Ms Jackson holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree from Monash University and completed an MBA with distinction at Melbourne University. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Monash University in December 2002 and a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the General Division in June 2003.

Listen to Lecture (MP3, 16MB, 00:47:12)

Updated:  6 July 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Foundation Director/ Page Contact:  Sir Roland Wilson Foundation