Mark received his BSc in Physics from University of Birmingham in 1994, where he then continued with a Materials PhD in collaboration with QinetiQ. In 1997, he became a permanent employee of QinetiQ, applying and developing advanced instrumentation and analysis technologies to problems within the field of structural materials. In 1999, he was seconded to UK Ministry of Defence, with responsibility for proritisation of defence research areas and budget alongside technology procurement policy to QinetiQ and UK defence industries.
In 2001, Mark relocated to Silicon Valley, CA, to provide technical oversight of analytical instrumention within the park alongside collaborators UCal, University of Berkeley and US Department of Defence. He returned to the UK in 2005 to head Bruker AXS Electron Optic group, with responsibility for product development, budget, service delivery, application development, and marketing. In 2007, Mark joined University of Warwick, offering expertise in development of strategy, policy, partnerships and market engineering to advance academic-industrial collaborations and technology transfer. In 2012, Mark began the development of Warwick Scientific Services, which he lead from August 2013 - December 2015. Mark joined Magna International as Senior Manager, Corporate Engineering and R&D in January 2016.
Mark is a member of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist with interests in electronic and structural materials; analytical instrumentation; industry-university interaction methods; sane business planning; leadership strategies; ‘effective governance without red-tape’ and maximising operational effectiveness in organisations.