Dame Mary Marsh
Dame Mary Marsh is the first director of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, which seeks to help aspiring leaders in the third sector by providing training.
She was chief executive of the NSPCC for eight years from 2000, during which time the organisation tripled its annual output. Prior to this, her career was in education. She was headteacher of two large comprehensive schools in the 1990s, the second being Holland Park School in inner London.
Dame Mary was appointed a non-executive director of HSBC Bank plc from 1 January 2009. She was also appointed by the government in January 2009 as the interim chair of Skills-Third Sector (the new sector skills body). She has been a member of the National Council of the Learning and Skills Council since 2005 and is a trustee of Young Enterprise. She is co-chair of GRIT, the alumni voluntary sector interest group, London Business School and a governor of Shooters Hill Post-16 Campus school near her home in Greenwich.
She was a judge at the 2009 and 2011 Charity Awards.
Dame Mary was born in Liverpool and has four grown-up sons.
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The non-profit graduate job scheme Charityworks has been awarded £95,000 from the Cabinet Office to scale up its recruitment programme across the country.
Dame Mary Marsh, founder of the Clore Social Leadership programme, has said she is concerned that some graduates working in larger charities are underemployed and not used to their full potential.
The voluntary sector should create a “data manifesto” that identifies who holds data about the sector and enables the sharing of data, recommends Dame Mary Marsh’s review of leadership and skills in the social sector.
The battle has not been won. Women have been allowed into the game but they are still, very much, playing by men's rules. Just talk to women who have the temerity to take time out from their careers to have children about the effect it has on their pay and career prospects, if you need evidence for that.
While management in the charity sector has changed significantly in the past few decades, a reluctance to invest in governance has led to a stagnation of board structure and a lack of diversity, according to Dame Mary Marsh’s review of skills and leadership in the social sector.
Former NSPCC chief executive and Charity Awards judge Dame Mary Marsh shares some thoughts on effective leadership in the social action sector.