Mary has been flooded herself on many occasions and has extensive experience in supporting and advising the victims of flooding during their recovery. She has championed the promotion of individual household resilience and is a passionate advocate of empowering communities to recognise and take responsibility for minimising their collective flood risk.
Mary has represented the ‘voice of the flood victim’ at government level, she appears regularly on national TV and radio during a flood event,and speaks at many flood risk management national and international conferences.
Mary was the CEO of the National Flood Forum from 2006/10 and now holds a similar position for the ‘Know Your Flood Risk’ campaign. She is also the Chair of the Flood Protection Group for the Property Care Association and a member of the Regional Flood and Coastal committee for Anglian Northern. She runs her own consultancy (MD Associates) specialising in raising awareness of flood risk, how to militate against it and recover from it. She regularly works alongside Local Authorities during community engagement events and was recently employed to engage with communities at risk of surface water flooding, as part of the ‘Pathfinder & mini Pathfinder Project’ for Northamptonshire County Council. Mary is a member of the transition panel for Flood Re and regularly supports the victims of flooding on a voluntary basis. She also presented the recent Cabinet office videos promoting the uptake of the £5k repair and renew grants.
Mary is the co author of The Guide to Flood Recovery, The Home Owners Guide to Flood Resilience and A 4-Step guide to preparing a Household Emergency plan.
Mary was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009. In Dec 14 she was awarded an HonRICS, in recognition of her high profile standing up for the public interest regarding flooding. Mary was also given the ‘Voice of the Customer ‘award at the CII Public Interest Awards 2015 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England in July 2015