I train international development organisations to use digital tools in order to share stories of impact and achieve social change.

I run training sessions in the UK and internationally on social media and digital strategy.  Clients have included CEOs and communications managers from organisations including Oxfam, UNICEF, CAFOD and Plan UK as well as national field staff.

My experience in the international development sector and knowledge of how ICTs are transforming communities in the developing world ensures training sessions address the changing landscape of global social media use as well as the latest digital marketing tips and techniques.

The three training sessions I have developed that I deliver most regularly are:

  • Planning, writing and measuring a charity blog with Drupal
  • Using Twitter to network, inspire and create change
  • An introduction to storytelling in reporting for national field staff
The training session was full of great tips for improving reach and impact. We came away with many ideas on how to improve our blog writing and keen to pass these on to our colleagues.
— Heather Rolfe, National Institute of Economic and Social Research
Mary is the perfect trainer. She has a great way with words - an ability to explain in an accessible and easily understandable way and an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of a rapidly changing media landscape.
— Mark Galloway, Director, International Broadcasting Trust

Recent training sessions


April: Storytelling and media workshop, a two-day training session for Interpal social workers, covering digital storytelling basics, consent and ethics. - Sour, Lebanon.

February: How to run a charity blog with Drupal, an extended four hour training session on how to manage a charity blog using the Drupal CMS.


December 2014: How to run a charity blog with Drupal, a training session for White Fuse Media clients looking at the blogging cycle from planning, creating and writing through to measuring and adapting.

November 2014:  CEOs on Twitter, a training session for International Broadcasting Trust (IBT) tailored to the needs of three CEOS of international development organisations.

June 2014: Going Further With Twitter, a practical training session for communications and media managers from charities including Malaria No More and Practical Action introducing tools such as Tweetdeck, Buffer and Vine.

April 2014: Designing a Digital Strategy, a workshop for Health Prom, a London-based charity wanting to improve their digital communications.


April 2013:  Using Twitter to Network, Inspire and Create Change, carried out for IBT. Attendees from organisations including UNICEF, Oxfam, WWF and CAFOD. (Slides/Storify)