- Job title:
- Hartpury College Governor
Mary has been a passionate and enthusiastic professional in the Further Education sector for over 30 years as a teacher, manager, leader, governor, adviser and policy maker.
After 11 years as a teacher and manager in FE Colleges, she moved on to regional and national posts in the Further Education Funding Council and the Department for Education. She then became a National Director at the Learning and Skills Council from where she was seconded to the Andrew Foster Review of Further Education and then to the 157 Group of Colleges as its founding Director. She also served on an FE College Board for 5 years.
Mary returned to FE College roles in 2008, joining Warwickshire College as VP Strategy and then Deputy Chief Executive of the Warwickshire College Group, followed by Group Executive Director People and Partnerships. As part of the Warwickshire College Group roles, her senior leadership responsibilities ranged across the Group’s 6 Colleges, including the 2 land-based ones.
From 2015 to 2019, she was an independent FE College consultant and adviser, working mainly on College mergers, including a successful 3-way London Colleges merger. Most recently, she led on a College Structures and Prospects Appraisal (SPA) process and supported the College Board on the merger outcome, acting in the process as Interim Clerk to the Corporation.
Mary was appointed to the College Board in October 2019. She is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.