Donald joined the University in 2006 as Director of Finance and was appointed Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources) in 2009. Donald's remit includes responsibility for Estates and Facilities, Sustainable Development, ICT and Finance.
Prior joining the University he occupied senior finance roles at Westminster Council (2005-2006); AWG Anglian Water plc (2001-2005); Scottish & Newcastle plc (1990-2001) and Heron Corporation (1985-1990).
Donald is a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) and a graduate of the University of Edinburgh.
During her early academic career she specialised in medieval Icelandic literature, studying at the Universities of Liverpool, Oxford, and Leeds, before undertaking a postdoctoral year at the University of Oslo.
She then trained as an EFL lecturer and moved to the Middle East, where she later set up and ran a range of small businesses in retail, training and professional services, and completed her MBA (Durham University).
A decade later, she returned to the UK and joined the University of Abertay Dundee, where she developed and managed overseas collaborations, before becoming a Head of Department (Marketing) and Head of Dundee Business School, in which role she managed a business incubator, oversaw a commercial consultancy unit (Scottish Economic Research) and the development of Abertay's work with the Food and Computer Games industries in particular.
She was appointed Vice Principal (Academic Development) at Abertay in 2007, and moved to a similar role at the University of Bedfordshire in 2009.
At the University of Bedfordshire she leads the development of the curriculum, and teaching and learning, and has a leading role in partnership development (UK and overseas), quality assurance and organisational development.
Mary has overall responsibility for the quality of the learning experience, including the work of the Centre of Learning Excellence to integrate into the curriculum the knowledge and skills that support enterprise, environmental sustainability, and global citizenship.