Mark first came to Yorkshire in the early 80s to train in Theatre Arts at the University of Leeds’ Bretton Hall, and has now worked in Leeds for 20 years.
Before returning to the city, Mark’s work spanned 15 years as an actor and director in theatre and performing arts with close links to the Liverpool Theatres, and working nationally and internationally including projects in Sri Lanka, Turkey and Spain. He was also co-director of the Liverpool Everyman Theatre with 300 members from across Liverpool’s diverse communities. Mark then branched out into live radio as a news and current affairs Studio Manager at the BBC World Service. His career in Yorkshire has included as Theatre Officer with Arts Council England where he implemented the Theatre Review for the Yorkshire Region, worked on strategic initiatives including combatting institutional racism in theatre and moved on to become Acting Head of Performing Arts and then Senior Manager, Funding Programmes delivering major grants schemes and maintaining a strategic overview of the Arts Capital Programme in the North.
As a freelance arts consultant Mark became Executive Director for the national and international touring company Unlimited Theatre in Leeds and then Executive Director for the acclaimed Phoenix Dance Theatre working in tandem with award winning Artistic Director Sharon Watson.
Mark has built close working relationships with most of the major arts organisations in Leeds and Yorkshire as well as supporting a great many small and medium sized organisations and individual artists.