Mark has spent the majority of his career in the technology sector. He has served on a number of boards with a focus on Business Development.
Born in Wolverhampton, Mark's early career was at James Wilkes Ltd (a family printing business). The business was sold in the early 1980's following a period of industrial unrest, and having found himself out of work, he went back to college with the ambition of joining the RAF as an air frames engineer. Achieve a diploma in Communications and Systems Engineering, and distracted by success, Mark went on to complete a degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering at UWIST in Cardiff.
He moved to Bristol where he joined British Aerospace and worked as an engineer in manufacturing development. He was head hunted by Mitsubishi Electric and joined the sales team. After gaining an MBA in 1993, from Bath University (where he met his wife), Mark moved to Germany to join Samsung, where he spent 12 years, eventually becoming a director in the Semiconductor Division.
In 2006, he joined SiConnect, a fabless semiconductor start-up providing communication network technology. The financial crisis of 2007 caused funds to dry up and in 2008 SiConnect was sold to Poem Technologies of China where Mark became CEO. Having spent time in China, Mark returned to the UK and set up his first consultancy. In July 2008 he approached H Fine & Son Ltd, a textile engineering company, and subsequently joined the board.
Mark has been with Shirlaws since April 2012. He enjoys coaching and supporting people to enable the realisation of their goals. A cyclist and avid rugby supporter, Mark is also a keen sailor, and is always looking for a crew. He now lives in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, not far from the Beeches.