Mark is a founder
member, trustee and Honorary Vice President of the Sunderland Symphony
Orchestra. He was one of the three Councillors for the, then, Thornholme Ward
who had the vision of a long term project and lasting legacy to
commemorate the New Millennium that would develop the musical potential
of people in Sunderland. The project was developed following the Local Authority decision in 1999 to
withdraw funding for the Schools Music Service and the City Youth
Mark is a former
Senior Lecturer in Nursing at Northumbria University and previously to
that a Nurse Tutor at Sunderland School of Nursing.
Mark served as a
Councillor in Sunderland for a period of 26 years until 2006. He was
conferred as a City Alderman in 2014.
He loves the game of
cricket and is a keen and enthusiastic supporter of Durham County
Cricket Club. He enjoys attending live Jazz sessions, liking all genres
of Jazz but has his favourites ranging from Artie Shaw, Ella Fitzgerald,
Bill Evans and Amy Winehouse.
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