Dr Mary Gaughan




For more than 20 years, Mary worked in executive education, with world-class business schools including Ashridge, Cranfield University and Imperial College. Mary joined GGI in 2021.

She has designed and delivered executive development programmes for global organisations in the UK, Europe, North and South America, Middle East and Asia, including the Cabinet Office, NHS, Phillips, BBC, Panasonic and the Dubai Health Authority.

Mary has facilitated board development in both the private and public sector. Projects included: board and senior executive development across three London NHS Trusts to enable greater collaboration in the fast tracking of medical research output to frontline patient care; board development on the digital transformation of frontline services in Financial Services and executive development on driving innovation and partnerships in Education.

Mary completed a PhD in governance at Cranfield University in 2014 and has since both researched and facilitated interventions on board governance, diversity and inclusion. Mary has worked with the Centre for Women on Boards and the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. She was awarded the CIPD President’s Award for exceptional services to human resources and people development in 2019.

Mary was previously HR director, head of organisational development at Time Warner and director of leadership development at Reed Elsevier. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Directors. She is a qualified executive coach and an accredited practitioner of the Royal Psychological Society. Mary holds several non-executive directorships.

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