Key interests and
Mark’s interests outside politics are his family and home.
He is also a lapsed sailor and dog walker.
Mark has been a community councillor for Treuddyn, a former
school governor (and chair) of Ysgol Parc y Llan, and former voluntary board
member of Venture Housing Association.
He is a Management Board Member of the Buddies Autism Club,
Vice President of North Wales Disability Resources Centre, a Patron of the
British Association of Social Workers, an Ambassador for Clwyd Girl Guides,
Vice President of North Wales Play, Vice Patron of RORO sailing project, a
Member of Glyndŵr University Court, a Member of North Wales Wildlife
Trust, a Patron of North Wales Deaf Association, President of the Centre for
Cultural Engagement, Vice President of the Boys and Girls Clubs for Wales,
Trustee of Families Need Fathers Both Parents Matter Cymru, a Patron of
Flintshire Disability Forum, and a Patron of Policy Forum for Wales. Mark was
also the founder of CHANT Cymru (Community Hospitals Acting Nationally
Together) in the second Assembly.
Mark lives in Flintshire with his wife. They have six
children and a grandchild. A politics graduate of Newcastle University, Mark
qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. He was previously
employed as a building society area manager in north Wales.
Mark was first elected to the National Assembly for Wales in
2003, before being re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2016. In the Second and Third
Assemblies he was the Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister in a range of areas,
including Finance, Education, Social Justice, Equality and Housing, as well as
being the member of a number of Assembly committees and chairing the Assembly’s
Legislation Committee No. 5. He also chaired Cross-Party Groups on Fuel
Poverty, Neurosciences, and Funerals and Bereavement. In the Fourth Assembly he
was the Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Communities, Housing, Policing
and North Wales, as well as sitting on the Assembly’s Communities, Equality and
Local Government Committee and the Assembly’s Standards Committee. He has also
chaired Cross-Party Groups on Autism, Neurological Conditions, Fuel Poverty,
Hospices and Palliative Care, and Funerals and Bereavement, and Co-chaired the
Cross-Party Group on Disability.