Since 2004 Mark has been Group Chief Executive of Depaul International, which co-ordinates the activities of a group of Depaul charities around the world, operating in the UK, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine, France and the USA. Depaul’s services provide help for homeless and disadvantaged people of all ages. He is an Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University.
Mark joined Depaul in February 1990 as one of the first employees of the charity. In 1992 he became CEO of Depaul UK, which expanded in the next 10 years to become a national charity. At the invitation of the Irish Government, Depaul began work in the Republic of Ireland in 2002 and quickly expanded into working in the north of the country as well. Depaul International was established in 2004 to become the parent company of the Depaul group of charities, and Mark moved into the Group CEO role, overseeing its expansion into the other countries listed above.
Prior to Depaul, Mark was employed at other projects working with homeless people – The Cardinal Hume Centre in London in 1989 and The Passage Day Centre in London from 1987 to 1988. Also at this time he was a Housemaster at Westminster Cathedral Choir School.
Born in 1961, Mark’s education included Ushaw College, Durham where he trained for the priesthood 1980-85 (not ordained), followed by a degree at Durham University, 1984-87 and then a Post-graduate Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management at Hallam University. Until recently Mark was a trustee of CAFOD (10 years) and he is still on the board of Mary’s Meals as well as sitting on the board of Leeds Trinity University. He provides pro bono consultancy to other voluntary sector organizations in the areas of corporate governance, strategic planning and fundraising.