Maria is an accomplished leader, with a strong record of excelling in management and programme delivery within large organisations. Her expertise span across and has expanded from commercial demands to nurturing emerging talent through career mentoring, resulting in significant positive impact. A fervent advocate for mentorship, Maria founded Lollipop Mentoring CIC to empower black women by fostering essential career connections, as she recognises and champions the value of true mentorship in creating positive outcomes for black women, not only in their career progression but also in their own personal development. Her passions also cover the promotion of inclusivity in the workplace through Lollipop Mentoring CIC and her work as a culture consultant. Her recognition of the importance of building strong relationships and teams and creating inclusive environments displays her drive for creating constructive and sustainable growth, culminating in a meaningful legacy.