in Cornwall, Mark set up his first business in 1988, Global E., a music
promotions and equipment hire company. In 1991 he moved to London to
study at the University of Westminster and graduated with a bachelor's
honours degree in Business and Economics.
studied at the University of Reading where he was awarded a master's
degree in Politics under the renowned Professors John Cottingham and
Barry Jones. During this time he was twice elected as the University's
admitted to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)
in 1996 and also became a member of the Carlton Club during this time.
for two years in a joint doctorate at St Antony's College Oxford and
Reading University, though had to put it on hold when his business and
political careers took off.
author and poet, in 1992 Mark spent three months in the USA "philosophising
with a hammer", debating life, the universe, and everything. Then
after a "spiritually prolific" writing holiday in Rome in
1994, was awarded the Poetry Guild 'Editor's Choice Award' of 1995.
His first book on socio-political philosophy, A Conquest of Thoughts,
was published later that year.
fall of the Soviet Union, Mark also travelled to Eastern Europe. While
in Warsaw he joined the Polish-Lithuanian team that discovered plundered
Christian remains and burial vaults in Vilnius. Seeing first hand the
communists' repression and attempted destruction of the Church crystalised
Mark's belief in the importance of spiritual illumination and honour
in politics and society at large. He
completed his travels with teaching in Poland in 1996.
worked in the House of Commons as Parliamentary Aide to Cabinet Office
minister Robert Hughes MP, Mark then joined blue chip companies BAE
Systems and later Capgemini in high profile marketing roles. During
this time he also served as Deputy-Chairman of Harrow West Conservative
Association, and for seven years was also Chairman of the Harrow on
the Hill ward.
for Republican Senator Rod Grams in the 2000 U.S. elections he returned
to the UK and founded the VML marketing agency, and was Managing Director
for ten years. In 2011 he handed over operational control and became
Chairman of the company. Mark also advises the boards of other companies
and is a non-exec board director of the NW London Hospitals Trust.
believer in duty and service to country, Mark joined H.M. Armed Forces
in 1996 and is a
commissioned officer in the
Royal Navy Reserve. He has served with UK and NATO forces, overseas,
at sea and at
national military headquarters in Northwood.
as a Parliamentary Candidate in 2007 Mark said, "Integrity and moral
courage are not meaningless words... they go to the heart of what a
miltary officer is... and I believe the same is true of being a MP."
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a decade's past experience in various community roles -
of a conservation committee, Director of a residents' association,
Board of Trustees of a heritage charity, and a school
governor - Mark first stood for public office in 1998 and was
elected to the London Borough of Harrow in 2002, representing the ward
of Harrow on the Hill. He topped the poll and denied Labour absolute
control of the Council.
quickly promoted, being made Chief Whip three months in to his first
term, a role which he served in for three years, and then in 2005 was
appointed Chairman of the scrutiny select committee on children and
young people. In 2006 he was re-elected by the people of Harrow with
an increased majority and in May 2007 was promoted to Chairman of the
influential Performance and Finance Scrutiny Committee, which oversees
the Council's £620 million budget.
2007 he was selected in an open primary as the Conservative Parliamentary
Candidate for the Manchester constituency of Stretford and Urmston.
Mark fought various campaigns such as saving Trafford General's maternity
unit and having David Cameron visit the hospital in January 2008, stopping
the Manchester congestion charge, and helping to win medication funding
for local residents in a high profile case in 2007.
and a half years as candidate, and changing business commitments in
London at the height of the recession, the distance to Manchester became
an issue. Mark announced he would step down in October 2009.
2009 Mark became Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Forum of the Conservative
Party. His first official overseas engagement was in Macedonia in January
2010 representing the Conservative Party, with Lord Foulkes representing
the Labour Party, in meetings with the country's President and Parliament.
Affairs Forum is a Peers, MPs, and Parliamentary Candidate only group
that facilitates relationship building with individuals in foreign governments
and parliaments and also provides a media free environment where foreign
affairs can be debated and discussed among politicians from different
2011 Mark was elected to Central Bedfordshire Council representing the
ward of Heath and Reach, where he lives with his wife and three children.
Two weeks after his election he was appointed Executive Member for Children's
Services. In May 2011 he resigned his seat on Harrow Council and also
resigned as Managing Director of VML, to dedicate himself to his new
role in Central Bedfordshire.
for many years been involved in a national race relations charity with
his British-born Indian wife, and also serves on the Board of Trustees
of another charity.
Both Mark and his wife are school governors.
musician with a Grade 8 from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama,
outside politics Mark spends time with his wife and three sons, and
a little Greco-Roman history when there's no F1 on the telly.