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  Mary Smieton  
   
 
 

Mary Smieton (1902-2005) was the first director of personnel in the United Nations (1946-1948). She held this position on secondment from the Ministry of Labour in the United Kingdom, returning to the ministry as permanent secretary. She was made a Dame for her contribution in 1949 and retired from government service in 1963. During the 1960s she served as the UK representative on the board of UNESCO. She was born in the UK and was educated at Cambridge University.

 

 
   
 
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