Marion has over twenty five years’ experience in historic buildings conservation. After a degree in Archaeology and Geography at Nottingham University, she worked as an archaeologist in Lancashire and in Winchester. Historic buildings became her main passion, and led her to the MA in Conservation Studies at the University of York in 1990. For the national Listed Buildings Resurvey in the mid-1980s, she assessed buildings for listing in Wiltshire. She then spent eleven years as a local authority conservation officer in North Yorkshire and for Sheffield City Council. She joined English Heritage as a Historic Buildings Inspector for the North West Region in 1999, becoming a team leader in 2004, and contributing to published guidance on Access and Historic Buildings.
She has served on Diocesan Advisory Committees in Sheffield and Manchester and was a member of the Carlisle Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee. She is a full member of the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation, and is active in the North West Branch. Since 2012 she has been a tutor on the Understanding Place course at the Department for Continuing Education of the University of Oxford. Her areas of interest include vernacular, industrial and Victorian buildings and historic towns and areas, and she enjoys working in multi-disciplinary teams on complex sites. In her spare time she likes to be outside, growing vegetables or walking and running in the Peak District.