Mary has been the Director of Energy and Climate Change in the Scottish Government since August 2013, having previously worked as Principal Private Secretary to the First Minister of Scotland. Mary first joined the Civil Service in 1993, joining the (then) Scottish Office. Mary has also worked in health and was involved in the creation of the Food Standards Agency.
Since the 1998 Scotland Act and Devolution she has worked in rural affairs (including the 2001 Foot and Mouth Outbreak), business and economic development, public service reform, fisheries management, HR and organisational development.
As Director of Energy and Climate Change, Mary is tasked with leading officials in the development of Scottish Government policy on oil and gas, electricity, and renewable technologies.
Mary is married with three daughters.