It is now six months since Mark started working for ADASS as a Policy Officer. During this time he has really enjoyed the challenge of the role, getting to grips with social care and thankful to everyone for making him feel so welcome.
Mark has 20 years’ experience in the policy arena as a communications consultant, councillor and public affairs account director. Prior to working for ADASS, Mark worked for a public affairs agency specialising in health. He worked for a number of clients including member-led organisations, charities and pharmaceutical companies, raising their profile within Parliament, through the media and in policy development.
Mark said: “I am really enjoying working for ADASS and the challenges ahead. With a new government who put the NHS at the centre of its manifesto, and the increasing integration of health and social care, now is a very exciting time to be involved in policy development”.
Outside of work his main interests are sport, family and current affairs. A devotee of football, cricket, golf, tennis, running, swimming and cycling. He currently cycles from home near St Albans to the local station, then into ADASS HQ in Smith Square by courtesy of Santander’s Boris Bike franchise.
Overall he cycles about 200 miles a month. Last year he completed a sponsored cycle ride in support of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, an interest explained by the death of the father of one of his closest school friends. Now, he acknowledges, his young family increasingly takes centre stage in his list of interests and priorities.
He moves to ADASS with local government and health being key elements of his interest and knowledge. And has quickly taken on his lead responsibilities for integration and personalisation. Additionally, he is working on DToC and the BCF.