After 22 years in local authority trading standards Mark became the chairman of the Trading Standards Institute in September 2014. He started his career in Lothian Region as a trainee assistant enforcement officer following brief spells as a student in Fife and Tayside regions. Mark gained experience and obtained the DCA before moving to Angus Council in 1997. After obtaining the DTS in 2003 he moved to Highland Council as a trading standards officer. Promoted in 2010 to team leader, and as part of the management team, his key areas of service delivery include weights and measures, petroleum, product safety, community safety and age restricted sales. A Trading Standards Practitioner, Mark works to demonstrate the important role the profession has, working collaboratively and sharing resources to best serve the community.
Throughout his career Mark has always been a supporter of TSI. Joining the Scottish Branch Executive in 2003 Mark has been conference director, education secretary, vice chairman and chairman in 2008. Since 2008 he has been branch representative on the TSI Council and is currently TSI Council representative on the qualifications and awards board, where he is passionate in his role in steering the direction of education and learning for future professionals.
Away from work Mark enjoys the occasional game of football and golf. He enjoys travel, particularly on his motorcycle and also visiting cities not visited before. A lifelong fan of Dundee United football club, Mark watches his team when he can.