Mark is Chief Executive of the Business Services Association.

He is Deputy Chairman of the news and comment website Reaction.


Mark holds a number of voluntary appointments, including:

Honorary Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve. Affiliated to HMS Kent. He is an Honorary Member of the Naval Staff.

Ambassador for the Association of Royal Navy Officers and the Royal Navy Officers Charity.

Careers Advisor for the White Ensign Association.

Special Advisor to UNICEF UK.

Member of the Advisory Board of the Royal United Services Institute.

Member of the Advisory Board of Birkbeck’s Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life.

Priest in the Church of England.


He is a Fellow of:

The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce

The Royal Geographical Society

The Linnaean Society of London

The Zoological Society of London

The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland

The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland


He holds the following degrees:

BA in English, Theology and Religious Studied from St Mary's University.

BTh in Theology from Oxford University.

MSc in British Politics and Public Administration from London University.


Courses and training undertaken include:

Harvard’s Kennedy School Executive Programme: Leadership in the Twenty First Century - Chaos, Conflict and Courage.

National Council for the Training of Journalists course at Harlow College.

Ignatian Spirituality programme at the Anglican Centre, Rome.

Britannia Royal Naval College induction programme.


Previously, at various times Mark has:

Been a candidate for Parliament.

Co-founded Biteback Media, publishers of the magazine Total Politics. Was a director of the business until it was sold.

Served as a governor of three different state schools.

Served as a Magistrate (JP).

Been a Classic Boat Museum Trustee.

Served as a Prince’s Trust Mentor.

Crewed in the Round The Island Race.

Raised over £1,600 for Help The Aged by abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth.

Was Political Correspondent for the Mail on Sunday for six years.

Served as an Advisor to William Hague as Leader of the Conservative Party and Virginia Bottomley as Secretary of State for Health and then National Heritage. 

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