Mary is a dynamic, energetic, fun and professional MC. The Master of Ceremonies, MC (or emcee) plays a critical role at any live event. Fundamentally, the role of MC is to cultivate engagement from the audience, link the plenary speakers, and generally provide a working rhythm to ensure the event delivers to its best.
Mary can gauge an audience well and execute a plan to perfection. She comes into her own when something doesn't go to plan, and she can keep an event on track and professional no matter what is happening behind the scenes.
Mary has over 10 years’ experience as an MC. Hosting events such as birthdays, Christmas functions, charity dinners, conferences, fundraisers, product launches and even a special occasion like a wedding.
Below are just some of the references from happy organisations who have used Mary to MC their events. For more information, further references, or enquiries on how to book Mary for your next event, please contact us today.
"We are happy to let you know that thanks in a large part to you, "Stars in Yours Eyes" that you MC'ed for us raised a lot of funds for our local Hanmer Springs School. A massive thank you from the Home and School Association committee for your fabulous hosting of this years show. Your support is really appreciated. You are now world famous in Hanmer Springs!”
Peter Grant, Secretary/Treasurer
"Mary was the perfect MC for our Pink Ribbon Brunch held in June this year. She was very professional and passionate about the cause, which was reflected on the day. She was very experienced in every aspect of the day, from assisting with the models, order of the day and her humor and quick whit added to the occasion, making it an extremely fun and memorable day for everyone who attended.”
Barry - Owner, Prospect of Howick
"Mary was absolutely awesome. She understood the event and the audience and added great colour and class to the overall event. Her ad-libbing and sense of humour was great. Stress levels were high,as we had Prime Minister John Key arrive late to the event, but Mary worked closely with our Event Producer and with her natural ability to deal with the pressure of a live situation, she was able to put us at ease and really carried the show for us - which was fabulous (and with the help of a two way earpiece system). We would definitely recommend Mary and would love to have her involved in the charity again."
Bridgette Jackson - General Manager, gynaecological cancer foundation
I would like to thank you so much for hosting our Ladies Night at Varsity Rugby Club earlier this month. Your professionalism was fantastic and the way you were able to make the evening come together for us was brilliant. With you on board I was able to feel at complete ease knowing that I had you there to fill the gaps with your humour and talent to keep things going. The male review show was absolutely funny and having you edge the boys along was a complete hoot. Once again thank you so much for everything. I would definitely use you again and recommend you to host anyone’s event should they ask me for advice.”
Jan Pratt, Club Administration Manager,
Auckland University Rugby Football Club
“During May 2014, ASB introduced its Diversity & Inclusion initiative. A month later as part of this, an ever growing group of ASB employees formed a LGBTI pillar in the initiative called Unity, to support our colleagues to bring their whole-selves to work, to leverage from diversity and create a warm, inclusive work environment. In July 2014, Unity held its first event to introduce itself bank wide, celebrate the banks’ attainment of the Rainbow Tick accreditation and meet the New Zealand Falcons team. We engaged Mary to be our MC because she was able to use her own background and experiences to engage the audience at a high-level on the subject of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I). She was wonderful. Not only was she professional, flexible and fun, she introduced key speakers including ASB CEO Barbara Chapman, engaged the audience and got across the whole point behind the event. Being a bit green in organising such an event, Mary’s expertise was also incredibly supportive to our team in the lead up. I simply couldn’t have achieved such a successful event without her.”
Vanya Orme – ASB
“Stretton Clothing Company Ltd (Annah Stretton) has a long history of bringing together its retail managers for our annual conference. As you can imagine it is an ideal time to share the company vision and build team spirit. It is also a vital point in our calendar to celebrate the success of our teams' efforts for the current year. To best achieve this an evening of awards, celebration and fun is organised to wrap up the conference. We invited Mary Haddock-Staniland to MC our event. While we had a good knowledge of Mary's character before the event we were unsure of just how well she would drive our agenda for the awards dinner. Congratulations must go to Mary for her outstanding work as our MC. Professional, aware of our needs, sensitive to the mood of the audience, hilarious yet balanced and sincere when necessary. I can recommend Mary without hesitation.”
Tony Hope, GM, Stretton Group
I would like to personally thank you for your involvement in the recent RCSA PEARL Consultant Forum 2015, Recruitment ReNEWed - the Power of YOU. The forum was a huge success, and simply would not have been possible without your time and support. The foundation for the success of the Forum was in the way it fostered professional development in differing facets of the recruitment industry, business and personal growth. Your session 'Equal Opportunities and Diversity in the Workplace' was a key contributing factor to the overall success of the forum, and we are truly grateful for your dedication, experience and expertise when it comes to educating our industry.
The Feedback we have received on your session includes:
- "Engaged the audience. Knowledgeable on her topic and very passionate."
- "Very funny and engaging, amazing story and good fun to have at any event."
- "Would have liked to have heard more. A very engaging personality!"
RCSA appreciates your contribution to continuing professional educations amongst our members. I hope that you enjoyed the PEARL Consultant Forum as much as our delegates evidently did, and hope the opportunity arises to work with you in the future to continue the development of the recruitment industry towards professional excellence.”
Claudia Gray, Learning Centre & Major Events Manager,
Recruitment & Consulting Services Association