Mark is a well known figure in the voluntary and community sector, having previously headed up a street children’s charity Action for Brazil's Children (ABC) Trust; managed Lloyds Foundation's regional grants programme and worked as a manager for community development specialists, Community Action Suffolk.
Mark has worked with voluntary and community sector leaders over more than three decades, helping them to build more effective organisations - and achieving their social mission, income and charity ambitions. He has considerable local government experience as well, having served as a councillor for 22 years and as a member of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board. Mark has also worked as a senior Home Office Civil Servant focused on community safety and regeneration in south-east London. He also continues to undertake a wide range of voluntary roles in his community and in support of the most fragile voluntary groups in deprived and diverse community settings.
Working closely with Rachel Sharpe, Mark’s focus at CUF is on supporting the Together Network joint ventures, Near Neighbours hubs and Just Finance Community hubs to become sustainable and increase their reach through priority programmes such as Catalyst Young Leaders.