Mary with Ivan at the Derby Lodge sensory garden

Mary became a Trustee in 2014 and sits on the Services and Quality Committee.

She was Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames from 2012 to 2013 and, as a Councillor, was Disability Champion for the Borough from 2010 to 2014.  She is registered blind and for many years has championed the rights of vulnerable groups like the young, disabled and elderly, addressing many issues including the provision of health and social care.

Her civil service career included roles in the Department of Energy, the Cabinet Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office among others.

Whenever I visit a SeeAbility service I always leave inspired by the quality of the staff, their ability to create a "home-from-home" and their commitment to those in their care.