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Mark is Professor of Practice in Connectivity at Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning and has thirty years’ international experience in multiple industries including management consultancy, biotech, IT, finance, economic development & transport.
After graduating in Physics at Manchester in 1985, Mark’s early career was in software development & implementation. From 1997 to 2002 he worked for the PA Consulting Group leading major projects for clients in Europe and North America. In 2003 he founded and was until 2009, CEO of biotech company Q Chip Ltd. Mark now has his own consultancy business and provides support and advice in the fields of economic development and transport strategy to public and private bodies; he has also assisted start-up and early stage companies.
In February 2011, Mark's report, "A Metro for Wales' Capital City Region - Connecting Cardiff, Newport and the Valleys" was published by The Cardiff Business Partnership in conjunction with The Institute of Welsh Affairs. In March 2013, "A Cardiff City Region Metro: transform | regenerate | connect" was published by the Metro Consortium which led to a direct commission from the Welsh Government to produce, “A Cardiff Capital Region Metro: Impact Study”, published in November 2013.