Over 20 years experience of managing top hotels and country clubs.
In the past 10 years, as well as managing Stoke Park’s day-to-day operations, he worked on the planning stages of the prestigious new London Dunhill Club in Mayfair. Mark was also an integral part of the set-up team for Wembley Stadium fulfilling the role of Senior Manager for the Bobby Moore Club, which provides dining facilities for up to nineteen hundred guests.
Mark is perhaps best known for his work at Stoke Park, regarded as a leading country club with a worldwide reputation for excellence. During his 6 years as Club Director he oversaw extensive refurbishment of the estate and development of the spa and Pavilion. Significant growth saw the demand for additional luxury accommodation – a further 28 well-appointed rooms being completed in 2008.
In the sporting world, working alongside the Ace Group, he was instrumental in the running of the annual Boodles Tennis Challenge held at Stoke Park the week preceding Wimbledon. The tennis event attracts high-profile tennis players and is now a firm favourite in the sporting calendar each year.
Mark started his hotel career on the south coast after attending Eastbourne College of Arts and Technology. He was a De Vere Hotels Trainee Manager at the 5 Star Grand Hotel Eastbourne where he worked for four years before moving to The Royal Bath Hotel in Bournemouth. Gaining the position of Assistant Manager various promotions followed including Food and Beverage Manager and finally House Manager. Mark continued his career at the Bellhouse Hotel in Beaconsfield as Deputy General Manager for four years.
He moved to Sussex as General Manager of Alexander House Hotel – a top quality establishment with a renowned reputation for service. During Mark’s tenure the hotel achieved a vast array of awards, including a Gold Ribbon from the RAC; the highest rating from the AA (Red Stars) being in the top 200 rated hotels in the country, and the restaurant awarded with 3 Rosettes. The Hotel was also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Whilst in Sussex Mark was a member of various business organisations including The West Sussex Economic Forum and Standing Conference, Gatwick Hotels Association, as well as a member of The Mid Sussex Hotels Association.
He is known as a confident public speaker and shares a great passion for the hospitality industry. Attention to detail is a key trait, with his in-built ability to see the smallest article and this has been a marker throughout his career. Mark gives of his time to support a number of industry-related organisations. Currently he is working as a volunteer for the Princes Trust and and previously a Diploma Employer Champion for the hospitality diplomas launched in September 2009.
He was elected in 2002 a member of HCIMA and in 2008 a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality. He has served on the Sussex Branch and Thames Valley as a committee member. In October 2004 he was made a Chevalier of the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne and an Ambassador for Buckinghamshire in November 2004. In June 2005 he was created an Honorary Member of The 4th Prince of Wales Own Gurkha Rifles Officers Association. In July 2007 he became an Academician of the Champagne Academy and served as Vice-Chairman in 2013. In December 2007 he was made an Honorary Member of the Scots Guards Band. In March 2009 he was granted the freedom of the City of London. In April 2012 he was elected Fellow of the Hospitality Professionals Association and in October 2012 elected member to the Reunion des Gastronomes. In 2014 he was elected Chairman of the Champagne Academy and has served on the board of the Academy since 2008. In 2015 he was a founder member of the Hospitality Experts consortium.
I joined Cohub because I needed a base away from my home office so that I could focus on projects and strategy. I also needed to be ‘part of a team’ as well as part of a community.