Professor Lovegrove is a Diagnostic Radiographer by profession. She holds a personal chair in education and development for allied health professionals. Mary was awarded the OBE in the Queen's Jubilee Birthday Honours (2012) for her commitment to allied health professionals. She is also an honorary member of the Singapore Society of Radiographers.
Professor Lovegrove is the International Lead for the School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University and a Director of Allied Health Solutions. She is also a Non-Executive Director for an NHS Integrated Healthcare Trust. Formerly she was the Head of the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University.