Living in Cardiff North where I grew up

I went to primary school in Rhiwbina and then on to Whitchurch High. I became a history teacher and until 2012 was a Deputy Head in an inner-city comprehensive.

I speak Welsh and live in Rhiwbina and hugely value being part of the strong communities around Cardiff North.

Ten years teaching in the inner cityMari_School_web
I became a history teacher soon after Labour came to power. I wanted to do a job that made a difference, choosing to work in challenging comprehensive schools in London’s most deprived communities. I saw first hand the impact of Labour investment. My role as a Deputy Head teacher involved working alongside social workers on issues of child protection, managing budgets, training hugely inspiring colleagues and amazing students. My career in the public sector has given me experience and perspective of the world outside politics.

Speaking out

A passionate campaigner I was a member of Labour’s National Policy Forum, spoke at National Conference, was Chair of the Young Fabians and member of the Fabian Society Executive for 10 years. I was elected Vice Chair of Labour Students and set up London Young Labour. I also contributed to the book ‘Why Vote Labour?’, published before the last election. I have always been active as a union member and have represented staff colleagues in school.

An international perspectiveMari_travel_web
I visited schools in displacement camps in Sudan. I came back and organised a swim in the Thames raising £6000. I also formed Teachers for Darfur raising awareness of genocide, making the front page of the Independent newspaper. I cycled round some of the world raising money for schools in Africa and Teacher Support Network Cymru. The trip made me reflect on my values and my politics and I believe more passionately than ever that we need a Labour government to address the inequalities in our society. You can read more of my reflections on my blog.  www.twoteacherstwobikesoneworld.blogspot.com

My record shows my commitment to everything I do. I am ready to lead our campaign to victory at the next General Election.

Labour Party Experience

• Labour Party member for 20 years

• Vice Chair of Labour Students

• Fabian Society Executive

• Chair of Young Fabians

• Council candidate in West Hampstead

• Founder of London Young Labour

• CLP officer and branch election agent in Holborn and St Pancras

• National Policy Forum

• Candidate for Labour’s NEC

Other life experience

• Welsh speaker.

• Studied history at University College London

• History teacher for 12 years in comprehensive schools

• Accelerated Leadership Programme – Future Leaders

• Set up new comprehensive school in Hackney, judged outstanding by Ofsted

• Writer – contributor to Why Vote Labour? 2005; Dictionary of Labour Biography

• Articles published on education in The Independent, TES, Guardian Education

• Established Teachers for Darfur

• Long distance cyclist

• Open water swimmer


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