Following a two year secondment from Tameside Council to develop and lead a business recovery plan, Mark was appointed as Chief Executive of Tameside Sports Trust in January 2013. Mark successfully led the transformation of the Trust, resulting in the recovery of a significant financial deficit and reduction in operating subsidy of over £1m over a two year period from 2010. This work involved service improvement and a significant increase in participation.
In 2006 Mark became Head of Sport and Physical Activity at Tameside Council. Mark wrote and led the delivery of Tameside’s 10 year Sport and Physical Activity Strategy. Mark successfully expanded the Sports Development Service from an operating budget of £0.7m to £1.4m. Based upon this increase in capacity and a successful alliance of partners, including schools and public health, Mark introduced of a range of community and school development programmes for young people and adults. This work contributed to a borough wide participation increase of 3% in sport by adults aged 16+, the most significant relative increase in Greater Manchester which was recognised by Sport England and the Audit Commission as an excellent achievement.
Mark began his career as a Lecturer in Physical Education. He has experience in learning and teaching both as a practitioner, manager and later as a consultant supporting secondary schools to implement national strategies to improve learning and teaching. Mark taught A level PE and achieved a 100% pass rate for five successive years with A level PE cohorts of over 100 students per year. Mark progressed to establish a successful PE department as Course Leader at Ashton Sixth Form College. Following the launch of the National CPD Programme for PE and Sport, Mark took responsibility for the management and delivery of the programme in Tameside working with lead practitioners. The programme was acknowledged as exemplary by the Youth Sport Trust.
Mark established and led the original School Sport Partnership programme in Tameside which achieved a significant increase in the number of pupils participating high quality PE from a low baseline of 42% to 75% in two years, successfully meeting national targets. Mark was selected by the Youth Sport Trust to act as a mentor to other school sport partnership managers.
Mark’s ambition and commitment originated from sport. Mark is an accomplished sports performer, representing Great Britain in triathlon at the elite level. Amongst career milestones covered, Mark has also extended his passion for sport to others as a qualified sports coach and coach tutor / assessor.