Mary is a retired social worker. She graduated BSc (Hons) in Geography from Bedford College, London before going on to obtain Dip. in Social Studies, London and a Dip. in Music from the O.U. She is married with three children and four grandchildren.
Mary is a keen choral singer, having sung in choirs including The Bach Choir (London), the Festival Choir (Toronto), and the Leicester Bach Choir. She was Secretary of Leicester Bach Choir for ten years and served on the NFMS East Midlands Committee for six years.