Mary Carter

Mary has been practising as a freelance social policy and research consultant since 1994 and has over 20 years experience in the voluntary and community sector, predominantly in the fields of homelessness, poverty and asylum.  Her particular areas of specialism are strategy, policy, organisational management and development.  She also has considerable experience carrying out qualitative surveys with service-users and staff groups.

Areas of Interest and Experience


  • Mergers, collaboration and partnerships
  • Organisational review and development
  • Sectoral review
  • Strategic and business planning
  • Qualitative surveys
  • Participation and voice of people who use services
  • Research development
  • Specialist supervision and support to research and policy teams
  • Event facilitation

Recent Assignments


  • Cluster development work in a number of projects towards the use of shared resources and capacity building.
  • Consultancy to develop a Protective Fellowships Programme for a Centre for Applied Human Rights.
  • A consultation to frame and direct a successful proposal to the Economic and Social Research Council for a large-scale research programme exploring multiple exclusion homelessness.
  • A legal, policy and evidence navigation guide around refugee employment.
  • An exploratory consultation to identify the economic benefits of client involvement.
  • Development of soft outcomes and distance travelled measures for homeless people with mental health and substance issues within the criminal justice system.
  • A strategic policy exercise to identify priorities for the NCVYS/NCVCCO
    (National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (UK) and National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations (London) partnership in their work with children and young people.

Contact Details


Telephone: 01424 718669

Mobile:  0795 755 2052

Email:  click here to send an email

Some Little Known Facts About Mary


  • I’m inspired by the VCS because it’s such a buzz to work with interesting and committed people who battle against heavy odds but still manage to come up with new ideas – and the resolve to make things happen.
  • All my life and wherever I am, people ask me where the toilets are…
  • When I grow up I’d like to be remembered as someone with passion and loyalty who laughs a lot.
  • My shameful secret is that I sometimes avoid conversations with taxi drivers about the work I do.
  • Less shamefully, I secretly enjoy late night dancing in dark and dingy clubs.
  • Don’t tell them, but my children are brilliant – quirky, good fun and excellent company.