Mary is a leadership and governance consultant, executive and team coach, and Director of Leading Minds Consulting. She has over 15 years’ experience of leading strategic change at board level in the education and health sectors and has designed national leadership development programmes for CEOs and non-executive directors with a focus on leading change and the emotional dynamics of boardroom behaviour for good governance and corporate leadership. Mary is co-director of the Advance HE’s University Clerks, Secretaries and Governance Professionals Programme, and produced the ‘governor dialogues’ series of interviews and short films. She specialises in the psychology and psychodynamics of organisational behaviour and leadership, and has a special interest in the impact of board dynamics on behaviour and performance. She coaches university executive board members and teams to increase their leadership and governance effectiveness as members of the university’s executive and leadership teams and also undertakes governance reviews.
Before moving into consultancy her leadership roles included Director of Executive Leadership Development and Governance at the Centre for Excellence in Leadership, Executive Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board at Thames Valley University, First Clerk to the HEFCE council and Secretary to Lord Dearing’s working group on producing a guide for governors in HEIs, Director of Planning, Standards and Performance with the sector skills council for higher and further education. Mary has served as a non-executive director on a university board of governors, an independent hospital, several national committees in education, and is currently trustee of a mental health charity.
Mary holds a Masters degree in Sociology and postgraduate qualifications in education from St. Mary’s University, and in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regents University. She is an alumna and graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Executive Education Program in ‘Adaptive Leadership’, trained in consultation, organisational behaviour and group dynamics at the Tavistock, and as an executive and team coach at Ashridge. She was a visiting faculty member of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral training at Canterbury Christ Church University until 2015, and was External Examiner for Cambridge University’s Certificate and Diploma programmes in coaching until 2017. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and the Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council. She is also an accredited Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and AEM-Cube team diagnostic practitioner.
Mary is co-editor and author of Creating a Coaching Culture for Managers in Your Organisation (2013, London: Routledge).