“As a lecturer and researcher with a keen interest in issues of social justice and inequality, I have been so lucky to be able to consult Mary on the nature and challenges of poverty in the UK. Mary has such a breadth of knowledge in this area.  She has particularly enhanced my understanding of various definitions and metrics of poverty . This has been invaluable to my research and teaching.”

Dr. Karen Davies, Senior Lecturer- Events Management, Cardiff Metropolitan University

“At SCVS we have worked with Mary in a variety of capacities over many years. As a 3rd sector organisation, it is important that our contacts and affiliates have a thorough understanding of the role of 3rd sector groups, their needs and also their role working with community members, many of whom face particular disadvantage. Mary has a unique, expert and insightful understanding and experience of poverty and disadvantage. Combined with her commitment to developing meaningful relationships and creating effective partnerships, Mary has been a real asset to the work of SCVS, including supporting us with developing and responding to policy initiatives and speaking at our member events.”

Amanda Carr, Director, Swansea Council for Voluntary Service

“Mary is the most passionate and knowledgeable person I know when it comes to tackling poverty. She is clear and honest about the causes and consequences, and the types of actions and approaches that are needed. Mary also has a firm understanding of and interest in many connected areas such as health and the environment. She is never afraid to challenge conventional thinking and offer positive alternatives to help create a fairer and more sustainable future for everyone.” 

Philip McDonnell, Environmental Consultant, PM Developments