Mark joined BESTrustees in July 2019. He is trustee and chairman of the defined benefit Grant Thornton Pensions Fund having been a trustee for 14 years and chairman for 10 years.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant having qualified in 1986 and was an audit and transactions services partner having specialised in the latter in recent years. Mark has considerable experience of auditing pension schemes and of Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Restructuring, including dealing with complex defined benefit pension issues that have required resolution prior to completing the transaction. He has experience of many sectors including manufacturing, automotive, veterinary services, financial services and engineering consultancy.
Mark, from his time as trustee and chairman of the Grant Thornton Pensions Fund, has extensive liability management experience, including closure to future accrual, partial transfers and buy-ins, appointment of a fiduciary manager, negotiations with the Pensions Regulator and changing all advisors.
Mark is also a governor of a Special Education Needs school and director of a charity.