Maryanne Burton has over 40 years’ experience within the voluntary sector, including four years on the governing board of the British Red Cross. From 2005 to 2017 she was Head of Volunteering at the BRC. Her role includes setting policy and direction of travel for over 25,000 volunteers who provide services with a diverse range of skills. Maryanne holds a MSc in Voluntary Sector Management. She believes passionately in the ethos of voluntary service. Her background is recruitment and conference organising – on a grand scale (800 participants)

Maryanne sits on a number of volunteering groups in the UK and within Europe to develop volunteering management skills. Maryanne is a fully trained delegate on the British Red Cross Psycho-social Support Register who support British Nationals affected by emergencies abroad working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Maryanne is a long standing magistrate, sitting in Wiltshire. She is a member of the Wiltshire Advisory Committee who select and monitor magistrates. In her spare time, she cooks, walks, travels and loves the opera and ballet.