Mark has a varied career to date, working with and planning services for some of the most vulnerable and stigmatised people in society. He brings skills to the Board as a practitioner and manager from homelessness and drug alcohol services. His primary motivation is to improve the life chances for care leavers and make things better for some of the most disadvantaged people in society.

In the early days he worked in residential setting with young single homeless people and a specialist service for care leavers. He then moved into drug and alcohol services and gained a fuller understanding of the challenges care leavers have who are unfortunately disproportionately represented in this sector. Mark has also worked at a strategic level at East Lothian Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Scottish Drugs Forum and at the Scottish Government where he was involved in the writing of the national Alcohol and Drugs Strategy, Rights, Respect and Recovery. Through his work, Mark has developed a good understanding of what can work well with young people who often carry unresolved traumas and need love and relationships to underpin professional interventions. Mark has seen with his own eyes how people can recover and move on and be an inspiration to others in similar circumstances.

Mark is keen to be involved with Staf at this exciting time as the Independent Care Review is published. He believes that this review has the potential to drive and give the culture change that the care system needs with its inclusive and evidence based approach that puts care experienced people at the heart of decision making.  He believes that Staf is in a good place to be the front of positive changes and feels privileged to be involved is shaping and implementing this change.