About Mary

Helping teams and leaders perform better at work

Mary started her career as a radio and television journalist, then moved into corporate public affairs, where she specialised in the relationship between business and government.

Her expertise in cross-sectoral networks as a director of the Whitehall and Industry Group, led her to become the founder chair in the UK for what has become New Zealand’s most successful expat network.

In 2008, Mary had returned to her original love of journalism, editing a magazine, when her husband died unexpectedly. She trained as an executive coach to take on his clients, and build on his track record of supporting women in leadership roles.

Mary’s strengths are in:

  • Building confidence and skills in networking, chairing meetings, and setting priorities

  • Developing a leadership style which is sustainable and authentic, based on strengths and candour

  • Improving business relationships, problem solving and personality differences in a business environment.

  • Team coaching with a focus on performance, feedback from stakeholders and team dynamics

In addition, Mary works with the founders of political parties in countries where there is a desire to see more women in power.

She also uses her breadth of experience as a speaker and chair of panels, especially related to women in public life or leadership.

If you’d like to know more about my personal story, watch this TedX from Woking 2015. The theme was transformation.



Mary is an intuitive and intelligent coach, presenter and strategist. She has a seamless ability to determine key issues and interact with clients to resolve them. Comibines a first -rate analytical approach with cogent practical solutions for all levels.

Heather Kirkup - (Career Coach)


Mary delivered a compelling, informative and uplifting talk, with lots of strategically researched examples. Her warm friendly nature makes Mary so approachable and easy to connect with. I recommend Mary so highly!

Andy Dunn - (Leadership Coach)


Working with Mary has transformed my perspective on leadership and ability. We have worked together since 2011, over a period when I have been based at three different universities across three countries. I particularly value the example that Mary sets through her professional practice, which is intelligent, courageous, and honest. I appreciate her deep knowledge of evidence-based literature and her skill in recommending reading material that I can engage with alongside our discussions. Mary’s coaching helps me to shape my professional life in ways that make it exciting, focused, and meaningful.

Charlotte Greenhalgh - (Lecturer)