Dame Mavis McDonald



After completing her BSc in Economics and Politics at the London School of Economics in 1966, Dame Mavis went straight to work in the Civil Service and never looked back until her retirement in 2005. Working in a wide range of roles, including Permanent Secretary and Accounting Officer at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Cabinet Office, she was involved in housing, planning, regeneration, neighbourhood renewal, social exclusion, countryside policy, and local government structure and finances.

Dame Mavis is an independent member of the Council of the University of Cambridge, a trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Chair of the Catalyst Housing Group, the Public Sector Construction Clients forum for the Office of Government Commerce, and the Standards Board of the Commercial Landlords Accreditation Scheme for the British Property Federation.

  • 14 February 2017, 12:45pm

    Devolution and inclusive economic growth (Manchester)

    Devolution offers new opportunities for inclusive economic growth. This workshop will bring together academics from the Universities of Cambridge and Manchester with policy professionals from local government to explore working together in city areas to enhance economic opportunities across the population.