Mary joined the Board of the Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation in 2020. Mary had a highly successful 35 year career in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. A graduate of Queens University Belfast, she joined the public sector in 1979 after qualifying as a Solicitor. After 12 years in the Crown Solicitors Office she moved to the Northern Ireland Office where, over the following 21 years, she worked to successive Prime Minister, Secretary of States and Ministers. In 2010, Mary was awarded the CBE in the Queens New Years’ Honours list for her work as a political advisor to the Secretary of State. Mary is married with 2 grown up children.