Mary Bousted

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Bousted at a Policy Exchange event in 2013

Mary Winefride Bousted (née Bleasdale; born 15 September 1959, Lancashire, England) is the General Secretary of the teachers' union, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL).

Early life[edit]

She is the daughter of Edward and Winefride Bleasdale. She went to a catholic girls' grammar school.

She attended the University of Hull, gaining a BA. From the Institute of Education she gained an MA. Later from the University of York she gained a PhD.


She taught English from 1982-7 at Bentley Wood High School in Harrow. From 1988-91 she was Head of English at Whitmore High School in Harrow.

From 1991-5 she was a lecturer at the University of York, becoming Director of Initial Teacher Training from 1995-7.

From 1997-9 she was Head of Secondary Education at Edge Hill College (became Edge Hill University in 2006), then at the School of Education at Kingston University from 1999-2003.[1]

In July 2010, Bousted was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Edge Hill University.[2]

In September 2016 she was elected as President of the Trades Union Congress for 2016/17. [3]


She became General Secretary of the ATL in 2003.

Personal life[edit]

She married Donald Bousted in 1983. She and her husband are now separated. They have one daughter.


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Trade union offices
Preceded by
Peter Smith
General Secretary of the
Association of Teachers and Lecturers

Preceded by
Liz Snape
President of the Trades Union Congress
2016 – 2017
Succeeded by