Mark’s career encompasses business, journalism, volunteering, politics and the Royal Navy.
He is the Chief Executive of The Business Services Association (BSA). The BSA works with industry to promote best practice, apprenticeships, job creation, investment and innovation across the UK’s private and public sectors.
As an Honorary Commander in the Royal Navy Mark supports the Senior Service in a number of areas. This includes working with the charity the White Ensign Association as an Advisor, helping Royal Navy personnel transition from Service to civilian life. He is affiliated to HMS Kent.
For the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Mark is a member of the Advisory Council.
Mark is a member of the board of London University's Birkbeck College's Centre For The Study Of British Politics And Public Life.
He is a Prince’s Trust Mentor and works with young people across the Isle of Wight and Hampshire.
He was ordained into the Church of England by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, in St. Paul’s Cathedral.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; The Linnean Society of London; and The Royal Geographical Society. He is a Freeman of the City of London.
Mark holds degrees from three universities: B.A. (St. Mary's University), B.Th. (St. Stephen’s House, Oxford University), M.Sc. (Birkbeck College, London University). He is an alumnus of the Leadership for the 21st Century: Chaos, Conflict and Courage course at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University. He undertook NCTJ training at Harlow College
In the Isle of Wight Mark has served as a Magistrate (JP), a trustee of the Classic Boat Museum, and a governor of St. Mary’s School Ryde and St. Thomas’s School Carisbroke. In August 2015 Mark abseiled down the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth, raising over £1,600 for the Isle of Wight branch of Age UK. He enjoys boating of all kinds, and in 2001 crewed in the Round The Island Race.
In 2005 he was a Parliamentary Candidate.
He was one of the very first to join William Hague’s leadership campaign in 1997. He then served as Hague’s Assistant Private Secretary during his first year as Leader of the Conservative Party. Prior to this he was political assistant to Virginia Bottomley when she served as Secretary of State for Health and then National Heritage.
Before the BSA Mark was Director of Communications for the British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.
For six years he was 'Lobby' Correspondent for two UK national newspapers, the Sunday Express and subsequently The Mail on Sunday. During this period he interviewed many leading politicians. He also led a successful campaign to allow the Union Flag to be displayed on British car number plates. Briefly at the start of his career he did spells with the public communication businesses Hill & Knowlton and GJW Government Relations Ltd.
With his friend Iain Dale he founded Biteback Media Ltd, owners and publishers of the political magazine Total Politics. He was a Director of the business until it was sold.
He is married with two children.