Mary was a leading real estate lawyer heading teams at firms including Eversheds, Browne Jacobson and Andersen Legal and was chief executive of Birmingham Forward before retiring from full time partnership some years ago to look after her daughter who is visually impaired and has learning difficulties. Mary was also a consultant for law firm Squire Patton Boggs (UK) LLP and a non- executive director and vice-chair of Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Mary is also a trustee of The Complete Works Limited, an independent School incorporated as a charity in 1999 that enables young people in difficult circumstances to engage in education.

Mary is known as a clear strategic thinker with acute attention to operational and financial performance who habitually challenges accepted norms and is prepared to implement tough decisions when necessary but always keeping the interests of the business at heart.

A lover of all forms of sport, Mary has trekked to both the base of Everest, summiting Kala Patthar at 5,643m and to Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains in Peru. In June 2016 Mary managed to climb half way up Mont Blanc before turning back due to serious avalanche warnings.

Mary looks forward to contributing her specific skills to help facilitate the continuing development of GBWR.