Mary Griffiths Clarke

Creative professional and political activist

I love people and enjoy helping others. I’m interested in the world around me and want to make it a better place. Naive? No. I’m strongly opposed to what I regard as inhuman measures against ordinary people, families and the disabled as part of austerity measures and I will fight tooth and nail to campaign against cuts and the infringement of civil liberties. For this reason in October 2012 I joined the Labour Party.

I’m personable, highly motivated and a creative thinker. I get things done.

I’m good at motivating others, identifying talent and building teams to deliver. I have over 10 years project management and film production experience and hold PRINCE II Practitioner and MSP professional qualifications. Have managed budgets in excess of £70m. I am able to combine creative, analytical and technical capabilities. I started out in the Arts Council, moved on to the Ministry of Justice and London Development Agency before setting up my own consultancy where clients have included The UK Film Council, The Guardian, HMRC, Kew Gardens, Kingston University, MTV, Parliament, Serco and Starbucks to name but a few. I have proven experience of versatility, quick thinking and innovation. I have a positive attitude and enjoy working with others on a “can-do” basis.

I’m involved in political communications, namely writing and directing documentaries. My films for the One Billion Rising campaign were shown in schools throughout the UK as part of initiatives to combat violence against women and girls and i was the first person to live stream in Parliament in 2012. My work extends beyond film making and I have delivered various workshops in schools and youth groups, as well as talks to the wider general public though a network of project partners including libraries, charities and local councils. I am a board member of the Lambeth Law Centre.

I’m a keen disability activist, having campaigned on disability issues for over 10 years. I sat on the Mayor of London’s Equalities Steering Group for three years. Since then I have worked as a management consultant advising on disability as part of change management initiatives with a strategic and delivery focus and been the Chair of Disability Labour.

I’m also interested in innovation and enterprise. I spent 3 years working on the £100m Business Link contract for the London Development Agency where I helped design and deliver interventions to combat social exclusion and increase market penetration amongst BAME, Women and Disabled business owners across London.