Mary Holborow

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"Lady Mary Holborow was educated at Tudor Hall School, then in Paris. She worked in the Houses of Parliament until she moved to Cornwall in 1959. It was here that she became a JP, working actively as a magistrate until she took up the post of Lord-Lieutenant of the county (1994-2011).

"Since retiring as Lord-Lieutenant she has become Chairman of the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, Chairman of Clean Cornwall, and a member of the Water Futures Panel of South West Water. She is also a Non-executive Consultant to her daughter’s PR business, Wild Card. Lady Mary is currently Patron or President of numerous charities, and a trustee of the Cornwall Community Foundation and the South West Lakes Trust.  

"In the past she has been Vice-Chairman of the Cornwall Isles of Scilly Health Authority, on the Board of South West Water plc, and Chairman of the Rural Development Commission Cornwall Committee. She was also a Board member of Devon and Cornwall Training & Enterprise Council, and Chairman of the Further Education Funding Council Regional Committee. She was a founder Trustee of the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth and a Board member of University College Falmouth for eight years. Additionally, she has been a member of the Regional Board of TSB, Director of TSW Broadcasting, and a Governor of Truro School and Cornwall College.

"Lady Mary has received several honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Exeter University (1997), an Honorary Doctorate of Busi"[1]


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  1. Eden Trust Who's who, organizational web page, accessed November 14, 2013.