Mark is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor (FRICS) with over 26 years’ experience in private practice. Much of his career has been spent in the education and residential sector, providing Cost Management Advice on Children’s Centres, Schools, Colleges, Universities as well as large-scale residential developments (of up to 3,500 units). Mark also has extensive experience in viability estimates and establishing indicative development costs for large scale master plans and has actively been involved in several large-scale planning applications.
Mark is a Partner with Ward Williams Associates for whom he manages the Salisbury office and prior to this was a Partner with GSSArchitecture in Bristol and a Director of Residential Developments at Gleeds Cost Management, based in London, where he was responsible for the cost management of over £1bn worth of construction projects.
Mark has a strong Corporate Responsibility background, having previously being Chair of the Premises Committee for the Governing Body at Devizes School where he worked with the Bursar on a successful CIF Bid for window and roof replacement, together with obtaining funding for replacing the oil-fired heating system with a modern gas alternative. He is currently a trustee for the new established EQUA Multi-Academy Trust, based at Lavington School, which also includes five primary schools in the east of Wiltshire.
He spent four years as Chair of Bristol ProHelp, a scheme organised by Business in The Community (BITC) where professional services businesses provided pro-bono advice to not for profit organisations.
Mark has also been extensively involved in the promotion of his industry and profession to schools, particularly those in less affluent areas of the areas where he has worked. Whilst at GSSArchitecture, he developed their “Designing Your Future” work experience programme, which was awarded a regional “Big Tick” for CSR by BITC and was second only to Channel 4 in their National Awards for Excellence.
In recognition of his work with the community and schools he was awarded the role of BITC Prince of Wales Ambassador for the South West. This individual is nominated by BITC but personally selected by HRH The Prince of Wales. As part of this role, Mark spoken at a number of conferences about the importance of Corporate Responsibility has both to organisations and the community.
Further recognition was given by the RICS, who named Mark as one of the 25 most influential surveyors in the world for his work in the communities and in schools.