Mary MacKenzie is an Early Years Professional committed to the improvement of quality of experience and equality of opportunity for all young children. She was born and educated in South Africa. She qualified as a Nursery Teacher (Early Childhood) there and practiced for a number of years before moving to England. She has taught in early years schools in England and lectured in child-care at a number of colleges. She is now Quality Improvement Advisor for the Early Years and Childcare Service of Surrey County Council in England and has been an integral part of the team which has developed and delivered the quality improvement processes. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Child Success in Greenville, South Carolina.