Mark hails from Blackburn and Altrincham, graduating from AberdeenUniversity prior to a first career as a district forest officer with the Forestry Commission in the Scottish Borders, Lake District, East Anglia and the English Marches. Mark loyally supports Blackburn Rovers FC, and loves upland walking with faithful labrador Honey, mainly in Swaledale where he has a house. Family, friends, people-watching, choir singing, Church organisation and racket sports are among his other interests, along with a fatal attraction to challenges! For 3 years he was Assistant Curate in Cherry Hinton & Teversham after training at Westcott House Cambridge, becoming vicar of 3 villages for 9 years, Rural Dean of Fordham and Archdeaconry Sub-Warden of Readers in the Ely Diocese, then briefly a School Chaplain at Framlingham. He moved to Manchester in January 2005 from being Bishop’s Chaplain for 2 years in Peterborough. In forming the new Salford All Saints Team (in addition to co-ordinating and other responsibilities as Team Rector), Mark was the Parish Priest for 3 of the 5 churches, and had a particular involvement with schools and youth work. In addition to Salford Deanery work, and then serving as Vicar of Rochdale, Mark served on the Diocesan Synod, co-tutored newly-ordained curates, and served on the Diocesan Church & Society Committee, being particularly involved in the Historic Churches, and Urban Faith & Life, Task Groups.He is delighted to be here, nearer family, and is enjoying the new challenges!