Maria is the Chief Executive of TRAID, a UK charity working to tackle the negative socio-environmental impacts of production, consumption, and waste in the fashion industry. TRAID keeps clothes in use for longer by providing the public with a network of clothes reuse services and charity shops. It champions the powerful benefits of wearing second-hand clothes and funds global projects supporting the people and places making our clothes.
Maria has worked in the charity sector for three decades. After completing an MBA with the Open University, she became a fellow within the Faculty of Business and Law. She explains, “Every professional and personal decision we make has social and environmental impacts locally and globally. Each industry must be responsible for reversing its current trajectory of profit before people and planet. This will only be achieved through a radical collective process .”