Mark has been involved in school governance for over 21 years. He chairs two MAT boards; one a Church of England primary MAT, the other an FE college sponsored MAT with two community schools with another soon to join. He is also a governor at a college of further education. In January 2020 Mark was appointed to an IEB for a CE primary school on which he still serves.
Mark’s professional background is in policing, although he retired from the police service in September 2014. He has also been an independent child safeguarding consultant and has chaired and authored three serious case reviews, all in the North of England.
Mark was designated as a National Leader of Governance (NLG) in May 2014. He completed his DfE accredited training to conduct external reviews of governance in May 2015 and has conducted a substantial number of external reviews of governance covering primary, secondary and MAT settings through his work as a governance consultant. He was re-designated as an NLG in November 2022. He is currently the co-ordinator for governor training in Bury, a role he undertakes as vice-chair of the Bury Governor Association.
Mark brings extensive experience of effective governance in the maintained and academy sectors. He is an accredited change management practitioner and has demonstrated a sustained commitment to school governance as a dedicated system leader.