Mary Mandefield is a presenter and journalist living in London - she’s an advocate for finding power in your voice, using your platform for good and making a change in your own way. Mary has her own Sunday Breakfast Show on Hits Radio and is also across various radio stations including 2 cover shows on BBC Radio 1XTRA Talks and Life Hacks.
As a journalist, Mary focuses on breaking down complex topics to make them accessible and understandable to youth audiences. Her series, Make it Make Sense for the News Movement asks ‘where are all the Black women on bikes?’ and ‘does your faith impact your career?’. Mary has a new podcast ‘Noted’ offering a space for curiosity, exploration and understanding, this new podcast will tackle the issues that are cutting through for a Gen Z audience. From contraception to the cost of living, to disability to drugs, to films and festivals, the series will take a deep dive on the stories that matter.
Mary has hosted events for Soho House, The North Face, the Radio Academy, the British Science Festival, University for the Creative Arts and Oxfam. A frequent guest on panels - she’s taken to the stage for Universal Pictures, D&AD and Community Media Association. She’s worked on content for Bumble, Barbour, Capital FM, The Hook and done voice overs for Wet Leg, Arrive, PureGym and Shopify.
As a writer, Mary’s words have been shared in Stylist, Hush and gal-dem. Always keen to share her advice and experience with others, her weekly newsletter ‘Making Moves’ gives a behind the scenes look at the projects she’s working on, insight on trends, conversations across the industry and job and funding opportunities in media.
Always looking for an adventure, instead of going to University, Mary spent extended time in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, France and loved travelling to new locations. Passionate about supporting young talent, she’s been a long standing sponsor to Otjikondo School in Namibia and is a mentor for The Step-Up Sorority. As a campaigner for equality, Mary has spoken on behalf of the Malala Foundation at the Houses of Parliament and has represented the ONE campaign at the European Parliament.