A fully trained and qualified BLUE BADGE TOURIST GUIDE accredited by the Scottish Tourist Guides Association since 1999, Since 2001, Mary is also a dedicated TRAINER AND FACILITATOR in guiding skills, and is the former COURSE DIRECTOR for the Blue Badge Scottish tourist guide qualification. Accredited by the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) as a LEAD INTERNATIONAL TRAINER since 2008 and as a Trainer for the European Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (FEG) since 2009, Mary trains tourist guides in Europe and around the world. Elected onto the Executive Board in January 2017, Mary is the WFTGA VICE PRESIDENT.
FULLY BILINGUAL IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH Mary is part of the Scottish Diaspora, having grown up and lived in Buenos Aires for 20 years, nurturing both Latin and Celtic roots.
MEMBERSHIPS & DELEGATION ROLES
2011-2017 Member of FEG (European Federation of Guides) Training Consultative Group
2011-2017 STGA UK delegate for WFTGA International Conventions (2011 Tallinn, 2013 Macau, 2015 Prague, 2017 Tehran)
2007-2011 WFTGA Area Representative for the Spanish Speaking Americas
2002-2004 Steering Committee for World Federation of Tourist Guides Association 2003 Convention
2001-2004 Chairman of the Edinburgh Branch of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association