Mary qualified as a midwife in 1992 starting her midwifery career in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. She gained experience across all areas of midwifery practice and with career progression worked in labour suite and day-care assessment. She was active as a Royal College of Midwives (RCM) representative and a Supervisor of Midwives. In 2003 she became the National Officer for RCM Scotland however after 2 years wanted to return to clinical practice. In 2007, she took a 2-year secondment with the Scottish Government as the Maternity Workforce Coordinator and acknowledges the great privilege of working with every health board and midwifery unit in Scotland.
In 2009, Mary returned to clinical practice to refresh her clinical skills and prepare for her next workforce development and quality improvement roles; which included managing the midwifery internship programme and staff bank. In 2014, she took up a temporary development role as a senior midwife supporting the senior team and Head of Midwifery within NHS Ayrshire & Arran. Currently, she works in a strategic workforce and quality improvement role, based within Healthcare Improvement Scotland however has managed to retrain her midwifery registration. Mary said “Midwifery is my passion and I’m delighted to have started with the Maternity Network. I’m looking forward to building on successes, facing challenges and progressing amazing work with stakeholders’’.