He finally joined Charles Stanley as a trainee Stockbroker in 1998. Companies, economics and markets continue to fascinate, and Mark loves being able to help others make sensible decisions with their wealth now, and for future generations.
Mark lives with his wife, two sons, dog, tortoise and fish(es), in a certified Passivhaus (low energy) house, completed five years ago, having spent three memorable years, on site, in a static caravan.
Describe yourself in three words? Optimistic, Curious, Resolute.
What was your first job? Summer job working for Mansell Construction, as a general labourer, on a site on the Lakenheath US air base.
What frustrates you? When I am in the right mindset nothing frustrates me.
So, I guess, not always being in the right mindset can be frustrating!
How do you spend your leisure time? Mostly with my family, or down my local, which is now run by my best man. The White Hart, Ashill- I can thoroughly recommend, and the beer is looked after exquisitely!
What’s your favourite television programme? At the moment, the Second series of Ted Lasso.
What’s your favourite food? Steak.
What food do you hate? Life’s too short to hate… I can pretty much eat anything.
What is your biggest weakness? Thinking too much.
Where are you happiest? At home.
What was the first record you bought? 1977 Top of the Pops Vol 63 compilation…not very rock & roll I’m afraid.
At school, what were you good at? Technical drawing and giving the appearance of working hard.
What one material thing could you not do without? Audio books – is that material?
You’d go to a fancy-dress party as? The Invisible Man (you literally would not see me, unless I really had to be there!)
What poster did you have on your bedroom wall as a child? A pin up of a Top of the Pops Girl in a shiny gold jump suit, it came free with my first record!
How many attempts before you passed your driving test? I passed on the second attempt (like all the best drivers😊).