Mary, a chartered accountant by training, now runs her own business consulting company. She was previously Pro Vice-Chancellor at Birmingham City University where she was responsible for developing links with businesses and community organisations throughout the West Midlands. Mary has also worked at Advantage West Midlands where she had the responsibility for coordinating and championing the Regional Finance Forum's access to finance agenda for SME's. Other previous posts include being the Finance Director for Forward Group (a private venture capital fund manager) and an Assurance and Business Advisory Partner for Arthur Andersen in Birmingham. Mary is also a Director/Trustee of Performances Birmingham, Deputy Chair of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and a Trustee of the charity Extracare.