After finishing school Mark joined an engineering firm on a YTS scheme and still works in engineering as a draughtsman. He served for a number of years as a union lifelong learning representative and a union rep.
Mark volunteers with the Grandparents Plus charity as a “Someone Like Me” caller, supporting other kinship carers by being a listening ear.
Mark felt politically lost, but after speaking with members on Twitter and reading the New Declaration he joined the party in 2019. “The New Declaration resonated with me so much that for the first time in my life I felt compelled to join a political party.” Mark stood as a candidate for the SDP in the 2019 General Election in the constituency of Jarrow.