Mary MacLeod is an independent family policy adviser and a leading voice on children and family welfare. She was the founding Chief Executive of the Family and Parenting Institute. Under her leadership the Institute became a key independent think tank, influencing government policy and the public debate on families and parenting.
Formerly of Barnardo’s, Lothian Region Social Work Department, ChildLine and the Universities of Edinburgh and North London, she has written widely about child and family welfare.
She has been a board member of the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority, the Family Justice Council, and numerous government and non-government research and policy advisory groups on children and families including the DCSF Assessment Panel on the effects of Commercialisation on Children.<
She is an Executive Board Member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety, a Trustee of Gingerbread and of the Internet Watch Foundation, Chair of the DCSF advisory group on private fostering and of the advisory Group of Safenetwork. She is also a board member of the Child and Family Court Advisory Service and a non-executive Director of the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust. In 2008 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Open University and an OBE for services to children and families.