With a first degree in English Language and Literature, a masters in business and management research and a PhD in social accounting, Mary is a Fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA). As former Director of Learning for ACCA Global she led the ACCA qualification, CPD for accountants/auditors and ACCA finance qualifications for non-accountants, social/delivery platforms for students and tutors and the exam and employer accreditation schemes. With responsibility for over 500,000 students and 200,000 members her experience of learner needs spans both SMEs and listed companies across circa 200 countries as well as academic institutions. With industry experience herself as a leader in education, technology, manufacturing and utility businesses, professionally qualified in both marketing and accounting, she is an author of over 15 books including the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Accounting.

Mary currently holds a portfolio of roles including NEDs and national regulatory positions, and leads a commercial and education consultancy focusing particularly on developing innovative digital teaching and learning models, governance and risk management and regulatory compliance.

She has recently finished a 4 year term as a Commissioner on the all party thinktank, the Higher Education Commission, is a Queen’s Anniversary Prize Higher Education Panellist and sits on the Council of the British Accreditation Council. With contributions to parliamentary research, academic journals/books and conferences, and women in accountancy initiatives over the past 25 years, in 2016 she was awarded honorary Chartered Accountancy status for her contribution to global accountancy education.