Mary supports the development of Local Cultural Education Partnerships across North and East Yorkshire and the Humber, strengthening relationships between the education, arts and culture sectors. Mary grew up in rural North Yorkshire and is particularly interested in making high quality diverse arts and culture accessible to young people.
Whilst completing her Masters in Social Anthropology of Development at SOAS, (School of Oriental and African Studies), Mary gained experience in managing bespoke creative projects for children and young people, working with both local and international community organisations.
Mary has been Higher Education Progression Officer at Go Higher West Yorkshire/UniConnect; Secondary English Teacher in Kirklees and Barnsley; Freelance Project Manager and Station Manager at SOAS Radio, London and Education Assistant for Schools and Families at Holyroodhouse Palace in Edinburgh.
Mary enjoys volunteering and in the past has been a children’s camp leader in Mongolia, a construction assistant at Roskilde Festival in Denmark and a Troupe coordinator at the Leeds West Indian Carnival in Leeds. Mary is also a trained Youth Mental Health First Aider.
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