About Mary Donné

I am Mary Donné MA, MCIPD.

“Thank you, Mary, for your inspirational coaching session! I feel so much more confident … now!” – Education Manager, Southampton, UK

“Mary, you’re amazing!” – HR Manager, London, UK

I am a personal performance coach, presentation skills trainer, and learning & people development specialist. I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, a UK registered learning provider, and a qualified teacher.  I hold degrees from the universities of London and York, and my Masters degree has a people development specialism. 

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I began my business career at media giant Universal Studios. I then spent three years as Co-Owner and Director of a successful entertainment company, in my hometown of London, where I managed festivals and rock gigs, working with musicians and performers. Over the course of my career, I have had the privilege of working with McCann London (previously McCann Erickson Advertising), Channel 4 Television, Film4 Limited, and Flextech Television (now Living TV Group).

After relocating to beautiful North Yorkshire I became a secondary school teacher. Since then, I have gone on to work with a diverse range of young learners and adults including non-English speakers, and those with specific challenges to learning and development. I have a particular interest in autism and neurodiversity within the workplace, and regularly deliver training for The Curly Hair Project supporting those with autism. 

Outside of work, I am an FA licensed football coach, a try-hard multi-linguist, and I’m obsessed with TV detective dramas. I regularly write, blog and speak about work, vocational education, and the future of work. I am proud of my continuing involvement with Young Enterprise as a volunteer business mentor and judge. I live with my husband and two children, and am counting down the days until Euro 2020.


 Why not contact me and see how I can help you? It costs nothing to ask!