Mark was inspired to join the charity sector after hearing an inspirational talk by Scott Harrison, the founder of Charity Water. The quote, ‘do not fear work without an end’ resonated with Mark as he realised in that instant what he wanted to do with the rest of his life.
Mark has previously enjoyed a long career in Banking, having held senior roles across a number of disciplines, which included running business units in the UK, the Channel Islands, Singapore and Hong Kong. Whilst on their tour of duty in Asia, Mark and his wife Sally, witnessed first-hand, the devastating effects and loss of life caused by the Asian Tsunami of Boxing Day 2004, when they were holidaying on the island of Phuket, Thailand. This life changing experience led them to adopt their beautiful little girl, Mali from an island in Indonesia.
Fast forward to 2016, when Mark was inspired by a friend to run the London Marathon for Children with Cancer UK, a day he describes as incredibly emotional and humbling. Running then became a major part in both Mark and Sally’s lives and they ran the London Marathon for Children with Cancer UK the following year crossing the finish line together. To have raised funds and run the London Marathon for Children with Cancer UK was a privilege and he has to pinch himself to think he’s now responsible for running this amazing charity with an incredible team.
When not working at the Charity, Mark can be found out running with his wife and their two rescue dogs, which he describes as one of his favourite pastimes, or spending time with Mali of course!
Nick has a long link with the charity from his time on our Scientific Advisory Panel; he took up the role of Medical Research Director in 2016 on retiring from Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is working with the Scientific Advisory Panel and the staff team to maximise the positive impact of our research funding.
Denis Henshaw, formerly Professor of Human Radiation Effects at Bristol University, has wide experience in environmental factors affecting childhood cancer risk. Denis works with the charity’s Scientific Advisory Panel to award funding for high-quality research into the causes, prevention and treatment of childhood cancer.