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Mary J Clarke
Mary J Clarke

Mary J Clarke


Private sector Deputy Chair, SEMLEP

Mary J Clarke is an accomplished Chief Executive Officer with a proven ability to develop and implement strategies that support business and financial objectives with considerable experience in IT and telecommunications. 

She has spent over 20 years in the IT and Telecommunications industry.  She has developed start-up businesses in the UK and Far East, served as Sales Director for Lucent Technologies, formerly A T & T Network Systems, and Value Added Network Services (VANS) Director for Digital Equipment Company Limited.  Her areas of expertise are:

  • High-Volume, High-Value Negotiations
  • Strategic/Tactical Planning
  • Multimillion-Pound Operating and Capital Budget Administration
  • Analytical and Business Development Skills
  • Raising Finance
  • Workforce Transformation

She is a Mathematics graduate from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. 

Mary, former CEO for Cognisco, an SME which addresses the challenges of ‘people risk’.  Cognisco has developed my*KNOW and run*KNOW, new SaaS products with ‘patents applied for’ and created an occupational psychology practice that supports global corporations in over 150 countries and 31 languages across all major business sectors.  Cognisco Group was established in 2008 and has five wholly owned subsidiary companies including Cognisco USA Inc.  Cogniso’s competency and compliance solutions are used by major corporations including Barclays, Network Rail, John Lewis Partnerships, Anglia Water, Thames Water, National Grid, KPMG, PWC, Eurostar, BT, NHS and many others.

Mary’s involvement in the wider community includes 16 years as a Councillor, 12 years as a Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Economic Regeneration and 5 years as Leader of South Northamptonshire Council.

In addition, she was a Non-Executive Director (NED) of West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) from 2011-2014.  

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