Mark joined the Council as Assistant Chief Executive in August 2000 and was promoted to the position of Chief Executive two years later.
During his 21-year career as Chief Executive, the Council has achieved national recognition as one delivering high quality and value for money services. During this period the Council has contributed to the growth of the local economy and the enhancement of the natural environment, whilst ensuring that the quality of life of local residents has been at the forefront in thinking and action within the Council. Mark is particularly proud of the Council’s strong financial position and the achievement of the highest level Investors in People accreditation.
Mark retires as the longest serving district Chief Executive in England and Wales. He also served for five years as the Chief Executive of the former South Somerset District Council.
In his own time Mark volunteered for ten years as a lifeboatman with the Sidmouth Lifeboat and for six years as a trustee of Devon Air Ambulance.
Mark said "I would like to thank all the wonderful people I have worked with over the years. A captain is only as good as their team, and I have been blessed to have great support from councillors and officers alike. The Council is facing significant future challenges and the time is now right to pass the baton."