Mary-Jane was brought up in Hertfordshire and, on leaving school, studied French, German and Spanish at the Institut Francais du Royaume-Uni in South Kensington. With a Sorbonne degree in hand, she joined BOAC (later, British Airways) as a linguist.
After working at Heathrow, she spent nearly two decades overseas, mainly in the Far East and Middle East, including spells in Sudan, the Philippines and Oman.
On returning to the UK, she retrained in early years’ education, jointly setting up a nursery school which thrived for twenty-one years. Over this time, she specialised in supporting children with special educational needs.
During her time as a Loriner, Mary-Jane has developed a keen interest in a variety of equestrian pursuits in her role as Steward to the Pony Club, The King’s Troop RHA and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. She also enjoys a day at the races with friends.
Mary-Jane comes from a family of Loriners. She is Past-President of the Bishopsgate Ward Club and her interests and pastimes include canal boating, planning and planting her hillside garden and cooking – particularly a new interest in Asian and vegetarian cuisines.
She has an insatiable wanderlust which has recently seen her kayaking in the Chilean fjords, climbing a Mexican pyramid, and speeding through the streets of Jaipur on the back of a moped.
She has one son, Oliver, who is also a Loriner.