Currently holds the post of Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln, a university with a strong presence in arts education and a deep commitment to providing artistic and cultural activities for the public in the region. With an art background, Mary originally trained as an actor in South Africa and worked in a multi-racial street theatre company before coming to the UK in 1981. Mary set up and ran a youth theatre in South London during the 80s before moving to a lecturing position at the University of Sussex in 1991. Mary's history is one that means she has had to question her own position and beliefs on many occasions and as a result she has developed a strong commitment to diversity and equality. Mary was appointed to the Arts Council, South East, from 2004 to 2006. Left to take up post at Kingston University where Mary was responsible for developing the cultural policy including for the University of Sussex.